T20 is a fast-paced game. It is also a game that severely limits the number of balls you get to face in an innings. One of the reasons why mostly openers score centuries is the fact that they get to play the most of balls.
The reason why despite his impressive recent form, Virat Kohli doesn't have a T20I century to his name is because he doesn't open. So do you know who has the highest score in T20Is n each position?
Does any Indian make the cut? How many Australians feature in this list? Does any player feature on this list, more than once?
Here are the highest scores in T20Is by batting position:
#1 Glenn Maxwell – 145* from 65 balls, for Australian against Sri Lanka at Pallekele, September 2016
When Maxwell is at his belligerent best, he plunders the opposing bowling attack to such an extent that they turn into a wilted lot. And he managed to achieve that against Sri Lanka in September 2016, scoring a 49-ball century that damaged the Lankans bowlers beyond repair.
In an evening of absolute carnage, the Australian team posted the highest score in T20Is, with Maxwell’s unbeaten ton powering them to 263. Interestingly, this was the first time that Maxwell was opening the batting for Australia in T20Is. He had hit a 51-ball hundred against the same opposition in the 50-over World Cup the previous year.
This was Maxwell’s maiden ton in T20Is. Australia’s score of 263 matched the highest innings total ever in all T20s, achieved by Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in 2013.