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ICC World T20: Most Centuries Scored by an Opener, Centuries in T20-World Cup and Nation Wise

by on January 7, 2011
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ICC World T20: Most Centuries Scored by an Opener

A classy left handed batsman with stylish drives he is none other than Chris Gayle of West Indies. His marvel with bat in at the T20 World cups nominates him as the top class opener. Although in the presence of opening batsmen like Adam Gilchrist, Graeme Smith and Sanath Jayasuria, Chris Gayle has earned himself as the best performing opening batsman in T20 game of cricket.

Chris Gayle, playing against South Africa on their home ground, made 117 runs of just 57 balls in the very first match of 2007 ICC World T20. Not only that Gayle with the co- support of Devon Smith was able to build up a first wicket partnership of 166 runs and gave West Indies a solid start. However, with the departure of Devon Smith from the crease, Windies batting line thrashed out by Proteas bowling attack and South Africa won the match by 8 wickets.

Since then none of the batsmen has ever made a century in such a great fashion. Chris Gayle is still the undisputed opener with an excellent century in T20 World Cup history.

Most T20 Centuries Scored World Cup Wise

Looking at the historical centuries at the T20 cricket world Cups, the best ever century was scored in 2007 ICC World T20 by Chris Gayle of West Indies. Chris Gayle scored 117 runs of just 57 balls while maintaining an astounding strike rate of 205 against South Africa in an opening match of the very first ICC World T20 played in South Africa. Another player, who scored a century during 2007 ICC World T20, was Srilankan top batsman Mahela Jayawardene. Jayawardene scored a 100 against Zimbabwe at Providence South Africa, ensuing in a strike rate of 156 runs.

2009 ICC World T20, did not witnessed any batsman who could score a century in the tournament.

During 2010 ICC World T20 only one century was recorded and the player was Suresh Raina from India. Suresh scored 101runs of 60 balls against South Africa at Gros Islet, West Indies.

World T20: Nation Wise Best Centuries Scored

Scoring a century in a T20 match is never been an easy task as the game is of 20 overs that is the batsmen face 120 balls in an inning. To notch up a hundred by a single batsman in merely 120 balls is seems unattainable; however, three players have touched the 100 mark in the history of ICC World Cup T20. First is Chris Gayle of West Indies who made a stupendous 117 of just 57 balls against South Africa, however; it was unfortunate for Windies to lose the match against South Africa. India’s Suresh Raina scored a century for his team as he scored 101 runs of 60 balls against South Africa in 2010 ICC World T20. Srilanka’s Mahela Jayewardene scored 100 runs of 64 balls against a match in 2007ICC World T20.

Team Player Runs Balls Strike rate ICC World T20
West Indies CH Gayle 117 57 205.26 2007-08
India SK Raina 101 60 168.33 2010
Sri Lanka DPMD Jayawardene 100 64 156.25 2007-2008


ICC World T20: Most centuries scored

Scoring a century in a cricket match is always a batsman’s dream which he strives to fulfil in every other match whether it’s a test match a one day international or a T20 game of cricket.  ICC World T20 has not seen much of it’s a knotty task to achieve a century in a 20 overs game by a batsman. Despite that we see some outstanding performances in T20 World Cup tournaments as there are only three centuries scored by Chris Gayle of West Indies (117 runs), Suresh Raina of India (101 runs) And Mahela Jayewardene of Srilanka (100 runs)  in ICC World T20.

Chris Gayle, West Indies’ stylish left handed opener who in very first match of ICC World T20 scored the fastest century with flying colours. Chris Gayle made 117 runs of just 57 balls against South Africa at Johannesburg during 2007 ICC World T20 tournament. Although West Indies lost the match to South Africa, Chris Gayle was declared as player of the match on his pugnacious batting.

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