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Top 10 T20I Teams and Their First T20I Centurions

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Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum were the first players to score a T20I hundred for India and New Zealand respectively
Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum were the first players to score a T20I hundred for India and New Zealand respectively

The T20 format captured the attention of the fans during the 2007 WT20 held in South Africa and has become the most popular format of the game ever since. It is believed to be a batsman-friendly format since the number of overs is quite less which allows them to take risks right from the first ball. The advent of new batting techniques has led to several batsmen scoring runs at an unimaginable quick rate. Earlier, it was difficult for a batsman to even score 100 runs in a 50 overs match but the West Indian batsman Chris Gayle had once smashed 175 runs in a T20 innings which shows how much the batsmen have dominated the game.

As many as 36 centuries have been scored in the T20 internationals and 4 of them have come from the bat of Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who holds the record for the most T20I centuries. But, he wasn't the first batsman to score a century for his country. Here are the top 10 T20I teams and their first ever T20I centurions:


#1 West Indies - Chris Gayle 117 (57) vs South Africa, ICC World T20 2007


ICC World Twenty20 India 2016: West Indies v England
ICC World Twenty20 India 2016: West Indies v England

Chris Gayle has established himself as the best T20 batsman on the planet with his explosive batting skills. He was the player to have scored a hundred in T20Is when he did so in the 1st match of inaugural WT20 in 2007. Playing against hosts South Africa, Gayle opened the innings for WI and played a mesmerizing inning of 117 runs which included 7 fours and 10 sixes. However, his maiden century was not enough for Windies to win their first WT20 match as South Africa chased down their target easily.

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