The 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup is set to be held in October-November. There is still no clarity over the hosts of the event. India were originally scheduled to organize the mega event. However, in the wake of the COVID situation in the country, that possibility has been all but ruled out. UAE has emerged as one of the top contenders to host the event while Oman has emerged as a potential co-host. The T20 World Cup was last held in 2016, West Indies overcoming England in a pulsating final. As we build-up to this year’s edition, here’s a look at some impressive records from the tournament.
1. Most Runs: Mahela Jayawardene
Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardeneholds the record for having scored the most runs in the T20 World Cup. He played 31 matches and scored 1016 runs at a strike rate of 134.74 with one hundred and six fifties. In fact, he is the only batsman to have notched up over 1000 runs in the tournament. Chris Gayle is next on the list with 920 runs from 28 matches.
2. Highest individual score: Brendon McCullum
Former Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum holds the record for having notched up the highest individual score in the T20 World Cup. He achieved the feat when he hammered 123 off 58 balls against Bangladesh at Pallekele in September 2012. McCullum smashed 11 fours and seven sixes during his belligerent innings. A total of eight hundreds have been registered in the T20 World Cup so far.
3. Highest strike rates (Minimum 125 balls) – Daren Sammy
Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy has the best strike rate in the T20 World Cup among players who have faced at least 125 balls. In 25 innings, he blasted 215 runs (131 balls) at a strike rate of 164.12. Aussie maverick Glenn Maxwell is second on the list with at a strike rate of 160.
4. Most 50-plus scores – Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle
Indian captain Virat Kohli and West Indian legend Chris Gayle are the combined record-holders among players with the most 50-plus scores. While Kohli has registered nine fifties from 16 matches, Gayle has seven half-centuries and two hundreds from 28 T20 World Cup matches. The West Indian is the only player in T20 World Cup history to have scored more than one century.
5. Most sixes – Chris Gayle
Not surprisingly, West Indian legend Gayle holds the record for having smashed the most sixes in the T20 World Cup. He has blasted 60 maximums from 28 games. Yuvraj Singh is a distant second with 33 sixes from 31 matches.
6. Most sixes in an innings – Chris Gayle
The record for most sixes in an innings is also in the name of Gayle. He clobbered 11 sixes during his unbeaten 100 off 48 balls against England in Mumbai in 2016. The veteran left-hander is also at number two in the list. He blazed 10 sixes during his 117 off 57 balls against South Africa in Johannesburg in September 2007.
7. Most ducks – Shahid Afridi and Tillakaratne Dilshan
Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan jointly have to their name the unwanted record of having registered most ducks in the T20 World Cup. Both the former international cricketers fell without scoring five times each, having played 34 and 35 matches respectively.
8. Most wickets – Shahid Afridi
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has claimed the most wickets in the T20 World Cup. He picked up 39 wickets in 34 games at a strike rate of 20.7. Sri Lankan great Lasith Malinga is next on the list with 38 scalps from 31 games.
9. Best bowling figures – Ajantha Mendis
Former mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis holds the record for having claimed the best bowling figures in the T20 World Cup. He bamboozled Zimbabwe with six wickets for eight runs in a match in Hambantota in September 2012. Two of four overs bowled by Mendis during his spell were maidens as Zimbabwe folded up for 100, chasing 183.
10. Best economy rate (Minimum 250 balls) – Sunil Narine
Another mystery spinner, West Indies’ Sunil Narine has the best economy rate in the T20 World Cup, among bowlers who have sent down a minimum of 250 balls. In 12 matches, Narine sent down 44.4 overs and maintained an economy rate of 5.17.