Highest Individual Score in T20I: Top 5 Highest Individual Score in T20I Cricket

Highest Individual Score in T20

Highest Individual Score In T20I

Cricket as a game has changed over the year. From endless test cricket match to five-day test cricket and from 60 over ODI cricket to 50 over to twenty20 cricket, we see a change a drastic change in the form of cricket. T20 is a recent and short form of cricket at the professional level, first introduced in England and Wales Cricket Board. In the T20 game, each team has a single innings each, with each innings restricted to 20 overs. The T20 cricket is also otherwise known as “popcorn cricket”. A T20 game is generally completed in 90 minutes. This is much shorter than the existing form of cricket. This form of cricket was introduced to make the game more interesting for the spectators and make it closer to the time span of other popular games.

The first official twenty20 match was played on 13 June 2003 between two English countries. Later the first twenty20 world cup was played in the year 2007 and after its popularity, several T20 leagues were played. The twenty20 matches aren’t only limited to men’s cricket they are also played by women in international women’s cricket. The impact of twenty20 cricket was huge, as the players had to be more fit and enthusiastic to perform well in these games.

Cricket has changed its course from the bowler’s hand to batsman’s bat. Gone are those days when batsmen used to fear the fast bowlers of West Indies. T20 games are generally unpredictable and the game can change hands in just one over. In a twenty20 match, we find more boundaries and sixes than any other form of cricket and scoring a 100 is now no more a Herculean task.

Below we have the names of the top players who have the highest individual score in t20 matches. Although scoring runs have become easier with the lenient rules and easy scoring grounds, the milestone achieved by these cricketers isn’t so easy to achieve. So let’s have a look at how at the career of these top ten record-holding cricketers.

List of Highest Individual Score in T20I

Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Match Date
AJ Finch 172 Australia v Zimbabwe Harare 03-Jul-18
Hazratullah Zazai 162* Afghanistan v Ireland Dehradun 23-Feb-19
AJ Finch 156 Australia v England Southampton 29-Aug-13
GJ Maxwell 145* Australia v Sri Lanka Pallekele 06-Sep-16
HG Munsey 127* Scotland v Netherlands Dublin (Malahide) 16-Sep-19
E Lewis 125* West Indies v India Kingston 09-Jul-17
Shane Watson
124 Australia v India Sydney 31-Jan-16
KJ O’Brien 124 Ireland v Hong Kong Al Amerat 7-Oct-19
BB McCullum 123 New Zealand v Bangladesh Pallekele 21-Sep-12
Babar Hayat 122 Hong Kong v Oman Fatullah 19-Feb-16


Highest Individual Score In T20 Matches:


#1 & 3 Aaron Finch


The first and third position in this list is held by this Australian player Aaron Finch. He is currently the captain of the Australian twenty20 cricket team. Finch holds the record of the highest individual score in twenty20 international with a score of 172 runs by beating his own previous record of 156 runs which he scored against England in 2013. While he scored the 172 runs against Zimbabwe. He is even the first player to hit the target of 900 points in t20 cricket. Finch started his career as a twenty20 player on January 12, 2011, against England in Adelaide.

So with the highest score of 172 and 156, it makes him 1st and 3rd of the top 10 list of the highest individual score in T20I.


#2 Hazratullah Zazai


Having made his debut at just 21 years of age, Hazratullah Zazai certainly has a long way to go. Boasting of his ability to score quickly and hit massive sixes, the left-hander is reckoned as one of the top finds for Afghanistan. Looking at his batting style, Zazai’s game suits perfectly for T-20 cricket and the southpaw has made heads turn with quite a few knocks in the format. One such knocks came against Ireland on 23rd February 2019. He scored 162 runs against Afghanistan in Dehradun, recently on 23 February 2019. This is, in fact, the second-highest scorer in the history of T-20 cricket.

So with the highest score of 162, it makes him 2nd on the top 10 list of the highest individual score in T20I.


#4 Glenn Maxwell


Glenn James Maxwell or Glenn Maxwell is an Australian player who is currently playing in the ODI and twenty20 cricket for Australia. He is known for his dramatic shots and for making improvisation in the short form of the game. He scored an unbeaten 145* runs from 65 balls against Sri Lanka, on the Pallekele ground. This score leads him to be the third rank holder in the list. He made his twenty20 debut on 5th September 2012 against Pakistan.

So with the highest score of 145*, it makes him 4th on the top 10 list of the highest individual score in T20.


#5 HS Munsey


HS Munsey though plays for an associate nation in Scotland, but the left-handed batsman is quite popular in world cricket, thanks to T-20 International leagues held around the globe. He holds the record for hitting the fifth-highest T-20 score in the format, scoring 127 runs in a game against Scotland on 16th September 2019.

So with the highest score of 127, it makes him 5th of the top 10 list of the highest individual score in T20I.


#6 Evin Lewis


Elvin Lewis, the West Indies player started his T20 career on 27th March 2016 against Afghanistan. He is also referred to as junior Gayle. He is the 3rd batsman to score two T20 International Centuries and ranks fourth in the list after Aaron Finch and Maxwell. He scored an unbeaten 125* run against India on the Kingston ground on 9th July 2017, which also happens to be his highest individual t20 runs.

So with the highest score of 125*, it makes him 6th on the top 10 list of the highest individual score in T20I.


#7 Shane Watson


Shane Watson is a former Australian cricketer has played in all format of cricket and has set many records. He made his T20 debut on 24th February 2003 against South Africa and retired as world no. 1 all-rounder in twenty20 cricket in 2016. He ranks fifth in the list with an unbeaten 124* runs against India on the Sydney ground on 31st January 2016.

So with the highest score of 124*, it makes him 7th on the top 10 list of the highest individual score in T20I.


#8 Kevin O’Brien


Kevin O’Brien on Monday created history as he became the first player from Ireland to score a hundred in Twenty20 internationals. The right-hander achieved this feat against Hong Kong during the sixth match of the Oman T20I Series 2019 at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman Cricket, Al Amarat in Oman. O’Brien, who opened the batting alongside Paul Stirling, scored 124 off 62 balls, hitting 12 fours and 7 sixes as Ireland scored 208/5 in 20 overs.

So with the highest score of 124, it makes him 8th on the top 10 list of the highest individual score in T20I.


#9 Brendon McCullum


Brendon McCullum is a former international new Zealand player who had played in all three formats of cricket and was also the captain in all three formats. He holds the record of the fastest test hundred and is one of the most successful batsmen of New Zealand. Brendon McCullum holds the sixth position in the list with a 123 run, which he scored against Bangladesh in Pallekele on 21st September 2012. He even holds the record of 2000 runs in twenty20 cricket. He is even the first batsman to score 2 tons in twenty20 international cricket.

So with the highest score of 123, it makes 9th on the top 10 list of the highest individual score in T20I.


#10 Babar Hayat


Babar Hayat is a Pakistan born Hong Kong cricketer who is currently the captain of Hong Kong ODI cricket. He made his t20 debut against Nepal on 16th March 2014, where he made 20 runs from 25 balls. He has set the record for the highest ever t20 score by any player in the second innings. He even has the record of the highest individual run with 122 runs, which he scored against Oman at Fatullah on 21 September 2012. And he is the first batsman of Hong Kong to score a double century in first-class cricket.

So with the highest score of 122, it makes him 10th on the top 10 list of the highest individual score in T20I.


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