ICC World T20 Cricket: Most Fifties by an Opening Batsman and best Middle order batsman
The Matthew Hayden, the iron man of the Australian batting line up has marched to the apex of greatness, to the cricketing perpetuity, to an alcove where his name will be called out with great batsmen like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulker or even Sir Garry Sobers and Sir Don Bradman.
Another coveted record which Mathew Hayden Holds is being the best Opening Batsman at the T20 world Cup to date who has made most number of fifties . Mathew Hayden has played only one T20 World Cup which is 2007 ICC World T20, and recorded four half centuries with a phenomenal strike rate of 144.8. During the discussed tournament he averaged out his score at 88.2 as he played around his front pad, his strong spot. Though his career in T20 was limited to 2007 ICC World T20, if he would have been there, there was a strong possibility that he might have clutched all the batting records of T20 cricket.
Openers are important in any format of Cricket. However, as T20 Cricket is really limited over Cricket, it is important that the openers provide a good start to the team. A fifty (half century) scored by an opener in T20 puts the team’s effort in the right direction.
ICC World T20 Cricket: Best Middle Order Batsman
Playing almost every single ball will felicity with wristy flicks and cover drives, he is the best middle order batsman of Srilanka, Mahela Jayawardene who has scored the most half centuries in ICC World T20 tournaments to date. He has scored 5 fifties in 18 matches with a strike rate of 146.77. Srilankan Captain Kumara Sangakkara sometimes refers Jayawardene as a double edged sword. Jayawardene has not only a potential to drive the ball towards covers but also dabs the ball behind the stumps for some bonus runs. He has remained awesome playing against off spinners where he plays the ball will nominal footwork however with excellent timing and placement.
Mahela Jayawardene played very well in the tournament with flying colours and registered new records in an array of great batsmen on the T20 vista. In general, the importance of Middle order batting cannot be denies in any format of cricket, especially T20 cricket. As T20 cricket is the fastest form of cricket, it is highly probable that the openers might not be able to score big and thus middle order can be exposed to the pace attack while the ball is still new. In such circumstances true caliber of middle order is tested. In most of the cases, players like Jayawardene and Sangakkara have proved their mettle by winning matches for their team. They ended their T20 career by winning the 2014 T20 world cup.