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Analyzing the Mind-Blowing T20 World Cup Records: Behind the Numbers

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The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, held every two years, is the pinnacle event in the shortest format of cricket. It’s a global spectacle that ignites passion across continents, bringing together the best international teams in a fierce battle for cricketing supremacy. Since its inauguration in 2007, the T20 World Cup (WC) has become a phenomenon, captivating audiences worldwide with its fast-paced, action-packed format and record-breaking performances.

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T20 cricket, with its shorter format, offers a unique blend of excitement and strategy. In a 20-over affair, matches demand explosive batting displays, cunning bowling tactics, and quick decision-making on the field. This condensed format creates a high-pressure environment where every ball carries immense weight, leading to nail-biting finishes and unpredictable outcomes.

Beyond the national pride and fierce competition, the tournament has witnessed some phenomenal individual and team performances, etching their names in the record books. Let’s delve into some of the most remarkable T20 World Cup Records this electrifying. tournament:

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Batting Records in T20 World Cups

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Most Runs: Virat Kohli, the Indian batting maestro, reigns supreme with a staggering 1141 runs in the T20 world cup, from 2012 till 2022 edition.

Most Fifties: With 14 fifties in 25 innings, Virat Kohli tops the chart of player with the most number of half-centuries in T20 World Cups.

Highest Score: Brendon McCullum, the swashbuckling wicketkeeper batsman from New Zealand, holds the record for the highest individual score in a T20 World Cup match, smashing 123 runs against Bangladesh in 2012.

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Most Hundreds: The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle has the record of scoring the maximum number of centuries to his name. He has scored a total of two centuries in the T20 World cup.

Highest Partnership: Jos Buttler and Alex hales have the record of the highest partnership in a T20 world cup match. They achieved this feat in a match against India in the 2022 edition of world cup.

Most Sixes: The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle holds the record of hitting the most number of sixes in the T20 World Cup. In 31 innings, the Southpaw has struck 63 maximums which is way ahead of the 2nd most 35 sixes by Rohit Sharma.

Most Sixes in an innings: Chris Gayle yet again features in this record. The destructive batter from West Indies smoked 11 sixes in against England in T20 World Cup 2016

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Most runs in a single tournament: This feat was achieved yet again by Virat Kohli who amassed a total of 319 runs in the 2014 edition of the T20 World Cup.

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Bowling Records in T20 World Cups

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Most Wickets: Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh has the distinction of being the highest wicket taker in the T20 World cup. He has scalped a total of 47 wickets from the inaugural 2007 edition up till 2022.

Best Bowling Figures: Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis recorded figures of 6/8 in a match against Zimbabwe in 2012; the best ever bowling figures.

Most Wickets in a tournament: another player from the island nation of Sri Lanka has this record to his name. Wanindu Hasaranga took 16 wickets in 2021.

Most Maidens: The only man that has bowled more than 3 maidens in the T20 World Cup is Harbhajan Singh. The Turbanator has bowled 4 maidens in 19 matches.

Wicket-keeping & Fielding Records

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Most Dismissals (wicket keeper): MS Dhoni has the record of most dismissals by a wicket keeper, which is 32 (from the 2007 edition to 2016 edition of the world cup).

Most catches (fielder): South African great AB de Villiers has a total of 23 catches to his name, the most by a fielder.

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Team Records

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Highest Team Total: In the inaugural 2007 edition of the T20 world cup, Sri Lanka amassed a total of 260 runs against minnows Kenya, which till date is the highest team total.

Lowest Team Total: a record that most teams would rather like to avoid, the Netherlands hold the record for the lowest team total of 39 against Sri Lanka in 2014.

Largest Victory (by margin): this record is also held by Sri Lanka, who defeated Kenya by a margin of 172 runs in the 2007 edition of the tournament (the same match wherein they scored the highest ever team total of 260).

Most Extras (in an inning): In 2007, South Africa concede 28 extras against West Indies. This stands at the top followed by England’s 26 extras at the second.

Other Individual Records

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Most Matches: The Indian Skipper, Rohit Sharma has featured in 39 T20 World Cups matches (2007 – 2022) which the most by any player. He is the only Indian player who has played 2007 T20 World Cup and is also the part of the T20 World Cup 2024.

Most Matches (as a captain): MS Dhoni has played the most number of matches as a captain in T20 World Cups. The Ex-Indian Skipper has captained India in 33 T20 WC games (2007 – 2016).


These are just a few of the many records that have been established in the enthralling history of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. As the cricketing world gears up for the upcoming edition, we can anticipate new players etching their names in the record books and adding to the ever-growing legacy of this fast-paced format.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the highest team score in T20 World Cup?

In T20 World Cup 2007, Sri Lanka scored 260-6 against Kenya which is the highest team score in T20 World Cup.

Which team has won the most number of T20 World Cups?

England and West Indies have won the T20 World Cup titles twice.

Which player has scored the most number of centuries in the T20 World Cup?

Chris Gayle holds the record for most number of centuries in T20 World Cup. He has scored two centuries.

Who is the highest run scorer in the T20 World Cups?

In World T20 Tournaments, Virat Kohli leads the chart of scoring maximum runs. Kohli has scored 1141 runs till 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup.

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