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Most runs in T20 Internationals: McCullum first to complete 2000

March 29, 2014 19:04 IST

McCullum makes history, becomes first to reach 2,000 runs

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Brendon McCullum is rewriting the record books in 2014.

In February, he became the first New Zealand batsman to score a triple hundred – with his 302 against India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The same innings also helped the 32-year-old become the first captain in Test history to score a triple and a double hundred in consecutive matches – having scored 224 in the opening Test at Auckland.

His series aggregate against India (535 runs in two Tests) was also the record for most runs scored by a captain in a two Test series.

Now the New Zealand captain has become the first batsman to cross 2,000-run mark in Twenty20 Internationals.

McCullum achieved the feat during the ICC World T20 2014 match against the Netherlands at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, when he steered Logan van Beek for a single in the 10th over to reach 21.

McCullum was eventually dismissed for a 45-ball 65, his man-of-the-match effort ensuring New Zealand a comprehensive six-wicket win.

The fifty was McCullum’s 13th in T20 internationals (another record). He is also the only batsman to score two hundreds in the format.

McCullum now has 2,044 runs from 67 T20 matches. Here’re the other top scorers in the game’s shortest format.


Image: Brendon McCullum of New Zealand
Photographs: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

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Jayawardene has scored 1,444 runs

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Mahela Jayawardene

The former Sri Lankan captain is a distant second.

Jayawardene has scored 1,444 runs in 52 T20 internationals, including a hundred and nine half centuries.

The 36-year-old is in prime form in the ongoing tournament is Bangladesh, a tournament after which he calls it quits in the format.


Image: Mahela Jayawardena of Sri Lanka
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Dilshan has 1,387 runs from 58 matches

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Tillekeratne Dilshan

The 37-year-old has 1,387 runs from 58 matches.

Like Jayawardene, Dilshan also has a century and nine half centuries to his credit in the format.


Image: Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Sangakkara has 1325 runs in 53 matches

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Kumar Sangakkara

The third Sri Lanka entry in the list.

The former captain has 1325 runs in 53 matches.

Sangakkara has scored seven fifties in the format, with 78 against India in 2009 being his highest score.


Image: Kumar Sangakkara
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Warner has scored 1,324 runs in the 49 matches

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David Warner

The Australian opener has scored 1,324 runs in the 49 matches he has played so far.

Warner has thus far scored 10 half centuries, with his unbeaten 90 against Sri Lanka last year being his highest.


Image: David Warner of Australia during a training session
Photographs: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

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