In the T20I format, it is possible for a single batter to take the game away from the opposition. However, unlike ODI and Test cricket, the batter is devoid of time in the shortest format of the game. To register a big score, he needs to start attacking the ball as early as possible.
Now, this sounds like a task for the Caribbean batters. West Indies has given some of the most dangerous batters to the world who can derail any good bowling line-up on their day. In this article, we will take a look at the highest individual scores by the West Indian batters in T20I cricket.
1. Evin Lewis Vs. India
The first name on this list is Evin Lewis. Lewis played an unbeaten inning of 125 runs against India during the India tour of West Indies in 2017. While chasing a target of 190 runs, Evin hit six fours and twelve sixes in just 62 balls to ensure victory for his team. West Indies won the match with nine wickets remaining.
2. Johnson Charles Vs. South Africa
Moving on, we have Johnson Charles who put together 118 runs in just 46 balls. During the West Indies tour of South Africa in 2023, Charles hit ten fours and eleven sixes in his inning to guide his team to a total of 258 runs. However, South Africa won this match by chasing down the target with seven balls to spare.
3. Chris Gayle Vs. South Africa
On number three, we have Chris Gayle’s knock of 117 runs. Coming off just 57 balls, this knock guided West Indies to a total of 205 runs. However, his seven fours and ten sixes went in vain as West Indies lost this ICC World Twenty20 match in 2007 by eight wickets.
4. Rovman Powell Vs. England
Rovman Powell finds a way to this list with his 107- run knock against England in the third T20I of the England tour of West Indies. Thanks to Powell’s four fours and ten sixes, West Indies posted 224 runs on the board in the first inning. In reply, the English batters could score only 204 runs.
5. Chris Gayle Vs. England
Chris Gayle returns to the list with an unbeaten 100 run knock against England in the World T20 match of 2016. His inning comprised of five fours and eleven sixes. While chasing a target of 182 runs, England emerged victorious as they won by six wickets with eleven balls still in hand.
6. Evin Lewis Vs. India
Evin Lewis finds another place on the list by hitting 100 runs against India during the India tour of West Indies and USA in 2016. By hitting five fours and nine sixes in his 49-ball inning, Evin powered West Indies to 245 runs in the first inning. In this thriller match, India lost by one run.
7. Chris Gayle Vs. India
Standing on number seven, we once again have Chris Gayle, this time for his knock of 98 runs against India in the ICC World Twenty20 of 2010. Studded with five fours and seven sixes, Chris’s knock pushed West Indies to a total of 169 runs. India could score only 155 runs in their 20 overs, and thus, lost by 14 runs.
8. Lendl Simmons Vs. Ireland
The eighth position on this list belongs to Lendl Simmons for playing an unbeaten inning of 91 runs against Ireland in a bilateral series between the two nations in 2020. While chasing only 138 runs, Lendl played a quick knock comprising five fours and ten sixes to fetch a nine-wicket victory for his team.
9. Evin Lewis Vs. Pakistan
Evin Lewis makes his third appearance on the list with a 91-run inning. The knock came against Pakistan during the bilateral series of 2017. Evin bagged five fours and nine sixes in his inning to help his team in successfully chasing down the target of 138 runs and recording a seven-wicket victory with five overs to spare.
10. Chris Gayle Vs. South Africa
Featuring on the list for the fourth time, we have Chris Gayle taking away the final spot. Chris accumulated 90 runs in just 41 balls with the help of nine fours and seven sixes. West Indies registered a four-wicket victory in this bilateral series match of 2015 as they chased down a total of 231 runs.