With the final of the T20 Blast this Saturday, we take a look at the top 5 batsmen in this years competition.
The South-African born Surrey opener has been brutally destructive in this season’s T20 Blast. Having been a player of promise during the past few seasons, this year was the summer when Roy began to fulfill his immense potential. He has larruped 619 runs in this year’s competition and ahead of finals day sits atop the run scoring charts – with nobody having a realistic chance of catching him. A powerful batsman capable of clearing the ropes with ease, he has set his side on the way to victory many times this season. His 23-ball 51 against Worcestershire in the quarter-final was belligerent and all but secured his side victory.
Consistently overlooked for international honours (he is England qualified), the Glamorgan all rounder has been supreme while opening the batting for his side. Becoming T20 captain this season does not seem to have affected his form in the slightest as he romped his way to 548 runs and led his side to the quarter-finals before a narrow defeat at the hands of Lancashire. With 5 scores in excess of 50 in his 13 innings this season, Allenby also has the ability to make big scores. In T20, a player who can convert a 50 into an 80 or 90 is a rare and valuable commodity; Allenby did that and then some, as he made 105 against Middlesex in July.
Wright has slipped off the England radar in recent years, he has played just 4 ODI’s in the past 3 years. However, England’s loss has certainly been Sussex’s gain. The powerful all-rounder has excelled in this seasons blast with bat in hand. He has carved his way to 601 runs in the T20 Blast and is one of only two players to score 2 centuries this season. His finest performance came at Chelmsford in July as he dominated his sides overhauling of Essex’s 225/3 and scored 153 from a scarcely believable 63 deliveries. The assault included 11 sixes as all of Essex’s bowlers went the distance.
Carberry is one of the players who will have a chance to improve his T20 Blast run scoring record this weekend as his side feature on finals day this Saturday. So far he has mustered 414 runs and has shown great character to come back so strong after a brutal winter with England. He has been the lynchpin of Hampshire’s charge to finals day, however his place in the top 5 could easily have gone to teammates James Vince (398 runs) or Jimmy Adams (394). With these three in the top order, it is easy to see why Hampshire have progressed well in this year’s T20 Blast.
Mention Varun Chopra and most people will think of an elegant left handed opener, particularly useful in the long form of the game. But as Chopra’s Championship form has suffered this season, his form in this year’s T20 Blast has been superb. In line with my other four picks, Chopra opens the batting for his side; perhaps showing that in T20 the old adage that you play your best batsmen at number 4 is obsolete. He will be important at the top of the order for the Birmingham Bears on finals day, as part of an experienced workmanlike top order. His best performance in this year’s competition (a 54-ball 86) came in the quarter-final against Essex, proving that he is capable of performing when the pressure is on. If they’re to win the competition, Birmingham will need Chopra on top form on Saturday.