T20I cricket demands a high level of energy from the players in the team, and the bowlers have a dominant role in the layout. T20I is the latest improvement in the existing form of cricket, and its beginning can be traced back to 2003 when England and Wales Cricket Board began it. It is a form of cricket in which two teams come across each other, which is limited to 20 overs. The first-ever T20 international match was played between New Zealand and Australia on February 17, 2005, at The Eden Park in Auckland. The term ‘strike rate’ represents the average number of runs that batsman scores for every hundred balls they face. A high batting strike rate specifies a more competitive batter that scores very fast, whereas a lower strike rate is a characteristic of a more stable batsman. Here is a list of the Top 10 Afghanistan Cricketer With the Highest Strike Rates In T20.
1. Dawlat Zadran
Dawlat Zadran is ranked top on the list and a former right-arm fast-medium bower for Afghanistan. He played 34 T20I games for his country from 2012 to 2019 and made 62 runs with an average of 7.55. Dawlat made his T20 debut against the Netherlands on March 14, 2012, in Dubai. With zero centuries and half-centuries in his average T20 career, Dawlat Zadran has a 161.90 strike rate
2. Fareed Ahmad
Fareed Ahmad is a left-arm fast-medium bowler from the Afghanistan team who made his first T20I debut against UAE on December 14, 2016, at ICCA Dubai. He played only 16 matches and scored 24 runs with a strike rate of 160.00. He holds the 23rd position for highest partnership for the tenth wicket.
3. Hazratullah Zazai
Hazratullah Zazai is a left-handed opening batter from Afghanistan and is ranked 17th in the ICC Rankings for T20I Batters. He played 22 matches and scored 727 with an average of 36.35. With only one century and three half-centuries, Hazratullah maintains a strike rate of 145.40. He holds the highest individual score in a T20I match with 162 runs.
Shafiqullah is a former wicketkeeper and right-hand batsman from the Afghanistan team who made his first T20I debut against Ireland on February 1, 2010, at Colombo. He played 46 matches and scored 494 with an average of 16.46. With only one half-century, Shafiqullah holds the fourth position with a strike rate of 145.29.
5. Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi is the legend of Afghanistan cricket. He made his T20I debut against Ireland back in 2010 and earned fame and a reputation as a dangerous batter all over the international. Nabi is also ranked 29th best T20I batter according to ICC rankings and holds 7th position for scoring the most runs in a T20I innings when he scored 89 (30) against Ireland in 2017. In 81 T20I innings, he has scored 1539 runs at the strike rate of 142.23 and has four fifties against his name.
6. Najibullah Zadran
Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zadran is the middle-order batsman from Afghanistan who made his first T20I debut against India on September 19, 2012, at Colombo. His 30th position in the ICC T20I rankings is testimony to his consistent performances. Najibullah played 60 T20I innings, scored 1259 at the strike rate of 140.20 and has six fifties against his name.
7. Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Rahmanullah Gurbaz is a Wicket-keeper-top-order-batter from the Afghanistan team. He made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe on September 14, 2019, at Mirpur and is currently ranked 22nd in the T20I rankings. He has played 20 matches and scored 534 runs with a strike rate of 137.62.
8. Mohammad Shahzad
Mohammad Shahzad is a Wicket-keeper-right-hand-batter from Afghanistan who made his T20I debut against India on June 14, 2018, in Bengaluru. He is one of the dreaded T20I batsmen from whom other players were afraid. Shahzad has played 70 T20I innings and scored 2015 runs with a strike rate of 133.62.
9. Najeeb Tarakai
Najeeb Tarakai is a former competitive opening batter who made his T20I debut against Bangladesh on March 16, 2014, at Mirpur. He has played 12 matches and scored 258 runs with an average of 21.50, holding the 7th position for being the shortest-lived player in ODIs. With only one half-century, Najeeb held the ninth position on the list of highest strike rates by Afghanistan players at a strike rate of 122.85.
10. Gulbadin Naib
Gulbadin Naib is an All-rounder from the Afghanistan team who made his T20I debut against the Netherlands on March 14, 2012, in Dubai. In his 43 T20I innings, he has scored 564 runs at a strike rate of 119.49. He also holds the 10th position for scoring the most runs in an innings (44).