Most Runs in PSL | Highest Run Scorers in PSL History
Kamran Akmal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Pakistan Super League has had batters of top quality since the very inception of the league. There have been several hard-hitting batsmen who have increased the interest of the fans through their various batting performances. As the sixth edition of the PSL is set to begin on February 20, 2021, let us take a look at the highest run-getters in the league’s history. 

Kamran Akmal from Peshawar Zalmi is leading the charts of the most runs in the league’s history. Having been a regular member of the Zalmi side since the inaugural season, Akmal has so far accumulated 1537 runs at an average of 29.00. His strike rate has been 138. Interestingly, he has smashed three of the total eight centuries that have been seen in the league since its inception. No other player has even scored two centuries so far. 

Kamran Akmal’s record might be broken by the current Pakistan captain. Babar Azam is just short of Akmal’s tally by 21 runs. It can be expected that the two players will at some point think of edging each other. Playing for Karachi Kings, Babar has scored 1516 runs at an average of 37.90. 

Considering the fact that Babar has several years of cricket left before him while Akmal is 39, it is safe to assume that the former will eventually take home the title for being the leading run-getter in the league’s history. 

Among the overseas players, former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is the leading run-getter. He scored 1361 runs at an average of 32.40. He represented Islamabad United in the first two seasons of the league before moving to Quetta Gladiators for the next three seasons. 

He has now retired from all forms of cricket, a decision which he took after the IPL 2020. There are other famous names such as Shoaib Malik, Luke Ronchi, Mohammad Hafeez who have their names in the list of highest run-getter in PSL. 

Most runs in PSL history

Player Mat Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Kamran Akmal 56 55 1537 107* 29.00 138.34 3 9
Babar Azam 47 45 1516 78 37.90 117.97 0 14
Shane Watson 46 46 1361 91* 32.40 138.59 0 9
Shoaib Malik 48 44 1127 68 31.30 122.63 0 7
Ahmed Shehzad 45 43 1077 99 26.26 120.06 0 9
Fakhar Zaman 40 40 1064 94 26.60 137.29 0 7
Luke Ronchi 31 31 1020 94* 36.42 166.12 0 10
Mohammad Hafeez 48 45 1002 98* 25.69 117.33 0 6
Rilee Rossouw 40 37 962 100* 34.35 131.06 1 3
Sarfaraz Ahmed 52 43 868 56* 28.00 125.07 0 3