Most Centuries in T20
Over the past decade, T20 (Twenty-Twenty) has emerged as the most popular cricketing format. Fans enjoy this relatively new form as now they don’t have to sit for the entire day in front of their TV sets to know the match result. Moreover, this shorter format of cricket is more exciting and thrilling to follow.
T20 is regarded as a batsman-dominated format Yet, hitting a century is an ultimate achievement that any batsman can dream of, considering an innings has only 20 overs (or 120 balls). Still, several players have hit centuries in T20 International and continue to do so as well.
If you are curious to know the players with most centuries in T20 International cricket, then you can find all the details described below.
List of Players with Most Centuries in T20 International Cricket
Following are the players with most centuries in T20 International cricket:
Nicknamed ‘Hitman,’ Rohit Sharma is an Indian right-handed opening batsman. He tops the list of players with most centuries in T20 International cricket with four centuries. In 108 matches (100 innings), Sharma has scored 2773 runs at an average of 32.24 and a strike rate of 138.79. He has scored 21 fifties and has remained unbeaten 14 times. Sharma made his T20 debut against England at Kingsmead on 19 September 2007. His highest score of 118 runs in 43 balls was achieved in December 2017.
A hard-hitting Australian right-hand batsman, Maxwell has played 61 matches (54 innings) and scored 1576 runs at an average of 35.02 and a blistering strike rate of 160. He has scored three T20 International centuries and seven half-centuries with the highest score of 145 made in 65 balls. Maxwell had his T20 debut against Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 5 September 2012.
Munro is a New Zealand batting all-rounder who bats left-handed and a right-arm medium bowler. Munro has played 65 T20 International matches (62 innings) and has made 1724 runs at an average of 31.35 and a strike rate of 156.44. He has three T20 International centuries and 11 half-centuries to his name with the highest score of 109 in 58 balls. Munro made his T20 International debut against South Africa at Kingsmead on 21 December 2012.
This left-handed batsman from the West Indies is considered one of the deadliest players in T20. He possesses the ability to change the course of a match within a span of 4 to 6 balls. He has hit two centuries in 58 T20 International matches (54 innings). Gayle has made 13 half-centuries and a total of 1627 runs so far with an average of 32.54 and a strike rate of 142.84.
He was the first cricketer to hit a century in T20 International format. Gayle’s first century (also his highest score of 117 runs in 57 balls) came against South Africa during the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007.
Former New Zealand captain and a right-handed batsman, McCullum has hit two T20 International centuries. In 71 matches (70 innings), he has scored a total of 2140 runs with the highest score of 123. His batting average is 35.67 while the strike rate is 136.22. McCullum has scored 13 half-centuries and has remained not out ten times. He made his T20 International debut against Australia at Eden Park on 17 February 2005.
An Indian right-hand wicket-keeper-batsman, KL Rahul is the youngest player to feature in the list of most centuries in T20 International Cricket. Born in April 1992, Rahul has scored two T20 International centuries and eleven half-centuries. He has played 41 matches (38 innings) and has made 1461 runs at an average of 45.66 and a strike rate of 146.1. His highest score is 110 not out (in 51 balls).
Rahul made his T20 International debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on 18 June 2016. He is the only Indian batsman, along with Rohit Sharma, to score a century in all three formats of international cricket.
Evin Lewis, a left-hand batsman from the West Indies, made his T20 International debut against Afghanistan at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on 27 March 2016. This young cricketer has played 32 matches (31 innings) and has made 934 runs at an average of 32.21 and a strike rate of 155.41. He has hit two T20 International centuries and six half-centuries with the highest score of 125.
He is another Australian right-handed batsman that has proved his mettle in limited-overs cricket. Finch has played 61 T20 International matches and made 1989 runs at an average of 38.25 and a strike rate of 155.88. He has two T20 International centuries and 12 half-centuries to his name. Finch’s highest score is 172 runs made in just 76 balls while his second-best is 156 in 63 balls. He made his T20 International debut against England at Adelaide Oval on 12 January 2011.
Another big player and a right-handed batsman from New Zealand, Guptill has made a mark in all three formats of international cricket. Talking about his T20 International performance, he has played 88 matches (85 innings) and made 2536 runs at an average of 32.51 and a strike rate of 134.61. He has two T20 International centuries and 15 half-centuries to his name. Guptill, who made his T20 international debut against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on 15 February 2009, has the highest score of 105.
This Australian left-handed batsman has scored one century in T20 international cricket. In 79 matches, Warner has made 2207 runs at an average of 31.53 and a strike rate of 140.48. He has scored 17 half-centuries while his highest score is 100 runs achieved in 56 balls. Warner made his T20 International debut against South Africa at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 11 January 2009.
This Australian right-hand batsman is the biggest all-rounder of the modern era. He has played 58 T20 International matches (56 innings) and made one century. Watson has made a total of 1462 runs at an average of 29.24 and an impressive strike rate of 145.33. He has made 10 half-centuries and his highest score is 124 runs. Watson made his T20 International debut against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on 24 February 2006.
Raina, a left-handed Indian batsman, is one of the finest T20 players. He has the ability to win matches not just from his batting skills but his fielding skills as well. In 78 matches (66 innings), Raina has made 1604 runs, including one century, five half-centuries and the highest score of 101 (in 60 balls). His batting average is 29.16 while his strike rate is 134.79.
Raina made his T20 International debut against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on 1 December 2006. In addition, he has shown himself as a part-time but rather handy right-arm off-break bowler. In T20 International, he has taken 13 wickets with an economy rate of 7.6.
Players to Be Mentioned
Players, whose achievements have been described in detail above, are those with most centuries in T20 International cricket. However, there are a few players that haven’t scored a century in the T20 International format, yet they are definitely among the best T20 batsmen. The only reason they haven’t made a T20 International century is that they bat lower down and, thus, don’t get enough balls to hit a ton.
Undoubtedly, this Indian right-handed batsman is currently one of the top names in the world of cricket. He hasn’t scored any century in T20 yet but he has come close to hit one on several occasions. The only reason he doesn’t have a T20 International century is that he bats down the order (usually at number four or five).
Kohli, so far, has played 81 T20 International matches (76 innings) and scored 2794 runs at a phenomenal average of 50.8 and a strike rate of 138.25. In fact, he is the only player with a batting average of 50+ in all three formats of international cricket. He is also the biggest match finisher and, thus, has remained unbeaten 21 times.
Quinton de Kock
This is another great player that doesn’t feature in the list of players with most centuries in T20 International cricket. However, it would definitely be unfair not to mention his great name. Quinton de Kock is a South African left-handed wicket-keeper-batsman. He has played 44 T20 International and scored 6 half-centuries. So far, is total score is 1226 runs at an average of 31.44 and a strike rate of 136.07. Quinton de Kock made his T20 debut against New Zealand at Kingsmead on 21 December 2012. In the 2016 T20 World Cup, he was the top scorer for South Africa.
AB de Villiers
He is a South African right-handed batsman regarded as one of the most destructive and versatile cricketers ever. He also hasn’t scored a century in T20 International but has won several matches for his country with his brilliant batting skills. AB de Villiers has played 78 matches (75 innings) and scored 1672 runs at an average of 26.12 and a strike rate of 135.17. He has made ten half-centuries while his highest score is 79 runs. He made his T20 International debut against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on 24 February 2006.
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