When it comes to T20 cricket, the final over is what makes it count. A team might play well throughout the 19 overs, but one over of bad cricket can still make them end up on the losing side, and vice-versa.
The shortest format of the game has given additional weightage to the art of finishing. Over the vast history of T20 cricket, many have provided impactful performances during the 20th over of the tournament.
Let’s have a look at the three batsmen who have the best strike-rates during the 20th over in T20 cricket:
3. David Miller
The 30-year old South African middle-order batsman is a renowned cosmopolitan when it comes to franchise cricket.
The Natal-born cricketer has served Kings XI Punjab for a remarkable tenure, before being released before the auctions last year. Other clubs Miller represents include Hobart Hurricanes, Jamaica Tallawahs, Winnipeg Hawks, and Durban Heat.
Miller strikes the ball at a phenomenal strike rate of 227.35 during the 20th over, largely coming while setting scores for the opposition. The T20 giant holds an impressive tally of 495 fours and 300 sixes in all T20 matches.
2. Jean-Paul Duminy
JP Duminy (227.64) carries only a marginal strike rate above Miller during the ultimate over of the innings.
The former South African limited-overs batting mainstay at the middle order has played for various teams for IPL, including the Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils.
Much like Miller, most of his heroics in the 20th over have come while batting first and setting targets. Duminy has smashed 463 boundaries and 221 maximums in glittering T20 career.
1. Rohit Sharma
The Hitman holds the record for the highest strike rate during the final over in T20 cricket, with his whopping tally of 269.56.
His abilities to finish games of cricket was displayed recently against New Zealand where he hit the final ball for a gigantic six to seal India’s win in a Super Over.
Most of these runs have come while donning the jersey of Mumbai Indians. Unlike in the Indian side, Rohit comes at number four position, holding the responsibility to anchor the innings through death.
Over the years, Rohit has accumulated a massive 763 fours and 361 sixes in his majestic T20 career.