Today we bring you the Cricketers who hit the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2009. T20 cricket is the shortest format of cricket where each team plays 20 overs. The craze of T20 cricket first made an appearance at the inaugural T20I World Cup hosted by South Africa in 2007. After the immense success of 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, the next tournament was conducted within 2 years i.e in 2009. The 2009 ICC World Twenty20 was an international Twenty20 cricket tournament which took place in England in June 2009.
It was the second ICC World Twenty20 tournament, following the inaugural event in South Africa in September 2007. 12 teams participated in the tournament which includes the 9 test playing nations and 3 associate nations whose qualification was achieved by the finalists of an ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier held in Belfast from 2–4 August 2008, between Kenya, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada and Bermuda. Ireland and the Netherlands, having reached the final, qualified outright, while Scotland won the third-place playoff beating Kenya to also qualify.
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Pakistan lifted the cup, beating Sri Lanks in the final. Twenty20 (or T20) cricket was created back in 2003 as a means to make cricket more exciting for thousands of cricket lovers who were not too fond of the longer formats of the game. It has since gone to become an extremely popular format thanks to its fast-paced, non-stop action that keeps fans on the edge of their seats. T20 cricket is most suited to power hitters. Several power hitters delivered top-notch innings in the 2009 T20 World Cup. Here, in this article, we have mentioned the top 5 batsmen who hit the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2009.
5. Mahela Jayawardene: 78 runs
Mahela Jayawardene is Sri Lanka’s one of the finest batsman having an explosive and disciplined batting skill. He was a prolific, elegant and utterly classy batsman with a huge appetite for runs, and a calm yet authoritative captain of the Sri Lankan team.
In the 2009 T20 world cup he had shown decent performance throughout the tournament. In the match against Ireland, he hit 78 runs in 53 balls with a strike rate of 147.16 which stood up at 5th place in the list of the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2009. He hit 9 fours and 1 six in his innings.
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4. AB de Villiers: 79* runs
The former South Africa batsman and captain AB de Villiers is best suited for the short format of cricket. He amazes the bowlers with his unique trailblazing shots, which is why he is called Mr. 360. He can converge runs from every knock and corner of the ground.
In the match against Scotland, he hit 79 runs in 34 balls with a strike rate of 232.35 which stood up at 4th place in the list of the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2009. He hit 5 fours and 6 sixes in his innings. Although he performed decently throughout the tournament, he failed to deliver in the semi-finals against Pakistan though it was a low scoring match.
3. Sanath Jayasuriya: 81 runs
Sanath Jayasuriya has been at the vanguard of Sri Lanka’s ascent as a cricketing power. During the match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in the 2009 T20 world cup, Sanath hit a massive 81 runs in 47 balls with a strike rate of 172.34 which helped Sri Lanka to win the match against West Indies.
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His fantastic innings stood up at 3rd place in the list of the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2009. He hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in his innings.
2. Chris Gayle: 88 runs
The West Indies legend Chris Gayle is unarguably the best T20 batsman in the cricket world. He likes to smash the ball out of the stadium and shows no mercy to bowlers. His blistering knocks, comprising boundaries and maximums, are entertainers for the fans.
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Famous for his power-hitting Gayle Storm, Chris Gayle hit 88 runs in 50 balls against Australia with a strike rate of 176 and became the second-highest scores at T20 World Cup 2009. However, his team failed to qualify for the final as they were defeated by Sri Lanka in the semi-final.
1. Tillakaratne Dilshan: 96* runs
Sri Lankan former cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan was the storming opener. He had a lean patch in 2008 but made a strong comeback in 2009. He smashed 96 runs in 57 balls against West Indies in the semi-final and registered the highest individual total in the tournament.
The explosive batsman helped his team to get into the finals of ICC World Twenty20 in June 2009, picking up the man of the series award for finishing as the leader of the board on the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2009. Although he enjoyed immense success in the tournament, he failed to lead them to victory in the grand-finale against Pakistan.
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