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Numbers game: Who has the highest WorldT20 average? Kohli or KP?

Last updated on: March 08, 2016 14:29 IST

As India gets set to host the sixth edition of the World T20, check out the top performers from the five previous editions of the tournament.

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Virat Kohli holds the key to India's fortunes at the World T20. Photograph: BCCI

The popularity of Twenty20 cricket is beyond doubt. Today it is common to see a league in the shortest format of the game mushrooming all over the world.

It made global headlines when India won the inaugural edition of the World T20 in 2007. The frenzy grew a million fold a year later when the cash-rich Indian Premier League was launched with much fanfare.

The World T20 is easily one of the most followed tournaments on the international cricket calendar and the International Cricket Council is making most of its popularity by organising the mega-event every two years as compared to the 50-overs' World Cup, which is staged every four years.

The sixth edition of the World T20 is being staged in India for the first time and the country's cricket-crazy fans can't wait for the showpiece event to kick-off on March 15 when hosts India take on New Zealand.

The qualifying round starts a week earlier, on March 8, with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh vying with lesser-ranked nations like Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Oman, Scotland and Netherlands to grab the remaining two slots in the main round the of the tournament.

Sri Lanka, who won the last edition of the World T20 in 2014, have 21 victories from 31 matches in five editions of the tournament, while India have 17 from 28 games.

Check out the records of the previous five editions of the World T20:

WT20 Appearances:

Team Matches Won Lost Tie+W Tie+L NR
Afghanistan 7 1 6 0 0 0
Australia 25 14 11 0 0 0
Bangladesh 18 3 15 0 0 0
England 26 11 14 0 0 1
Hong Kong 3 1 2 0 0 0
India 28 17 9 1 0 1
Ireland 12 3 7 0 0 2
Kenya 2 0 2 0 0 0
Nepal 3 2 1 0 0 0
Netherlands 9 4 5 0 0 0
New Zealand 25 11 12 0 2 0
Pakistan 30 18 11 0 1 0
Scotland 4 0 3 0 0 1
South_Africa 26 16 10 0 0 0
Sri Lanka 31 21 9 1 0 0
United Arab Emirates 3 0 3 0 0 0
West Indies 25 12 11 1 0 1
Zimbabwe 9 3 6 0 0 0

(Tie+W: Victory via Bowl-out after match finished in a tie, Tie+L: Losing via Bowl-out after match finished in a tie.)

Sri Lanka boast of the highest team total in the history of World T20. They smashed a mammoth 260 for six in their 20 overs against Kenya in the first edition of the tournament in 2007.

Highest team totals:

Team Score Overs   Opposition Ground Year
Sri Lanka 260/6 20 v Kenya Johannesburg 2007
India 218/4 20 v England Durban 2007
South Africa 211/5 20 v Scotland The Oval 2009
South Africa 208/2 17.4 v West Indies Johannesburg 2007
West Indies 205/6 20 v South Africa Johannesburg 2007
West Indies 205/4 20 v Australia Colombo (RPS) 2012

Netherlands have the lowest team total in the history of World T20s. They crashed for a lowly 39 against Sri Lanka in Chittagong in 2014.

Lowest Totals

Team Score Overs   Opposition Ground Year
Netherlands 39 10.3 v Sri Lanka Chittagong 2014
New Zealand 60 15.3 v Sri Lanka Chittagong 2014
Ireland 68 16.4 v West Indies Providence 2010
Hong Kong 69 17 v Nepal Chittagong 2014
Afghanistan 72 17.1 v Bangladesh Dhaka 2014

Sri Lanka's former batsman Mahela Jayawardene leads the run-scoring charts with a tally of 1016 runs from 31 matches, at an average of 39, with a century and five fifties.

West Indian Chris Gayle is second with 807 runs, while Tillakaratne Dilshan is a spot behind with 764 runs.

Most Runs

Player Matches Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
DPMD Jayawardene(SL) 31 31 5 1016 100 39.07 1 6
CH Gayle(WI) 23 22 2 807 117 40.35 1 7
TM Dilshan(SL) 31 30 4 764 96* 29.38 0 5
KC Sangakkara(SL) 31 30 4 661 68 25.42 0 4
BB McCullum(NZ) 25 25 3 637 123 28.95 1 2

New Zealand's former captain Brendon McCullum holds the record for the highest individual score in World T20. He smashed 123 against Bangladesh in 2012, while Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, Ahmed Shehzad and Suresh Raina also hit centuries to occupy a place in the top five.

Highest Individual Scores

Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Year
BB McCullum 123 New Zealand v Bangladesh Pallekele 2012
CH Gayle 117 West Indies v South Africa Johannesburg 2007
AD Hales 116* England v Sri Lanka Chittagong 2014
Ahmed Shehzad 111* Pakistan v Bangladesh Dhaka 2014
SK Raina 101 India v South Africa Gros Islet 2010

India's batting sensation Virat Kohli boasts of the highest average at 72, having scored 504 runs in 11 matches, with the help of five half-centuries.

Highest Batting Averages (minimum 10 innings)

Player Matches Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
V Kohli (IND) 11 11 4 504 78* 72 0 6
MEK Hussey (AUS) 21 16 8 437 60* 54.62 0 2
RG Sharma (IND) 23 20 8 585 79* 48.75 0 6
KP Pietersen (ENG) 15 15 2 580 79 44.61 0 4
Umar Akmal (PAK) 16 14 4 408 94 40.8 0 3

Yuvraj Singh holds the record for the fastest half-century in World T20. He hammered a 12-ball 50 against England in Durban in 2007 during which he hit pacer Stuart Board for six sixes in an over.

In the same tournament, he blasted a 20-ball 50 against Australia.

Fastest 50s

Balls Name Team Against Venue Year
12 Yuvraj Singh India England Durban 2007
17 SJ Myburgh Netherlands Ireland Sylhet 2014
18 GJ Maxwell Australia Pakistan Mirpur 2014
20 Mohammad Ashraful Bangladesh West Indies Johannesburg 2007
20 Yuvraj Singh India Australia Durban 2007

Gayle has hit the fastest century in World T20s, off just 50 balls against South Africa in 2007. McCullum is a close second with a 51-ball hundred against Bangladesh in 2012.

Fastest 100s

Balls Name Team Against Venue Year
50 CH Gayle West Indies South Africa Johannesburg 2007
51 BB McCullum New Zealand Bangladesh Pallekele 2012
58 Ahmed Shehzad Pakistan Bangladesh Mirpur 2014
59 SK Raina India South Africa Gros Islet 2010
60 AD Hales England Sri Lanka Chittagong-D 2014

No surprise that Gayle has hit the most sixes in the history of World T20 with 49 sixes from 23 games, while Yuvraj Singh is a distant second with 31 sixes.

Most Sixes

Player Span Matches 6s
CH Gayle(WI) 2007-2014 23 49
Yuvraj Singh(IND) 2007-2014 27 31
SR Watson(AUS) 2007-2014 20 27
DPMD Jayawardene(SL) 2007-2014 31 25
DJ Bravo(WI) 2007-2014 23 22

Highest Partnerships

Wkt Runs Partners Team Opposition Ground Year
1st 145 CH Gayle, DS Smith WI SA Johannesburg 2007
2nd 166 DPMD Jayawardene, KC Sangakkara SL WI Bridgetown 2010
3rd 152 AD Hales, EJG Morgan ENG SL Chittagong 2014
4th 107 AD Hales, EJG Morgan ENG WI Pallekele 2012
5th 119* Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq PAK AUS Johannesburg 2007
6th 101* CL White, MEK Hussey AUS SL Bridgetown 2010
7th 74 MEK Hussey, SPD Smith AUS BAN Bridgetown 2010
8th 53* MEK Hussey, MG Johnson AUS PAK Gros Islet 2010
9th 44 Gulbadin Naib, Shapoor Zadran AFG ENG Colombo(RPS) 2012
10th 20 NO Miller, SJ Benn WI AUS Gros Islet 2010
10th 20 ST Finn, JW Dernbach ENG IND Colombo(RPS) 2012

Sri Lanka's pace ace Lasith Malinga rightly dominates the wicket-taking charts with 38 wickets from 31 games, with an economy rate of 7.43.

Saeed Ajmal is second with 36 scalps from 23 games in a list dominated by Sri Lankan and Pakistani bowlers.

BOWLING

Most Wickets

Player Matches Wkts BBI Ave Econ
SL Malinga(SL) 31 38 May-31 20.07 7.43
Saeed Ajmal(PAK) 23 36 Apr-19 16.86 6.79
BAW Mendis(SL) 21 35 06-Aug 15.02 6.7
Umar Gul(PAK) 24 35 05-Jun 17.25 7.3
Shahid Afridi(PAK) 30 35 04-Nov 22.51 6.62

Sri Lanka's mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis holds the best figures in World T20s -- six for eight against Zimbabwe in 2012. His team mate Rangana Herath claimed five for three against New Zealand in 2014.

Best Bowling Figures:

Player Wkts Econ Team Opposition Ground Year
BAW Mendis 6-8 2 Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Hambantota 2012
HMRKB Herath 5-3 0.85 Sri Lanka New Zealand Chittagong 2014
Umar Gul 5-6 2 Pakistan New Zealand The Oval 2009
Ahsan Malik 5-19 4.75 Netherlands South Africa Chittagong 2014
SL Malinga 5-31 7.75 Sri Lanka England Pallekele 2012

Leading Economy Rates (minimum 250 balls)

Player Matches Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ
SP Narine (WI) 12 44.4 1 231 15 03-Sep 15.4 5.17
DL Vettori (NZ) 17 67.1 0 392 20 Apr-20 19.6 5.83
NL McCullum (NZ) 20 62.1 0 378 20 Mar-15 18.9 6.08
AD Mathews (SL) 26 66.2 2 426 18 Mar-16 23.66 6.42
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 18 65.1 0 420 20 Apr-34 21 6.44

Among wicketkeepers, Pakistan's Kamran Akmal holds the record for most dismissals, with 30 in as many games including 12 catches and 18 stumpings.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in fourth place, with 24 dismissals from 28 matches.

WICKETKEEPING

Most Dismissals

Player Span Matches Dis Ct St
Kamran Akmal (PAK) 2007-2014 30 30 12 18
KC Sangakkara (SL) 2007-2014 31 26 12 14
D Ramdin (WI) 2007-2014 23 24 16 8
MS Dhoni (IND) 2007-2014 28 24 17 7
MV Boucher (SA) 2007-2010 16 16 15 1

Australia's wicketkeeping great Adam Gilchrist holds the record for most dismissals, with four, in a single match -- against Zimbabwe in 2007, a record he jointly holds with England wicketkeeper Matt Prior in the same tournament.

Most Dismissals in an Innings

Player Dis Ct St Inns Team Opposition Ground Year
AC Gilchrist 4 4 0 2 Australia Zimbabwe Cape Town 2007
MJ Prior 4 4 0 1 England South Africa Cape Town 2007
Kamran Akmal 4 0 4 2 Pakistan Netherlands Lord's 2009
NJ O'Brien 4 3 1 1 Ireland Sri Lanka Lord's 2009
MS  Dhoni 4 4 0 1 India Afghanistan Gros Islet 2010

South Africa's AB de Villiers, one of the best fielders in world cricket at the moment, holds the record for most catches, with 21 in 26 matches.

FIELDING

Most Catches

Player Span Matches Ct
AB de Villiers (SA) 2007-2014 26 21
DA Warner (AUS) 2009-2014 19 15
LRPL Taylor (NZ) 2007-2014 23 13
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2007-2014 31 13
MEK Hussey (AUS) 2007-2012 21 12

Most Catches in an Innings

Player Ct Inns Team Opposition Ground Year
DJG Sammy 4 2 West Indies Ireland Providence 2010
B Lee 3 1 Australia Sri Lanka Cape Town 2007
SJ Benn 3 1 West Indies Australia The Oval 2009
LMP Simmons 3 1 West Indies India Lord's 2009
AB de Villiers 3 2 South Africa India Nottingham 2009

The record for most appearances in World T20s is jointly held by Sri Lanka veterans -- Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga and Kumar Sangakkara -- with 31 appearances in the history of the tournament.

APPEARANCES

Most Matches

Player Matches Runs Wkts
TM Dilshan(SL) 31 764 2
DPMD Jayawardene(SL) 31 1016 -
SL Malinga(SL) 31 24 38
KC Sangakkara(SL) 31 661 -
Kamran Akmal(PAK) 30 524 -

UMPIRES

Most Matches Umpired

Umpire Span Matches
Aleem Dar (PAK) 2009-2014 29
SJA Taufel (AUS) 2007-2012 29
SJ Davis (AUS) 2007-2014 24
IJ Gould (ENG) 2009-2014 22
Asad Rauf (PAK) 2007-2012 19

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Statistics courtesy: The International Cricket Council