T20 is one of the most entertaining forms of cricket and 2016 lived up to its hype as many individual performances sparkled throughout the year, especially with the bat.
As many as 8 hundreds were scored this year, with the ball flying to every part of the ground no matter where the match was being played. Here is a list of the best T20I performances with bat in 2016:
145*(65), SR – 223.07, 4s – 14, 6s – 9 vs Sri Lanka in Pallekele
Having been dropped from the ODI side in the preceding 5-match series, Maxwell returned to form with a swashbuckling 145. His entire innings seemed like a highlights package as the ball kept on disappearing to all parts of the ground.
Maxwell had opened the innings in place of the injured Aaron Finch and he made the most of that chance by smashing Sri Lankan bowlers senseless.
124*(71), SR – 174.64, 4s – 10, 6s – 6 vs India in Sydney
Shane Watson came good for the Australians in 3rd T20I of the series with a cracking century after the hosts lost the first two games. Unfortunately, Australia lost the match but his timing and dominance over the Indian bowlers was entertaining.
Ravindra Jadeja bear the brunt of Watson’s mood as he smashed the left arm spinner for 3 sixes down the ground during his innings.
110*(51), SR – 215.68, 4s – 12, 6s – 5 vs West Indies in Lauderhill
This massive effort by KL Rahul almost took India to a world record chase but they fell one run short. Chasing a massive total of 245, Rahul stepped out in the middle after the loss of two wickets and started attacking from the first ball. Whether it was Sunil Narine or Andre Russell, KL Rahul did not spare anyone.
100*(48), SR – 208.33, 4s – 5, 6s – 11 vs England in Mumbai
In this WT20 group match, Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score two centuries in a T20I. As expected during a Chris Gayle innings, there were a lot of fireworks especially down the ground. The tall left-hander kept sending straight sixes with Moeen Ali being hit for four out Gayle’s 11 sixes.
82*(51), SR – 160.78, 4s – 9, 6s – 2 vs Australia in Mohali
Virat Kohli once again has had a great year in T20I with the bat but his contribution in this do or die game was very emotional. With India needing to win the match in order to qualify for the semi-final of WT20, Kohli was the lone warrior who did not spare any bowler. India needed 39 runs off the 18 balls, and Kohli single handedly took India over the line with some awe-inspiring batting.
100(49), SR – 204.08, 4s – 5, 6s – 9 vs India in Lauderhill
The high scoring game played in the US, saw young Evin Lewis become the second West Indian to hit a century in the shortest format. His timing was exquisite, and he almost pulled off a Yuvraj Singh when he smacked Stuart Binny for five consecutive sixes but could only get a single on the last bowl.
83(44), SR – 188.63, 4s – 6, 6s – 4 vs South Africa in Mumbai
Joe Root is not known for his big hitting ability yet his record in T20I cricket is quite impressive. The right-hander pulled off an entertaining chase against the Proteas and scored majority of the runs on the leg side. He was the backbone of the England batting but got out right at the cusp of winning the game, although the tail managed to close the match.
85*(66), SR – 128.78, 4s – 9, 6s – 2 vs England in Kolkata
Yet another match winning performance in a WT20 final by Marlon Samuels secured West Indies their second T20 world cup. He was the only batsman for his team who looked comfortable and he made sure to see West Indies through till the end during this to his entertaining knock.
97*(62), SR – 156.45, 4s – 8, 6s – 4 vs Australia in Cape Town
Not often considered as a great T20 player, Hashim Amla in the 3rd match of the series had an answer for his detractors. The Australian bowlers were picked around by Amla, James Faulkner the most.
He timed the ball well and smacked more than a few pull shots, a stroke he often plays well. Australia ended up winning the game but Amla did receive the Man Of The Match award for his knock
34*(10), SR – 340, 4s – 1, 6s – 4 vs England in Kolkata
One of the most unforgettable T20I innings of all time, Carlos Brathwaite broke many English hearts with his unbelievable knock which saw him smack four consecutive sixes to Ben Stokes in the last over of the WT20 final.
The match was in England’s grasp with West Indies needing 19 runs off 6 balls but Brathwaite had some other plans. His power and timing was brilliant and above all was his temperament.