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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to begin on October 17 and the summit clash of the tournament will take place on November 14 in the United Arab Emirates. Notably, The first edition of the T20 World Cup was held in the year 2007 and it took place in South Africa and India managed to win the inaugural tournament by defeating Pakistan. Meanwhile, the latest edition of the T20 World Cup was held in the year 2016 which West Indies won by defeating England by 4 wickets.
Throughout the years the tournament has seen highly impressive performances from both batsmen and bowlers. However, the T20 format is known as batsmen dominated the game and this tradition has been followed in the T20 World Cups. Batters have continued to play their free flow and explosive cricket and as a result, the marquee event has witnessed several centuries and half-centuries by various players.
Meanwhile, in this article, our prime focus will be the half-centuries scored by players in the T20 World Cup events. Notably, there have been several players with 3 half-centuries in the event. However, only 13 players have scored 4 or more than 4 fifties in the Twenty-20 World Cups and among them, only 5 players have scored more than 5 half-centuries.
Top 5 Players With Most Half Centuries In The T20 World Cups
5. Tillakaratne Dilshan [ 6 ]
The former Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan is one of the most successful batters to emerge from Sri Lanka. Dilshan enjoyed massive success in his T20I career scoring over 1800 runs representing Sri Lanka in T20 Internationals smashing one century and 13 half-centuries. Also during the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, he discovered a shot named “Dilscoop”.
So far Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan has managed to smash 6 half-centuries batting in the T20 World Cups. Also, he is among the tournament’s highest run-getters as he has scored 897 in 35 games at a strike rate of 124.06 and an average of 30.93.
4. Rohit Sharma [ 6 ]
Rohit Sharma is one of the best all-format batsmen in world cricket. He is equally effective in all three formats of the game and with his continuous improvement, he has got the permanent opening slot in the Indian team in Test, ODI, and T20I. Rohit Sharma is the second-highest run-scorer for India in T20I and is a sensational performer.
So Far Rohit Sharma has played 111 games for India in T20 Internationals and has scored 2864 runs at an average of 32.54 and strike rate of 138.96. In his T20I career, Rohit Sharma has smashed 4 centuries and 22 half-centuries.
Rohit Sharma played 28 Twenty-20 World Cup games and has scored 6 half-centuries in the tournament. In these games, Rohit Sharma has scored 673 runs at an average of 39.58 and a strike rate of 127.22 with his highest being 79*.
3. Mahela Jayawardene [ 6 ]
The former Sri Lanka captain Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene is one of the most prolific, elegant, and utterly classy batsmen with a huge appetite for runs. Jayawardene is one of the most successful batsmen in the international cricket scene. He got outstanding batting technique and he was among one of the calm and composed personalities in the history of cricket.
Mahela Jayawardene played a plethora of cricket for Sri Lanka in all three formats and was massively successful in all of them. Talking about the T20 International numbers he played, in total, 55 games and scored 1493 runs at an average of 31.76 and strike rate of 133.18. He was also able to smash one Hundred and nine T20I fifties.
In the T20 World Cup events, he played 31 games and scored 1016 runs at an average of 39.07 and strike rate of 134.74. Also, he was able to hit 6 fifties and 1 hundred during this period.
2. Chris Gayle [ 7 ]
The West Indies powerhouse Christopher Henry Gayle is undoubtedly the most successful batsman in the history of T20 cricket. He has played 442 T20 games and smashed 14179 runs and no batter even comes close to his tally of runs in T20 cricket. His average in T20 is 37.11 and his strike rate is 145.82, Gayle has smashed a total of 22 centuries and 87 half-centuries.
Meanwhile, in T20 Internationals he has played 74 games and scored 1854 runs at an average of 29.42 and strike rate of 139.18. The Universe Boss also has 2 centuries and 14 half-centuries in the T20I format.
Meanwhile, Chris Gayle has played 28 games in T20 World Cups and has scored 920 runs at an average of 40 and a Strike Rate of 146.73. During this period the 41-year-old has smashed 2 hundred and 7 half-centuries. Overall he is the second-highest run-getter in the T20 World Cups currently.
1. Virat Kohli [ 9 ]
The 32-year-old Virat Kohli is one of the most prolific modern generation batsmen. Kohli is the most successful batsman in the history of T20 Internationals. The Indian captain has played 90 T20 International games, batted in 84 innings, and has scored 3159 runs at a sensational average of 52.65 and a Strike Rate of 139.04.
Also, it’s a surprise that a player of Virat Kohli’s caliber who has 70 international centuries hasn’t scored a century in this format. However, it doesn’t really matter as he is sitting at the top in T20 International highest run-getters rankings. Virat Kohli is the first-ever batsman to cross 3000 runs in international cricket.
Talking about his numbers in T20 World Cups they are just absolutely sensational and he is currently the 4th highest run-scorer in T20 World Cups. Kohli has just played 16 Twenty-20 World Cup games and scored amazing 777 runs at a remarkable average of 86.33 and strike rate of 133.04. Meanwhile, in total, he has scored 9 half-centuries.
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