The topic we bring you today is about the cricketers who hit the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2012. T20 Cricket- the pseudonym for sporting entertainment. Since its inception, it has not only been an immense money-generating machine but also one of the most glowing spectacles to have ever been introduced to the world of cricket.
It was responsible for the addition of glitz and glamour, two compulsive adjectives missing from the world of cricket for a long long time. Although One Day Cricket had initially acted as a great crowd puller, especially those who did not possess the patience or the time to watch the entire innings of a test match, but with time the charm seemed to fade away.
With T20 and franchise cricket coming to the fore, teams became more engaged to participate in this format of the game. They employed specialist coaches for this particular format, a move that proved effective for any teams. Captaincy Split became a common culture among many international teams. The T20 World Cup of the 2012 edition held in Sri Lanka was a major step towards establishing the dominance of T20 cricket over the other forms of the game. Here is a sneak peek on some of the finest innings that were played during the tournament-, here we bring the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2012.
5. Virat Kohli 78* vs Pakistan
A name which resonates excellence in World Cricket, a man who has captured the imagination of the entire cricketing world like no other after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli has truly emerged as a modern-day great undoubtedly being touted as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Equally adept at playing all forms of the game, Virat has left an everlasting impression with hundreds, double hundreds, and tonnes of runs both in and outside the country and against all kinds of opposition.
In 2012 against Pakistan in Colombo (RPS) in a high octane clash, as is a regular affair with any India Pakistan clash, Virat brought his absolute best. He scored a beautifully composed 78* in 61 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes. It is still rated as one the finest innings ever played by him in the shortest format of the game. Among the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2012.
4. J. Charles 84 vs England
West Indies had many unsung heroes during the 2012 world T20 campaign. Some of them like Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels had later become global T20 superstars. However, some like Devon Smith and Johnson Charles had diminished into obscurity. Charles played an innings of a lifetime against a strong England bowling attack in a difficult Pallekele pitch. He scored a well made 84 in 56 balls with 10 fours and 3 huge sixes. Among the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2012.
3. Shakib Al Hasan 84 vs Pakistan
The go-to man for Bangladesh for over a decade now, Shakib Al Hasan has truly claimed his place among the best all-rounders of his generation and undoubtedly the finest cricketer to have represented Bangladesh. It was very unfortunate that on the majority of the occasions, he did not receive able support from his countrymen as Bangladesh tended to give in and wilt under intense pressure by the opposition.
Shakib was an incredible hitter of the cricket ball and also could build an innings from scratch. His spin bowling prowess was well renowned as well. In the world cup, in a match against Pakistan in Pallekele, he struck a well compiled 84 in 54 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes. Among the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2012.
2. Luke Wright 99* vs Afghanistan
Luke Wright was a specialist T20 batsman who was very effective down the order with his innovative stroke-making and ability to run fast between the wickets. He was a strong lad as well, who could clear any boundary in the world during his prime. In this match against Afghanistan, he demolished the weaker opposition with explosive innings of 99* comprising 8 fours and 6 sixes in just 55 balls. The match took place in Colombo (RPS). Among the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2012.
1. Brendon McCullum 123 vs Bangladesh
McCullum needs no introduction to someone familiar with cricket, especially the shorter formats. One of the most explosive opening batsmen of all time, McCullum was a par excellence leader during the fag end of his career. He was feared all around the world for his amazing hand-eye coordination, incredible ability to generate tremendous bat speed, and deposit the ball into the top tiers of the ground.
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During the world cup, in a match against Bangladesh in Pallekele he struck one of the finest hundreds ever witnessed in T20 cricket scoring 123 runs with 11 fours and 7 sixes in just 58 balls. It was reminiscent of his innings of 158 for Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural match of the IPL 2008. To many that remains the most defining moment in the history of the Indian Premier League. Led the list of the highest scores at T20 World Cup 2012.
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