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T20 World Cup: Tournament top batter odds

Runs aplenty, a mountain of sixes and action all the way is expected at the T20 World Cup, with a host of top-class batters ready to make life difficult for the best bowlers in the game.

The market for tournament top batter is dominated by stars from India, with three of their aces among the current top five contenders, including the strong favourite Virat Kohli - the leading runscorer in the history of the tournament.

Jos Buttler captains defending champions England and he is also expected to be a star performer, along with in-form Australian left-hander Travis Head.

Virat Kohli - 7.50

India all-time great Kohli has a pedigree in the competition that cannot be matched, having scored a record 1,141 runs across the five T20 World Cups he has played in to date.

The classy right-hander was the leading batter at both the 2014 and 2022 tournaments, while he was second in the list in 2016, showing that his outstanding quality is backed up by stunning consistency.

Kohli is also in tip-top form, having been dismissed in single figures in just one of his last nine T20I innings, while at the recent IPL he was just as consistent, racking up a massive 741 runs for Royal Challengers Bengaluru.

That tally was 158 more than any other batter in the competition and was clear evidence that the veteran is far from done on the biggest stages in the game.

 Jos Buttler - 11.00

Buttler led England to T20 World Cup glory two years ago and delivered a matchwinning 80 not out from 49 balls in a ten-wicket rout of India in the semi-finals.

The explosive right-hander has certainly enjoyed being utilised at the top of the order for the Three Lions, making the most of the opportunity to play himself in a little before unfurling the vast array of strokes he possesses.

He was the leading England runscorer at the 2022 tournament and was fourth on the list of all batters with 225 runs, with Kohli leading the way on 296.

Buttler was far from at his best in the recent IPL, but has subsequently made 84 and 39 against Pakistan to show that form is temporary, but class is permanent.

Travis Head - 12.00

Australian left-hander Head certainly heads into the tournament in fine form and has emerged as the top batter for his side as they bid to win a second T20 World Cup.

Head tallied 567 runs at the recent IPL, a total made all the more impressive as he was dismissed without scoring in three of his last four innings.

He made four 50s and one century from 15 knocks for Sunrisers Hyderabad, while of even greater importance was a truly outstanding strike-rate of 191.55, which will certainly give World Cup bowlers pause for thought.

Yashasvi Jaiswal - 12.00

Left-hander Yashasvi Jaiswal is the latest star off the seemingly unending production line of Indian batting talent, having made stunning starts to his international career in both Test and T20 cricket.

In 17 T20I appearances to date he has passed the 500-run mark, having made four half-centuries and a ton against Nepal, striking at a hugely impressive rate of 161.93.

Surrounded by the rest of a top-quality India batting line-up, Jaiswal looks to be ready to make a big impact at the first major global tournament of his burgeoning international career.

Rohit Sharma - 12.00

A player of the class of Rohit Sharma would be the standout batter in any other side, but he has seemingly always had to play second fiddle to Kohli with India.

However, the explosive right-handed opener is the fourth highest runscorer in the history of the T20 World Cup and is poised to become only the third batter to pass the 1,000-run mark in the competition.

He struggled for form for much of his recent IPL campaign with Mumbai Indians, but the third highest runscorer in the history of T20I cricket cannot be discounted as a genuine contender in the top tournament batter market.

Other contenders

Suryakumar Yadav - 13.00
Babar Azam -
13.00
Phil Salt -
13.00
David Warner -
15.00
Mitchell Marsh -
17.00

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