The Indian cricket team does not have a dearth of batsmen who are world-class in the true meaning. Whether it is the longest format of the game or the shortest one, there are a number of Indian batsmen who have scored tons of runs and that too at a quick rate, especially in the modern-day game. In the following lines, we will have a look at a few such Indian batsmen who have reached the milestone of scoring 500 runs in the quickest time when it comes to T20I, the shortest and the most entertaining format of the gentleman’s game.
KL Rahul (13 innings to 500 T20I runs)
The gritty batsman, who is also versatile in nature, has made it to the 500 run mark in T20I cricket in real quick time, sparing just 13 innings to reach the milestone. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who is as good as an opener as a middle-order batsman, is known for hitting all the shots in the book and take the opposition to the sword with absolute ease. He has a strike rate of 148.38, which is better than the likes of Chris Gayle, Kevin Pieterson, Brendon McCullam and even his Indian national team colleague, Rohit Sharma.
Virat Kohli (16 innings)
The Indian skipper is arguably the best batsman in the world at the moment and is known for taking on the bowlers in every format. With him finding the boundary with his natural poise and elegance, Kohli crossed the 500 run mark with just 16 innings to spare in the T20I format. In fact, he is also the only batsman to have scored 500 runs against a single team in the shortest format of the game, the opposition being Australia in this case, who has one of the better bowling attacks in this format.
Yuvraj Singh (17 innings)
The flamboyant batsman is known for his elegant shot-making and has been one of the best T20I batsmen ever. The former Indian batsman, who holds the record of hitting six sixes in an over, a rarest of rare feat that he achieved against England during the inaugural World T20 tournament in 2007, is the third quickest Indian batsman to have scored 500 T20I runs in international cricket, which took him only 17 innings.
Gautam Gambhir (17 innings)
Another former Indian cricketer, who was known to be the “Run Machine” among his contemporaries, Gautam Gambhir, is the fourth Indian batsman to reach this incredible feat in as many innings as his former Indian teammate Yuvraj Singh. He reached this incredible landmark in his career with the strike rate of 119.03, which is enviable for any cricketer of the modern era.