2021 has been a year of comebacks. From the comeback of cricket after the pandemic to the return of the Indian T20 League, we will now witness a comeback of one of the most awaited cricket tournaments, the 7th edition of the T20 World Cup, which returns after 5 long years.
Since it started in 2005, T20 cricket has come a long way and it has never disappointed fans in terms of entertainment. In 2007, the first T20 World Cup took place, and since then the legacy has been continued with five more T20 World Cups. It’s time for you to pull up your socks and brush up on your cricketing knowledge so that you can win big in every fantasy cricket game on Howzat.
Representing one’s country in a World Cup is a surreal feeling for any cricketer across the globe. And what takes it one step further is scoring a century and taking your team to victory. As a new edition of the T20 World Cup is about to start, let’s go back in time and take a look at some of the stunning centuries scored in the tournament.
1) Chris Gayle’s 117 runs off 57 balls (2007)
The first century in a T20 World Cup match was scored by none other than the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, in the very first match of the inaugural season of the tournament. Chris Gayle scored 117 off just 57 balls against the hosts South Africa in the 2007 edition in Johannesburg. This was the first and only instance in the championship where a player scored a century but his team lost the match. This century also made him the first player to score a century in all three formats of international cricket.
2) Suresh Raina’s 101 runs off 60 balls (2010)
The Chinna Thalla of Team Chennai is the only Indian to score a century in both T20 and ODI World Cups. Just like Gayle, Suresh Raina also made his maiden T20 World Cup century against South Africa in 2010. India went on to score 186 runs at the loss of 5 wickets, which included an incredible inning of 101 by Raina, scored with the help of 9 fours and 5 sixes while maintaining a strike rate of 168.33. Raina’s brilliant batting helped India Team clinch the match by a margin of 14 runs.
3) Brendon McCullum’s 123 runs off 58 balls (2012)
Former New Zealand Team captain Brendon McCullum holds the record for the highest score by an individual in the tournament’s history. In a match against Bangladesh, McCullum played a mind-boggling knock of 123 runs off just 58 balls. The Kiwi star smashed 11 fours and 7 sixes in his knock with a strike rate of 212.07. McCullum’s marvelous innings helped New Zealand win the match by 59 runs.
4) Alex Hales’s 116* off 64 balls (2014)
Alex Hales had a short stint in the English team colors but whatever time he had, he made the most of it. One of the highlights of his career was the match against Sri Lanka in the 2014 edition of the T20 World Cup 2014. England Team had a rough start while chasing 190 as they lost 2 crucial wickets early on. That’s when Hales stepped in and shattered the opposition with his 116. The right-handed batter made his maiden T20 World Cup century off just 64 balls by smashing 11 fours and 6 sixes. The knock by Hales not only helped England win the match but also earned him the Man of the Match award.
5) Chris Gayle’s 100* off 48 balls (2016)
Apart from being the first cricketer to score a century in the T20 World Cup, Gayle is also the only person to have scored more than one century in T20 World Cup history. He also holds the record for smashing the fastest century while chasing a target of 183 against England in the 2016 T20 World Cup. Gayle played a fiery innings of 100* in just 48 balls, which included 5 fours and 11 sixes. Thanks to the masterclass by the left-handed Jamaican, the West Indies Team won the match by 6 wickets.
It will be exciting to see who joins the list this year. Will the Universe Boss create another record by scoring more tons in the most entertaining format of the game? Only time will tell.
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