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Sri Lanka star can fire his way to the top of the run charts

| 19.03.2014

It has always been said T20 cricket is a batsman’s game and with that in mind there’s no better market to have a bet on than the Top Runscorer market for the World T20 in Bangladesh.

In what looks a very competitive market West Indies star Chris Gayle, who is 9/1 with Ladbrokes, is sure to dominate most people’s thoughts with his swashbuckling hitting.

But our news team have looked further afield and have come up with three alternatives to the big-hitting Jamaican…

Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka

Odds: 14/1

Sri Lanka have plenty of experience of the conditions in Bangladesh after winning the Asia Cup earlier this month and that could play into the hands of their batsmen, especially the in-form Kumar Sangakkara.

The wicket-keeper was in brilliant form in that competition hitting scores of 128, 67, 103 and 76 during his side’s winning run and with a T20 international average of 33 at a strike rate of 120.82, the 36-year-old has to be considered in the Top Runscorer market.

And with Sangakkara, who at the time of writing has scored 1311 international T20 runs, announcing he is retiring from T20 internationals at the end of the World Twenty20, it may be worth taking a punt on him finishing his career in the shortest format of the game in style at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.

Brendan McCullum, New Zealand

Odds: 25/1

The 32-year-old may be seen as an outsider in this market but his record in the international T20 game speaks for itself and therefore he is hard to ignore at 25/1.

McCullum is the leading runscorer in T20 internationals by a huge distance with 1959 runs, leading the chasing pack by over 600 runs.

He is the only player to score two international hundreds in this form of the game and the Kiwi skipper has already shown he is in decent form heading into the tournament hitting an unbeaten 59 in his side’s defeat to Pakistan.

With Ladbrokes paying four places at 1/4 of the odds backing McCullum each way could be the shrewd selection of this T20 World Cup.

Virat Kholi, India

Odds: 10/1

The Indian superstar is the leading batsman in the world in the 50-over game and it would be no surprise to see him transform that form to the 20-over format.

The expectation of the Indian public may rest on his shoulders for this tournament but the 25-year-old, who is ranked fourth in the ICC T20 batting rankings, thrives on the pressure and he is a real contender to lead run scoring charts in sub-continent conditions.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Oliver Yew