Top 10 Leading Run Scorers in SA20 [year]
The inaugural season of the SA20 league, South Africa’s T20 cricket tournament, was held in 2023. Six teams representing a different South African city compete in this competition, featuring international players.
SA20 league is crucial for Cricket South Africa (CSA) in terms of monetization and providing a forum for developing new talent for the national cricket scene.
Many memorable cricketing moments have occurred in the inaugural season of the South African Twenty20 (SA20) league. Here are the top 10 leading run scorers in the SA20 tournament [year].
- Jos Buttler (Paarl Royals)
Jos Buttler was the tournament’s leading run-scorer, scoring 391 runs in 11 innings with an average of 39.10 and a strike rate of 132.54 (including five half-centuries). The royals’ first batsman set the tone for the team by striking a fifty in the opening match.
From leading the IPL in scoring to winning the T20 WC, he was in the form of his life, which he continued in SA20 and became the essential player in the team’s journey to the semi-finals.
- Faf du Plessis (Joburg Super Kings)
With 369 runs scored in 10 innings, Faf du Plessis is in second place. His extraordinary average was 41, and his strike rate was 147.6, which included two 50s and one hundred. Against Durban Super Giants, his most remarkable performance was 113 runs in 54 deliveries.
The 38-year-old captain has been instrumental in his team’s success and advancement to the semi-finals through his plethora of knowledge and leadership.
- Aiden Markram (Sunrisers Eastern Cape)
Next on the list is SA20 champion captain Aiden Markram, who scored 366 runs throughout 12 innings. The captain averaged 33.27 runs per inning and had a respectable strike rate of 127.97. Aiden Markram claimed 11 wickets as well.
Markram’s leadership and the team’s tenacity paved the way to victory. His exceptional batting performances in the semi-finals included three 50s and a century. As a result of his outstanding batting and bowling, he has been named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
- Heinrich Klaasen (Durban Super Giants)
With 363 runs scored in nine innings, Heinrich Klaasen is ranked fourth. The average number of runs he scored per game was 60.5, among the highest in the tournament.
With a strike rate of 164.25, he was his team’s most destructive batter. Despite not advancing to the postseason, the experts praised Kaalsen’s approach to the game.
- Quinton de Kock (Durban Super Giants)
The team’s powerplay got a much-needed potent start thanks to QDK’s power-hitting ability. In 9 innings, Quinton de Kock scored 271 runs at a respectable strike rate of 151.4. He averaged 30.11 and recorded three fifty-plus scores. The captain of Durban was consistent throughout the competition, scoring crucial runs when his team required them.
- Will Jacks (Pretoria Capitals)
Despite being ranked sixth on the ranking, Will Jacks was unquestionably the best hitter in the league’s first phase. The English cricketer scored runs at a phenomenal strike rate of 201.49, accumulating 270 runs in just seven innings with a remarkable batting average of 38.
In addition, he contributed to the success of his team by capturing crucial wickets. Jacks was forced to abandon the tournament in the middle due to national team obligations.
- Leus du Plooy (Joburg Super Kings)
The only uncapped South African on this list, he has impressed cricket fans worldwide. The local boy’s average of 62.25 runs per eight innings was among the highest in the tournament.
He scored 249 runs in just eight innings. He had two 50s and a respectable strike rate of 137.57. Despite not participating in every game, he significantly impacted his team.
- Adam Rossington (Sunrisers Eastern Cape)
Adam Rossington, an English domestic cricketer, scored 246 runs in 10 innings for an average of 24.6. Two fifties and a phenomenal strike rate of 166.2 attest to his powerful striking abilities. As a member of the season’s champions, Rossington was crucial to their victories in the decisive contests.
- Rassie van der Dussen (MI Cape Town)
Rassie is a clean striker of the ball in SA20. However, he disproved his detractors with his extraordinary batting abilities. In 10 innings, he scored 253 runs while maintaining a respectable batting average of 30.38 and recording a half-century. Nonetheless, his 122.11 percent success rate was alarming to many.
- Reeza Hendricks (Joburg Super Kings)
Reeza Hendricks, the tenth representative on the list, scored 239 runs in 10 innings for an average of 23.9. Although he scored a fifty during the tournament, his strike rate of 108.64 was relatively low by T20 standards. However, his most impressive performance occurred in the semi-finals, when he scored 96 runs while pursuing an enormous total.
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