Highest Totals Scored by India in T20 World Cup
Led by MS Dhoni, the young Indian team surprised everyone to clinch the inaugural 2007 edition of the T20 World Cup. The journey has been quite exceptional in the shortest edition of the game since, except for a few heart-breaking moments in the knock out games.
In total 6 editions of the tournament, India has scored a truckload of runs which also include some big totals posted against different oppositions.
In this article, we look at the 5 highest totals posted by India in T20 World Cup:
#1. 218/4 against England in 2007
One of the left-handed batsmen India has ever seen, Yuvraj Singh set the stadium alight in the game against England in 2007. The southpaw struck six sixes in six balls to Stuart Broad becoming the first player to do so in a T20 World Cup. India eventually scored 218 runs in 20 overs. Yuvraj scored 58 runs in that game off just 16 balls, including 3 fours and seven sixes. England, in reply, scored 200 runs in their quota of overs and eventually lost the game by 18 runs.
#2. 192/2 against West Indies in 2014
Counted as one of the biggest heart-breaking moments for team India, the semi-final game against West Indies was a hard pill to digest.
Batting first, India notched a daunting 192 runs on the board, courtesy an excellent 47-ball 89 run knock by Virat Kohli which included 11 fours and one six.
However, West Indies made a mockery of that as they chased down the total with 2 balls to spare in the end. Lend Simmons played an unbeaten knock of 82 runs off 51 balls, while Andre Russell smacked 43 off just 20 balls.
#3. 188/5 against Australia in 2007
Regarded as one of the sweetest victories in the T20 World Cups, India’s semi-final win against Australia in 2007 edition was one epic encounter.
Once again, Yuvraj Singh played a stellar knock in that game as his 70 off just 30 deliveries powered India to 188 in their 20 overs. Australia could only manage to score 173 runs in the second innings, as the victory saw India reaching the finals.
#4. 186/5 against South Africa in 2010
This game will always be remembered Suresh Raina’s jaw-dropping knock which included as many as five sixes. Playing at a strike rate of 168.33, Raina smacked 101 runs off just 60 deliveries against South Africa and thereby guided India to 186 runs in 20 overs. India won that game by 14 runs.
#5. 180/9 against New Zealand in 2007
This was the only game India had lost in the 2007 T20 World Cup. New Zealand total of 190 runs in the first innings proved to too much for the Men in Blue as they could end by scoring 180 runs and thus lost the game by 10 runs.
Indian openers in Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag gave a superb start to the team having made 76 runs in just 6 overs. However, once Sehwag departs, wickets kept falling in regular intervals as Daniel Vettori spun a web around the Indian batsman.
Vettori received the man of the match award in that game having taken 4 wickets in that game in his 4 overs.