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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: The Greatest Knocks From Indian Batters

An ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will always go amiss without a brilliant stroke of batting display from the Indian cricket team.

Be it fireworks over the stands or some innovative shots towards the boundary line, Indian batters have continually showcased their mettle, with classic examples being players like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli.

From the championship-winning 2007 edition onwards, the cricket world has seen some fantastic knocks from the Men in Blue. We briefly discuss the innings by the Indian players with the highest individual score in the T20 World Cup.

 

Suresh Raina – 101 vs South Africa, 2010

Former India stalwart Suresh Raina is remembered for two things from this knock: the first Indian to notch a T20I century and the other, the only Indian to have a hundred in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

After a gruntling start, Raina scored 82 runs off the last 38 balls he faced to reach his maiden three-figure score in 59 balls before being dismissed on the following ball by Albie Morkel. The left-hander’s knock was the sole driving force behind India notching a first-innings score of 186/5.

In the end, India claimed a 14-run win to earn their second win in the 2010 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

 

Virat Kohli – 89* vs West Indies, 2016

As hosts of the 2016 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, India were firm favourites to edge past West Indies and book a place in the final. Alas, fate had a different plan in motion.

Put to bat first, India registered a first-innings score of 192/2, with Virat Kohli the top run-getter (89 not out). After a 62-run partnership between openers Rohit Sharma (43) and Ajinkya Rahane, Kohli entered the foray and slammed 11 boundaries and a six in his 47-ball unbeaten knock to power to a confident total.

However, his determined innings went in vain as Lendl Simmon’s 51-ball 82 propelled the Men in Maroon to a seven-wicket win in the semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium.

 

Virat Kohli – 82* vs Australia, 2016

Four days before notching his highest score in the T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli helped India beat Australia by six wickets with his 51-ball unbeaten 82.

Australia batted first and scored 160/6 in 20 overs. When it was India’s turn to chase, openers Rohit Sharma (12) and Shikhar Dhawan (13) failed to give a strong headstart. However, Kohli – who came in at number three – took charge of the innings and smashed nine boundaries and two sixes while maintaining partnerships of 12, 45, and 67* with Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, respectively.

Virat Kohli stayed up until the end and was rewarded with the Player of the Match for his effort.

   

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