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AB de Villiers becomes 2nd South African to complete 1,000 runs in T20Is

AB de Villiers has scored five half-centuries in T20Is © Getty Images
AB de Villiers has scored five half-centuries in T20Is © Getty Images

Apr 4, 2014

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers on Friday completed his 1,000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals, during the ICC World T20 2014 semi-final against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. De Villiers achieved the feat in the 15th over of the game with a double off Amit Mishra.

De Villiers is the 16th batsman and the second South African to achieve the feat in Twenty20 Internationals. The left-handed JP Duminy is the first South African batsman to cross the 100-run mark. Graeme Smith, the former skipper scored as many as 982 runs in 33 matches at an average of 31.67.

De Villiers, before the match against India had 997 runs in 56 matches at an average of 22.65. He has five half-centuries to his credit in T20Is. The right-handed batsman has a highest of 79 against Scotland at The Oval in June 2009.

The list of top-scorers is led by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who is the first batsman in the history to score more than 2,000 runs in the shortest version of the game.

Here’s the list of batsmen to have scored 1,000 runs or more in Twenty20 Internationals:

Batsman  Team M R Highest  Avg SR 100s 50s
B McCullum New Zealand 68 2044 123 35.85 135.81 2 13
M Jayawardene Sri Lanka 54 1469 100 31.93 133.91 1 9
T Dilshan Sri Lanka 60 1434 104* 29.26 119.4 1 9
D Warner Australia 51 1391 90* 28.38 138.96 0 10
K Sangakkara Sri Lanka 55 1330 78 30.22 118.64 0 7
JP Duminy South Africa 55* 1322 96* 36.72 124.36 0 7
M Hafeez Pakistan 58 1305 86 24.62 115.38 0 7
M Guptill New Zealand 47 1241 101* 31.82 122.02 1 5
C Gayle West Indies 42 1239 117 32.6 135.55 1 11
U Akmal Pakistan 56 1221 94 27.75 122.1 0 6
K Pietersen England 37 1176 79 37.93 141.51 0 7
S Afridi Pakistan 74 1112 54* 19.17 144.04 0 4
S Watson Australia 45 1074 81 26.85 146.32 0 10
E Morgan England 48 1071 85* 28.94 129.5 0 5
R Taylor New Zealand 59 1060 63 24.09 120.59 0 5
AB de Villiers  South Africa 57*  1007 79*  22.37 125.24 0 5

* AB de Villiers and JP Duminy are playing against India in the ICC World T20 2014 semi-final.

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