Today we bring you the cricketers who hit the highest scores in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings. The third format of International Cricket — Twenty20 — was introduced in the season 2005. T20 cricket is the shortest format of cricket where each team plays 20 overs. As the overs are limited, the batsmen tend to play fearlessly, resulting in a number of quick-paced innings. Soon, in the next two years, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the World T20 Championship. The craze of T20 cricket first made an appearance at the inaugural T20I World Cup hosted by South Africa in 2007.
The number of fans of such quickfire cricket kept increasing from thereon, which gave rise to various domestic leagues around the globe. But the international matches still receive more attention. T20 cricket is most suited to power hitters. There were several power hitters who delivered top-notch innings in the 2007 T20 World Cup. Here, in this article, we have mentioned the top 5 batsmen who scored the highest scores in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings.
5. Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen was a middle-order England batsman who was known to build match-winning innings. In the league match against Zimbabwe of the 2007 T20 world cup, he hit around 79 runs in 37 balls with a strike rate of 213.51 which helped England to put a good total of 188 runs on board.
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His innings stood up at 5th place in the list of the highest scores in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings. He hit 7 fours and 4 sixes in his innings. However, England won the match by 50 runs.
Sanath Jayasuriya has been at the vanguard of Sri Lanka’s ascent as a cricketing power. During the league match between Sri Lanka and Kenya in the 2007 T20 world cup, Sanath hit a massive 88 runs in 44 balls with a strike rate of 200 which helped Sri Lanka to put a gigantic total of 260 runs on board which was the highest total of the tournament.
His fantastic innings stood up at 4th place in the list of the highest scores in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings. He hit 11 fours and 4 sixes in his innings. However, Sri Lanka won the match by 172 runs.
3. Justin Kemp
Justin Kemp was a strapping all-rounder of the South African team. Kemp hit a total of 89 runs in 56 balls with a strike rate of 158.92 while chasing a mediocre target of 154 against New Zealand in the league match of 2007 T20 world cup tournament.
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After the early wickets of the opening batsmen, Kemp played superb innings and led his team towards winning the match. His magnificent innings stood up at 3rd place in the list of the highest scores in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings. He hit 6 fours and 6 sixes in his innings.
Herschelle Gibbs was an electrifying South African opening batsman. He smashed a total of 90 runs in 55 balls with a strike rate of 163.63 while chasing out the target of 206 given by the West Indies team in the inaugural match of 2007 T20 World Cup.
Gibbs stood up at 2nd place in the list of the highest scores in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings. He hit 14 fours and 2 sixes in his innings. Gibbs’s stellar show helped the South African team to hunt down the target with relative ease.
1. Chris Gayle
Famous for his power-hitting Gayle Storm, Chris Gayle was the first batsmen to hit a century in the T20 format. He did this in the inaugural match of 2007 T20 World Cup in against the South African team. He hit a total of 117 runs in just 57 balls with a strike rate of 205.26.
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Gayle was the only batsmen to hit a century in the whole tournament. He smashed a total of 7 fours and 10 sixes in his entire innings. However, Gayle’s century couldn’t help his team to win the match. But with this, Gayle led the highest scores in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings.
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