ICC T20 World Cup Records: Teams, Batsmen, and Bowlers

ICC T20 World Cup Records

The ICC men’s T20 world cup has always been an iconic tournament in the sports world. This year, the seventh edition is scheduled from 18 October to 15 November 2020 in Australia. Here is the entire list of ICC T20 world cup records.

Most Won T20 World Cup Team: West Indies – Twice

Most Won Team in T20 World Cup Record

Windies has won the Twenty20 World Cup twice while making the team expert in playing the shorter format of the game. The Windies team feels confident in their gameplay with a high number of boundaries to make up for dot balls. The best example of it is Chris Gayle.

In 2012, the team won its first trophy and enlisted its name in T20 world cup history. The next tournament won by the Windies was in 2016 against England. It was a historic moment for everyone to witness the Windies team winning the title twice out of 6 tournaments. The ICC T20 world cup 2016 attendance was over 66,000 and fans were and Marlon Samuels was the man of the match.

Highest Team Totals in T20 World Cup

ScoreTeamOpponentVenueDate
260-6 Sri Lanka KenyaJohannesburg14 September 2007
230-8 England  South AfricaMumbai18 March 2016
229-4  South Africa EnglandMumbai18 March 2016
218-4 India EnglandDurban19 September 2007
211-5  South Africa ScotlandKennigton7 June 2009

Highest Run Chase in T20 World Cup: England vs. South Africa (2016)

The match between England and South Africa held in Mumbai in 2016 is the all-time classic T20 match. Chasing a challenging 230 runs, England flourished the early overs; thanks to Jason Roy’s blitzing 43 runs in just 16 balls. However, even with an intense start, England lost its major wickets to Kyle Abbott whose figures read 3-41.

After Jason, Joe Root took the match towards the winning direction by striking a composed 44-ball 83. However, suddenly South Africa turned the tables by taking two wickets in the last over with the scores level, but then Moeen Ali sealed the match with two balls to spare.

List of Highest Run Chases in T20 World Cup

ScoreTeamOppositionVenueDate
230-8  England  South AfricaMumbai, India18 March, 2016
208-2  South Africa West IndiesJohannesburg, SA11 September, 2007
197-7  Australia  PakistanGros Islet, St. Lucia14 May, 2010
196-3  West Indies  IndiaMumbai, india31 March, 2016
193-4 Netherlands  IrelandSylhet, Bangladesh21 March, 2014

Lowest Totals in T20 World Cup

ScoreTeamOpponentVenueDate
39 (10.3 overs)Netherlands Sri LankaChattogram, Bangladesh24 March 2014
60 (15.3 overs) New Zealand Sri LankaChattogram, Bangladesh31 March 2014
68 (16.4 overs) Ireland West IndiesGuyana30 April 2010
69 (17.0 overs) Hong Kong NepalChattogram, Bangladesh16 March 2014
70 (15.4 overs) Bangladesh New ZealandKolkata, India26 March 2016

Most Runs in T20 World Cup History: Mahela Jayawardene

Most Runs in T20 World Cup by Mahela Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene holds the record for most runs in T20 World Cups. He has played between 2007 to 2014 and has scored 1016 runs with an average of 39.07. His high score is 100 runs against Zimbabwe in 2010.

Infographic on List of Most Runs in T20 World Cup

List of Most Runs in T20 World Cup

RunsPlayerMatInn.Avg.HS50s100sSpan
1,016 Mahela Jayawardene31  3139.071006  12007-2014  
920 Chris Gayle28  26  40.001177  22007–2016
897 Tillakaratne Dilshan35  3430.93  96*6  02007–2016  
777 Virat Kohli161686.33  89*902012–2016    
717 AB de Villiers3029  29.87  79*502007–2016  

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Highest Individual Score in T20 World Cup

RunsBatsmanBalls4s6sSROpp.VenueYear
123  Brendon McCullum58117212.06 BangladeshKandy, Sri Lanka2012
117  Chris Gayle57710205.26 South AfricaJohannesburg, South Africa2007
116* England Alex Hales64116181.25 Sri LankaChittagong, Bangladesh2014
111*  Ahmed Shehzad62105179.03 BangladeshDhaka, Bangladesh2014
103*  Tamim Iqbal63105163.49 OmanDharamshala, India2016

Highest Average in T20 World Cup

AverageBatsmanMatInnNORunsSpan
86.33India Virat Kohli161677772012-2016
54.62Australia Michael Hussey211684372007-2012
44.61 England Kevin Pietersen151525802007-2010
40.57 South Africa JP Duminy252395682007-2016
40.00West Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle282639202007-2016

Fastest Century in T20 World Cup: Chris Gayle

It looks like Windies exactly knows how to win over the shorter format of the cricket tournaments. Windies opener, Chris Gayle holds the T20 world cup of scoring century not only once but twice. Gayle’s breakthrough century came off only 47 balls including 11 sixes.

Gayle’s 100 runs in only 50 balls had been the T20 world cup century record for almost nine years until he surpassed his own record during the 2016 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He scored a triumphant 100 runs in just 47 balls against England on 16 March 2016 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Most Runs In an Over and Fastest Half-Century: Yuvraj Singh

The World Cup Twenty20 in 2007, India vs. England is one of the most memorable matches. No one can ever forget those 6 sixes blitzed by Singh who made him the first batsman to hit six 6’s in one over in a T20 World Cup.

On that day Yuvraj Singh also scored the fastest half-century in T20 Cricket. He completed his half-century in just 12 balls. It ultimately changed the whole match, as England reached 200-6 in reply to India’s 218 that meant India claimed an 18-run triumph.

Most Wickets in T20 World Cup: Shahid Afridi

Most Wickets in T20 World Cup by Shahid Afridi

The former Pakistan team nearly terrified many cricket teams with their fierce bowling. The heroic all-rounder of Pakistani team clutches the record of taking the most wickets at T20 World Cups. His 39 wickets accumulated at an average of 23.26 against an economic rate of 6.72 runs per over.

Not only was he an asset as one of the fierce leg spinners, but he was also trusted for his batting. In 2009, Pakistan’s 2009 T20 World Cup win was partially because of Afridi and his score of 54* in the final.

List of Most Wickets in T20 World Cup

WicketsPlayerMatchesAvg.EconomyBBSpan
39 Shahid Afridi   3423.256.714/112007-2016
38 Lasith Malinga   3120.077.435/312007-2014
36 Saeed Ajmal   2316.866.794/192009-2014
35 Ajantha Mendis   2115.026.706/82009-2014
35 Umar Gul   2417.257.305/62007-2014

Best bowling figures in T20 World Cup: Ajantha Mendis vs. Zimbabwe 2012

Best Bowling Figures in T20 World Cup by Ajantha Mendis

The 2012 T20 World Cup was an astonishing tournament for Sri Lanka who made it happen to reach in the second final, majorly thanks to their bowling team.

Thanks to Mendis who will always be remembered for his breakthrough records of taking 15 wickets in the World T20 tournament. His performance against Zimbabwe is something that will take time to get surpassed due to his four overs returning in 6 wickets for 8 runs.

List of Best Bowling Figures in T20 World Cup

Fig.PlayerOversMaidensOppositionDate
6/8 Ajantha Mendis4.02 Zimbawe18 September 2012
5/3 Rangana Herath3.32 New Zealand31 March 2014
5/6 Umar Gul3.00 New Zealand13 June 2009
5/19 Ahsan Malik4.00 South Africa27 March 2014
5/22 Mustafizur Rahman4.00 New Zealand26 March 2016

References: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup records