7. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) – 1,202 runs
Sanath Jayasuriya has been one of the most entertaining cricketers the world has seen. He was a kind of batsman that people would flock the ground to watch. Jayasuriya was someone who came out with all his guns blazing right from ball one. His name would always be cherished for changing the approach of openers in Power-play overs. Players like him add new dimensions to the game. He along with Romesh Kaluwitharana showcased how to make full use of first 15-20 overs and a new kind of pinch-hitting opening partnership emerged. However, for former Lanka skipper it was in 2001 when he scored his highest number of runs in a year. In 33 innings, the southpaw blasted 1,202 runs at 37.56 with a brilliant strike-rate of 83.24. He also picked up 26 wickets with ball in hand and was invaluable for his side.