Batters with Highest Individual Score in T20 World Cup

Explore historic innings as we unveil the highest individual scores in T20 World Cup history. From McCullum to Gayle, discover the power-packed performances.

It is said that T20 is a format made for batters and with the kind of matches taking place in the Indian T20 League the saying seems true. With teams breaching the 200-run mark in almost every match due to the impact player rule, batters seem to be ruling the format. But will the trend continue in the upcoming 2024 T20 WorldScheduled to be played in the USA and West Indies in June?

In this article, we will look at the highest individual score in the history of T20 World Cup

Brendon McCullum: 123(58)


The former New Zealand wicketkeeper batter is known for his big-hitting abilities in international cricket and set the stage on fire with a blistering century against Bangladesh during the 2012 T20 World Cup. Batting first in the fifth match of the tournament McCullum scored 123 runs off 58 balls including 11 fours and 7 sixes which helped the team register a convincing 59-run win after posting a total of 191 runs for the loss of three wickets. McCullum took full advantage of some inexperienced Bangladeshi bowlers and raised his way to the highest individual score in the history of the T20 World Cup.

Chris Gayle: 117(57)

The West Indies opener and Universe Boss as he is famously called scored 117 runs off just 57 balls in the first match inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup held in South Africa. Gayle’s innings included 7 fours and 10 sixes which helped the West Indies post a massive total of 205 for the loss of six wickets at the end of 20 overs. This was also the first instance of a team posting a total of more than 200 runs in the T20 World Cup. Gayle was well supported by Devon Smith who scored a run-a-ball 35 and gave much-needed support to Gayle who took full advantage of a flat pitch and small boundaries at Johnsburg.

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Alex Hales: 116(64)

The former English batter played a breathtaking inning of 116 runs off just 64 balls in high high-scoring run chase against Sri Lanka in the 2014 T20 World Cup held in Bangladesh. Chasing 190 runs to win Hales lost his opening partner Michael Lumb and number three batter Moeen Ali in the first over which meant more responsibility was on Hales’ shoulder to guide the team through. The batter did that by stitching a valuable 152-run partnership for the third wicket with Morgan which helped the team register a memorable win. Although England had a forgetful campaign as the team lost to the Netherlands in the group stages the win against Sri Lanka was one of the memorable moments of the tournament.

Ahmed Shehzad: 111(62)

The Pakistani opener smashed a century against Bangladesh in the 2014 T20 World Cup which is still the only century score by a Pakistani batter in the tournament so far. Batting first against an inexperienced bowling lineup Shehzad scored 111 runs off just 62 balls including 10 fours and 5 sixes. His innings ensured that Pakistan posted a challenging score of 190 runs for the loss of five wickets which proved to be enough as Pakistan went on to win the match by 50 runs.

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Rilee Rossouw: 109(56)

The South African batter made a resounding comeback in international cricket in 2022 as he scored a century against India in the third T20I. He continued his rich vein of form in the T20 World Cup 2022 held in Australia by scoring a century against Bangladesh 109 runs of 56 balls to be precise including 7 fours and 8 sixes. Courtesy of his innings, South Africa posted a total of 205 runs on the board and went on to register a convincing win by 104 runs over Bangladesh. Rossouw’s innings is the highest individual score by a South African batter in the T20 World Cup.

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