The T20, as a format is usually is too short to make big scores. Yet there have been multiple special instances of batsmen scoring huge in T20 Internationals. We will now have a look at the top 10 individual scores in T20Is.
P.S: The data is of mid-June 2022
1. Aaron Finch (2018)
Australia’s innings in this match against Zimbabwe was a peculiar one. The openers stayed till the final over where both of them got out. Aaron Finch scored his second 150+ score and broke his own record of highest individual T20I score. His knock and the opening partnership of 223 ensured Zimbabwe reached nowhere near the total.
Aaron Finch scored 172 runs in this match.
2. Hazratullah Zazai (2019)
This was the second match in the three-match series between Afghanistan and Ireland. Afghanistan had a 1-0 lead coming into this match. Zazai managed to score the third 150+ score in T20Is with both the previous ones being scored by Aaron Finch. Zazai’s knock powered Afghanistan to 278 which is the highest team score in T20Is till date. Afghanistan won the match and hence the series.
Hazratullah Zazai scored 162 not out in this match.
3. Aaron Finch (2013)
Aaron Finch had a knack of making big scores in T20Is despite being a bit underwhelming in franchise leagues, especially the IPL. This was the first match of the two-match T20I series between Australia and England. Finch was relentlessly striking the ball and managed to score the first 150+ score in T20I. Therefore, this also became the highest individual T20I score then. The record later broken by himself nearly 5 years later.
Aaron Finch scored 156 runs in this match.
4. Glenn Maxwell (2016)
Glenn Maxwell had a big day this match. Unlike his usual middle order exploits, he opened the batting. The move worked as he scored a 65-ball 145 to make Australia reach 263 which was then the highest T20I score and the joint highest T20 score by any team. Sri Lanka failed to chase this one and Australia won the match by a huge margin of 85 runs.
Glenn Maxwell scored 145 not out in this match.
5. Zeeshan Kukikhel (2022)
This one is a relatively recent match. This happened in June 2022. The match was between Hungary and Austria and the Hungary batsman Zeeshan Kukikhel’s century ensured they chased the 197-run target set by Austria, comfortably.
Zeeshan Kukikhel scored 137 runs in this match.
6. Max O’Dowd (2021)
This match was in another triangular series involving Netherlands. This was a match between Netherlands and Malaysia. Netherlands batsman Ma O’Dowd posted up a huge century and Netherlands went on to win the match by 15 runs.
Max O’Dowd scored 133 not out in this match.
7. George Munsey (2019)
This Scotland vs Netherlands match was a part of a triangular series in Ireland. Scotland batted first and racked up a massive 252 thanks to a 56-ball 127 by George Munsey and enough support in the other end by the captain Kyle Coetzer. They won the match by 58 runs.
George Munsey scored 127 not out in this match.
8. Evin Lewis (2017)
This was the lone T20I in the West Indies tour of India. India had scored 190. In return, West Indies chased the target comfortably due to the quickfire knock by Evin Lewis.
Evin Lewis scored 125 not out in this match.
9. Shaheryar Butt (2020)
Shaheryar Butt was the captain of the Belgium in this match against Czech Republic He scored a brilliant century and led the team to a score of 197 and they won the match comfortably. Interestingly, he had scored 81 in another T20I earlier that day and hence became the first batsman to score a century and a half century in T20Is in the same day
Shaheryar Butt scored 125 not out in this match.
10. Shane Watson (2016)
This match was the final match of the 3-match series between India and Australia and Australia had already lost the series. In this match, Australia batted first and Shane Watson played a lone hand scoring a century and leading the team to 197. However, they lost the match in the last ball during India’s chase. Shane Watson was the captain this match and this score became the highest individual score by a captain in T20Is
Shane Watson scored 124 not out in this match.