Batsmen across all formats are primarily right-handed. The left-handed batsmen are a minority. However, there are many left-handed batsmen across the world. A lot of them are known for their style and flair. We will now look at the left-handed batsmen who have scored the most ODI runs.
1. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara was a wicketkeeper-batsman from Sri Lanka. His strokes, while batting, were known to be graceful and smooth. He was known to make a lot of massive scores. Sangakkara had fantastic longevity. He retired from ODIs at the end of the 2015 World Cup, but he was the best Sri Lankan batsman in the tournament. He scored four centuries in as many consecutive games in the tournament. Kumar Sangakkara scored 14234 runs in his ODI career.
2. Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya was an all-rounder from Sri Lanka. He started as a left-arm spinner and gradually rose above the ranks as a top-order batsman. He was partly responsible for a revolution in the powerplay batting style in the mid-1990s when he started hitting the ball hard, right from the start. Jayasuriya was known to have an exciting and aggressive way of batting. Sanath Jayasuriya scored 13430 runs in his ODI career.
3. Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly was an Indian top-order batsman. He was the captain of the Indian team in the early 2000s. He made a vital contribution to the Indian team in the 2003 World Cup, captaining them to the finals and also scoring two centuries, one of them being in a knockout match. Ganguly was a solid off-side player whose primary strokes included cover drive. He had a high score of 183, which he scored in a World Cup match in 1999. Sourav Ganguly scored 11363 runs in his ODI career.
4. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle was an opening batsman from West Indies. His aggressive batting style was well known across all formats, as he was one of the earliest T20 superstars. Even in test cricket, he is the only batsman to begin a test match with a sixer. Throughout his ODI career, Gayle exhibited an appetite for runs and hard-hitting batting. His highest score was in a World Cup match, where he made a double hundred and is still the only West Indies batsman to score an ODI double hundred. Chris Gayle scored 10480 runs in his ODI career.
5. Brian Lara
Brian Lara was a batsman from West Indies. He was known for his stylish batting, and on song, no one looked better than him. He was predominantly a test stalwart, but he was terrific in ODIs too. Brian Lara scored 10405 runs in his ODI career.
6. Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist was a wicketkeeper-batsman from Australia. He was known to have redefined the role of a traditional wicketkeeper from focussing mainly on glove-work to laying heavy emphasis on batting. He was a lower-order batsman in tests, but in ODIs, he opened the batting. His fast-paced batting was considered a symbolic representation of the Australian way of batting. Adam Gilchrist scored 9619 runs in his ODI career.
7. Saeed Anwar
Saeed Anwar was a top-order batsman from Pakistan. He had a knack for scoring high. His 193 against India was the highest individual ODI score for over a decade. Saeed Anwar scored 8824 runs in his ODI career.
8. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was a batsman from West Indies. He was known for his unconventional batting stance. He was a pretty calm batsman who regularly steadied the innings after a batting collapse. Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 8778 runs in his ODI career.
9. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh was an Indian middle-order batsman. He was known to have an elegant style of batting. Singh made his mark in the finals of the 2002 Natwest Trophy. The peak performance of Singh in ODIs was in the 2011 World Cup, where he provided balance to the team. The Indian team won the World Cup on the back of his performance, and he was the ‘Player of the Series’ in the tournament. Yuvraj Singh scored 8701 runs in his ODI career.
10. Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal is an opening batsman from Bangladesh. He has been an experienced stalwart for them. Iqbal made his debut in 2007 and has been a vital part of the ODI line-up since then. The Bangladeshi team has had a set of players from the 2007 World Cup squad still active, and he is one of them. Tamim Iqbal has scored 8074 runs in his ODI career.