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ICC World T20: Records, Statistics and Numbers

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Despite having won the World T20 once, West Indies have a poor record in the tournament © Getty Images

The ICC World T20 has always carved its own importance in the midst of various T20s all round the year. Bharath Seervi dwells into some interesting facts and figures of the T20 World Cup.

The third format of International Cricket — Twenty20 — was introduced in the season 2005. Soon, in the next 2 years of time, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the World T20 Championship. It was scheduled to be held every 2 years. The 3rd edition, in 2010, was hosted within one year as ICC World Cup [of ODIs] was to be held in 2011.

ICC World T20 has been a 12-team tournament which is divided into four groups of three teams each. The fifth edition, unlike the previous four editions, is hosting 16 teams. The top eight teams are qualified directly whereas 2 more teams will be added to the respective groups after winning the qualifiers.

ICC World T20 Champions:

Inaugural ICC World T20 was held in South Africa in 2007 which was won by India. Next three editions were hosted by England, West Indies and Sri Lanka and the winners were Pakistan, England and West Indies respectively.

Year Host Winner & Captain Runner-up
2007 South Africa India (MS Dhoni) Pakistan
2009 England Pakistan (Younis Khan) Sri Lanka
2010 West Indies England (Paul Collingwood) Australia
2012 Sri Lanka West Indies (Darren Sammy) Sri Lanka

ICC World T20 Finals:

Edition Date Venue Winner Runner-up Margin Man of the Match
1 24-Sep-07 Johannesburg India Pakistan 5 runs Irfan Pathan
2 21-Jun-09 Lord’s Pakistan Sri Lanka 8 wickets Shahid Afridi
3 16-May-10 Bridgetown England Australia 7 wickets Craig Kieswetter
4 7-Oct-12 Colombo (RPS) West Indies Sri Lanka 36 runs Marlon Samuels

Teams:

The table below shows how the top 8 teams have fared in the tournament so far.

Team Matches Won Lost Tied N/R Winner Runner-Up
Pakistan 26 16 9 1 0 1 1
Sri Lanka 25 16 8 1 0 0 2
England 22 10 11 0 1 1 0
India 22 12 8 1 1 1 0
Australia 21 13 8 0 0 0 1
New Zealand 21 9 10 2 0 0 0
South Africa 21 13 8 0 0 0 0
West Indies 20 9 9 1 1 1 0

Team positions in each edition of ICC World T20:

Pakistan has been the most consistent team in ICC World T20. They are the only team to qualify for semi-finals in each of the four editions with winning once and being runner-ups once. Sri Lanka has managed to reach the semi-finals in last three editions, ending up as runner-ups twice.

India (2007), South Africa (2009) and New Zealand (2007) could move to Semi-Finals stage only once in the 4 editions. India became the champions when they did so, while South Africa and New Zealand ended up as the semi-finalists.

Team 2007 2009 2010 2012
Pakistan Runner-Up Champions Semi Finals Semi Finals
Sri Lanka Super 8 Runner-Up Semi Finals Runner-Up
England Super 8 Super 8 Champions Super 8
India Champions Super 8 Super 8 Super 8
Australia Semi Finals 1st Round Runner-Up Semi Finals
New Zealand Semi Finals Super 8 Super 8 Super 8
South Africa Super 8 Semi Finals Super 8 Super 8
West Indies 1st Round Semi Finals Super 8 Champions

Player of the Tournaments:
Only Kevin Pietersen’s team won the trophy.

Year Player Matches Runs Avg Wickets S/R Catches
2007 Shahid Afridi (Pak) 7 91 15.16 12 14 2
2009 Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 7 317 52.83 - - 3
2010 Kevin Pietersen (Eng) 6 248 62 - - 3
2012 Shane Watson (Aus) 6 249 49.8 11 13 3

Batting Statistics:

a) Leading Run-getters:

Mahela Jayawardene is the highest run-getter in ICC World T20. He has scored 858 runs in 25 innings at average of 40.85 and strike rate of 136.62. His tally also included 1 100 and 5 50s. He has scored at least 150 runs in each of the 4 editions — 159 in 1st, 154 in 2nd, 302 in 3rd and 243 in the 4th.

Other batsmen to aggregate 500-plus runs in ICC World T20 are Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Kevin Pietersen, Brendon McCullum and Gautam Gambhir. Among these, Gambhir and Pietersen aren’t part of the 2013-14 edition of ICC World T20.

Runs Batsman Inns Avg S/R 100s 50s Highest
858 Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 25 40.85 136.62 1 5 100
664 Chris Gayle (WI) 17 44.26 152.29 1 6 117
632 Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 24 30.09 128.97 0 4 96*
590 Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 25 26.81 113.89 0 3 68
580 Kevin Pietersen (Eng) 15 44.61 148.33 0 4 79
552 Brendon McCullum (NZ) 21 29.05 126.6 1 1 123
524 Gautam Gambhir (India) 20 26.2 118.01 0 4 75

b) Leading run-getters of each edition:

In all the 4 editions, the leading run-getter’s team did not win the title. In fact, only Dilshan’s team (2009) reached finals.

Edition Runs Batsman Inns Avg S/R 100s 50s Highest
1st 265 Matthew Hayden (Aus) 6 88.33 144.8 0 4 73*
2nd 317 Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 7 52.83 144.74 0 3 96*
3rd 302 Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 6 60.4 159.78 1 2 100
4th 249 Shane Watson (Aus) 6 49.8 150 0 3 72

Batsmen with most number of Ducks: 5 Shahid Afridi, 4 Jayasuriya, L Wright, Dilshan

c) Highest Average & Strike-Rate:

Rohit Sharma leads the table of highest batting average in ICC World T20 for a minimum cut-off of 10 innings. He aggregates 385 runs in 14 innings (with 7 not outs) for India in the tournament. He just pushes down Michael Hussey who has an average of 54.62. To be noted that without any cut-off, Matthew Hayden has the highest average of 83.33 in the tournament but he batted only six innings (all in the first edition).

The batsman with highest batting strike rate with a minimum cut-off of 175 balls faced is Chris Gayle. He is just ahead of Imran Nazir (150.00).
Best Averages (Min 10 inns) I  Best Strike Rates (Min 175 balls)

Avg Batsman Innings S/R Batsman Balls
55 Rohit Sharma (Ind) 14 152.29 Chris Gayle (WI) 436
54.62 Mike Hussey (Aus) 16 150 Imran Nazir (Pak) 200
46.66 Umar Akmal (Pak) 10 148.33 Kevin Pietersen (Eng) 391
44.61 Kevin Pietersen (Eng) 15 147.52 Shahid Afridi (Pak) 263
44.26 Chris Gayle (WI) 17 144.8 Matthew Hayden (Aus) 183

d) Most fours and Sixes:

Most sixes     Most fours    
6s Batsman Innings 4s Batsman Innings
43 Chris Gayle (WI) 17 91 Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 25
27 Shane Watson (Aus) 15 75 Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 17
27 Yuvraj Singh (Ind) 19 62 Brendon McCullum (NZ) 21
22 Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 25 61 Gautam Gambhir (Ind) 20
21 Luke Wright (Eng) 20 60 Kevin Pietersen (Eng) 15

Most fours in an innings: 14 by Herschelle Gibbs in his 90* vs West Indies in the inaugural match of ICC World T20.

Most sixes in an innings: 10 by Chris Gayle in his 117 vs South Africa in the inaugural match of ICC World T20.

e) Highest Individual scores:

Runs Batsman Balls Fours Sixes Opp Venue Date
123 Brendon McCullum (NZ) 58 11 7 Ban Pallekele 21-Sep-12
117 Chris Gayle (WI) 57 7 10 SA Johannesburg 11-Sep-07
101 Suresh Raina (Ind) 60 9 5 SA Gros Islet 2-May-10
100 Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 64 10 4 Zim Providence  03-May-10

f) Scores of 90s:

Runs Batsman Balls Fours Sixes Opp Venue Date
99* Luke Wright (Eng) 55 8 6 Afgghanistan Colombo (RPS) 21-Sep-12
98* Mahela Jayawarden (SL) 56 9 4 West Indies Bridgetown 7-May-10
98 Chris Gayle (WI) 66 5 7 India Bridgetown 9-May-10
96* Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 57 12 2 West Indies The Oval 19-Jun-09
90* Herschelle Gibbs (SA) 55 14 2 West Indies Johannesburg 11-Sep-07
Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in ICC World T20s © AFP
Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in ICC World T20s © AFP

Bowling Statistics:

a) Leading Wicket Takers:

Lasith Malinga leads the table of most wickets in ICC World T20. He has taken 33 wickets in 25 matches. Saeed Ajmal is next with 32 wickets, but only in 19 matches. Ajantha Mendis took 31 wickets in 18 matches and finds himself 3rd in the list of most wickets in the tournament.

W Bowler M Avg Eco S/R 4 for 5 for Best
33 Lasith Malinga (SL) 25 19.78 7.71 15.3 0 1 31-May
32 Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 19 15.46 6.65 13.9 3 0 19-Apr
31 Ajantha Mendis (SL) 18 13.48 6.14 13.1 1 1 8-Jun
31 Shahid Afridi (Pak) 26 22.25 6.63 20.1 2 0 11-Apr
29 Umar Gul (Pak) 20 16.58 6.95 14.3 1 1 6-May

b) Best Average, Strike Rate and Economy Rates

Ajantha Mendis has the best bowling average and bowling strike rates for a minimum cut-off of 250 balls while Daniel Vettori’s economy rate of 5.83 is the best among all.

Best Bowling Avg Best Bowling Strike Rates Best Economy Rates
Avg Bowler S/R Bowler Eco Bowler
13.48 Ajantha Mendis (SL) 13.1 Ajantha Mendis (SL) 5.83 Daniel Vettori (NZ)
15.46 Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 13.9 Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 6.1 Nathan McCullum (NZ)
16.27 Graeme Swann (Eng) 14.3 Umar Gul (Pak) 6.14 Ajantha Mendis (SL)
16.58 Umar Gul (Pak) 15 Graeme Swann (Eng) 6.17 Dale Steyn (SA)
16.86 Morne Morkel (SA) 15.1 Morne Morkel (SA) 6.31 Angelo Mathews (SL)

c) Best Bowling Figures:

Figures Overs Bowler Opp Venue Date
6/8 4 Ajantha Mendis (SL) Zimbabwe Hambantota 18-Sep-12
5/6 3 Umar Gul (Pak) New Zealand The Oval 13-Jun-09
5/31 4 Lasith Malinga (SL) England Pallekele 1-Oct-12

Most 4-wicket hauls:

3 Saeed Ajmal , 2 Morne Morkel, Ajantha Mendis, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi

Most Maiden Overs:

4 — Harbhajan Singh, 3 — Dilhara Fernando, Ajantha Mendis

Sri Lanka have scored the highest innings total in ICC World T20 © Getty Images
Sri Lanka have scored the highest innings total in ICC World T20 © Getty Images

Team Statistics:

a) Highest Inning Totals:

Sri Lanka scored 260 for six in 50 overs against Kenya in the first edition of ICC World T20. It is the highest in the tournament and highest in T20 Internationals overall. South Africa chased down the total of 205 for six by West Indies in the inaugural match of ICC World T20 in 2007. It is the highest target chased in the tournament so far.

Score Team Opp Venue Date Result
260/6 Sri Lanka Kenya Johannesburg 14-Sep-07 Won
218/4 India England Durban 19-Sep-07 Won
211/5 # South Africa Scotland The Oval 7-Jun-09 Won
208/2 South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 11-Sep-07 Won
205/6 West Indies South Africa Johannesburg 11-Sep-07 Lost

# While chasing, South Africa achieved the target in 17.4 overs. 

Lowest Inning Totals:

Ireland has been dismissed for the lowest total in the tournament — 68. Lowest total by a Test playing nation is 80 by England against India in 2012. None of the below totals resulted in victory for the team.

Score Overs Team Opp Venue Date
68 16.4 Ireland West Indies Providence 30-Apr-10
73 16.5 Kenya New Zealand Durban 12-Sep-07
80 17.2 Afghanistan England Colombo (RPS) 21-Sep-12
80 16 Afghanistan South Africa Bridgetown 5-May-10
80 14.4 England India Colombo (RPS) 23-Sep-12

Lowest target defended: 128/7 by South Africa against West Indies in 2009. South Africa had won by 1 run.

c) Victories by 1 run:

Team Score Opp Score Venue Date
India 152/6 South Africa 151/10 Colombo (RPS) 2-Oct-12
New Zealand 133/7 Pakistan 132/7 Bridgetown 8-May-10
South Africa 128/7 New Zealand 127/5 Lord’s 9-Jun-09

 
Wicketkeeping and Fielding:

a) Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper:

Dismissals Catches Stumpings Wicketkeeper Inns
24 8 16 Kamran Akmal (Pak) 26
23 10 13 Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 25
18 16 2 Denesh Ramdin (WI) 18
18 14 4 MS Dhoni (Ind) 21
16 15 1 Mark Boucher (SA) 16

b) Most catches by a Fielder: 

catches Fielder Inns
16 AB de Villiers (SA) 16
14 David Warner (Aus) 15
13 Ross Taylor (NZ) 19
12 Mike Hussey (Aus) 12

Trivia and Miscellaneous Stats:
Only one match was brought to a result after being tied by bowl-out in ICC World T20 – India vs Pakistan in the inaugural edition. India won the bowl-out by 3-0.

  •  In the inaugural edition of ICC World T20, Yuvraj Singh (Ind) batting against England became the first batsman to hit 6 sixes in an over in T20 format and the second do to so in International Cricket (Gibbs was the first). Yuvraj completed his half century in 12 balls which is the fastest in T20 cricket.
  •  In the final of ICC World T20 2007, Sohail Tanvir batted for the first time in his International Career and hit a six off the first ball he faced. Thus, making him the first player to hit a six of the first ball off International career.
  •  Ravindra Jadeja was hit for 6 sixes in 6 balls, not in the same over, by Shane Watson (last 3 balls of 4th over) and David Warner (first 3 balls of 10th over) at Bridgetown in 2009.

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(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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