ICC World T20: Most Centuries by Middle Order Batsmen
As there are only three centuries scored in ICC World T20 i.e. by Chris Gayle (West Indies), Suresh Raina (India) and Mahela Jayawardene (Srilanka), the only middle order batsman amongst the three who demonstrated his skill consummately is Suresh Raina of India. Suresh Raina made 101 runs of 60 balls against South Africa in 2010 ICC World T20 played at Gros Islet, West Indies. Playing on a Middle Order position in the discussed match, Suresh Raina was instrumental in facilitating strength to Indian batting with a swashbuckling flourish. Indian scorecard was glittered with his outstanding 100 runs where his 6 other mates overall contributed 80 runs to the Indian score of 186 runs against South Africa.
India which was in troubled waters due to the fall of 2 early wickets won the match by 14 runs, where Suresh Raina was awarded as Player of the Match.
It is of utmost importance in Cricket to understand the value of Middle batting order. Middle order batting in cricket and especially T20 is very important. In the fast and short format of T20 Cricket, middle order can get exposed to the opponents when the ball is almost fully new and the main pace attack is still their. Centuries by middle Order batsmen thus can change the result of any cricket match.
As a matter of routine, centuries coming from the middle order play a very important role in overall game results. If middle order performs, it means that the lower order and the all rounders will not have any pressure on them when they walk in for batting. That in turn means that those all rounders can play some thrilling hard hitting game to score at a very fast pace. Although every batting position is important in Cricket, middle order performance is very important as the middle order is never sure how soon it will be exposed to batting. Quality middle order batsmen thus are highly valued in Cricket.