The fifth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship is all set to start from March 16 in Bangladesh. There is no consistency of a team winning the championship with the game itself being unpredictable. The results were also unpredictable as the four editions were won by different teams. The first edition was won by India, second by Pakistan, third by England and the fourth by West Indies.
|ICC World Twenty20||South Africa||2007/08||India|
|ICC World Twenty20||England||2009||Pakistan|
|ICC World Twenty20||West Indies||2010||England|
|ICC World Twenty20||Sri Lanka||2012||West Indies|
Here are some interesting statistical highlights:
# Pakistan have played most games in the tournament - 26 and is followed by Sri Lanka which have played 25. These are the only two teams which have played 25-plus matches in the competition.
# Pakistan and Sri Lanka share the record for most wins in the tournament. Both teams have won 16 games. England with 11 losses hold the record for most defeats by a team in the tournament. Bangladesh and New Zealand have suffered 10 losses each in the tournament.
# The tournament has witnessed seven occasions of a team posting 200-plus runs in the tournament. Sri Lanka's 260 for 6 against Kenya at Johannesburg on 14.09.07 is the highest team total by a team in the tournament. This also represents the only occasion of a team posting 250-plus runs in the tournament.
# There are 12 occasions of a team dismissed all out for a total less than 100 runs in the tournament. Ireland's 68 all out against West Indies at Providence on 30.04.10 is the lowest total by a team in a completed innings.
# Mahela Jayawardene's 858 runs in the tournament represent the most run aggregate by a batsman in the tournament. He also holds the record for most boundary fours scored by a batsman in the tournament. He has scored 91 boundary fours.
# Chris Gayle, with 664 runs, occupies the second place in the list of batsmen who have scored most runs in the tournament. Tillakaratne Dilshan is the other batsman to score 600-plus runs (632), while Kumar Sangakkara with 590 runs, is on the threshold of becoming the fourth batsman to total 600-plus runs.
# Gayle with 43 boundary sixes to his credit owns the record for most boundary sixes scored by a batsman in the tournament.
The tournament has witnessed four centuries the details of which are furnished below in the chronological order. Brendon McCulllum's 123 in the game between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Pallekele on 21.09.12 is the highest individual score registered by a batsman the tournament.
|1||Chris Gayle||117||7||10||West Indies||South Africa||Johannesburg||11 Sept 2007|
|2||Suresh Raina||101||9||5||India||South Africa||Gros Islet||02 May 2010|
|3||Mahela Jayawardene||100||10||4||Sri Lanka||Zimbabwe||Providence||03 May 2010|
|4||Brendon McCullum||123||11||7||New Zealand||Bangladesh||Pallekele||21 Sept 2012|
There are five occasions of batsman scoring nineties in the tournament. The five batsmen list is furnished below. Like Wright of England is the only batsman to score 99. He was not out on 99 against Afghanistan at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 21.09.12
|1||Like Wright||99*||8||6||England||Afghanistan||Col-RPS||21 Sep 2012|
|2||Mahela Jayawardene||98*||9||4||Sri Lanka||West Indies||Bridgetown||07 May 2010|
|3||Chris Gayle||98||5||7||West Indies||India||Bridgetown||09 May 2010|
|4||Tillakaratne Dilshan||96*||12||2||Sri Lanka||West Indies||The Oval||19 Jun 2009|
|5||Herschelle Gibbs||90||14||2||South Africa||West Indies||Johannesburg||11 Sep 2007|
Gayle and Jayawardene are the two batsmen to score a hundred and ninety in two separate games of the tournament
|1||Chris Gayle||117||7||10||West Indies||South Africa||Johannesburg||11 Sep 2007|
|Chris Gayle||98||5||7||West Indies||India||Bridgetown||09 May 2010|
|2||Mahela Jayawardene||100||10||4||Sri Lanka||Zimbabwe||Providence||03 May 2010|
|Mahela Jayawardene||98*||9||4||Sri Lanka||West Indies||Bridgetown||07 May 2010|
# Gayle owns the record for most fifties in the tournament with seven fifties. He is closely followed by Jayawardene, who has scored six fifties.
# Gayle also holds the record for most half centuries in the tournament. He has scored six half centuries. Jayawardene and Shane Watson have scored five half centuries in the tournament. In fact, these are the three batsmen who have scored five or more half centuries in the tournament.
(Compiled by cricket statistician HR Gopala Krishna)