T20 gives players the liberty to express themselves. Those like Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum have taken advantage and showcased their class via this format. In fact, players with a natural attacking game thrive when playing T20s. These batsmen have the highest strike rate among contemporary cricketers as they score at double the speed in T20s compared to other formats of the game. Some knocks have changed the course of the match. Let’s take a look at some of the best innings in T20 cricket. (The list includes innings in all forms of T20 cricket)
Chris Gayle’s 175 not out against Pune Warriors in IPL 2013: Kolkata Knight Riders will be ruing letting go of Chris Gayle to Royal Challengers Bangalore. The West Indian batsman has played many a match-winning knocks for RCB and none better than the unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. He struck the fastest hundred in all forms of cricket when he reached his century off just 30 balls. He went on to score an unbeaten 175 off just 66 balls with a phenomenal 17 sixes and 13 fours. The Warriors bowlers faced the wrath of Gayle and were clueless of what hit them then. This is one of the best attacking innings in world cricket.
Brendon McCullum’s 158 not out against RCB in IPL 2008: The first match of the inaugural IPL got off to a rocking start with the New Zealand player smashing a devastating unbeaten 158. Playing for KKR, McCullum seemed unstoppable in the match. He cracked 13 sixes and 10 fours in his 73-ball innings. McCullum has been a valuable player in T20 cricket and he has set up victories with his quick and attacking cameos. He shifted to Chennai Super Kings but continued amassing runs for the Southern team as well.
Aaron Finch’s 156 against England in 2013: The Australian batsman announced his arrival in T20 cricket with this bludgeoning innings of 156 that took the English bowlers to the cleaners. Finch smashed 14 sixes and 11 fours in his 156 off 63 balls. Finch has played for as many five franchises in IPL. He is currently in the Mumbai Indians’ roster.
AB De Villiers’s 133 not out against Mumbai Indians in 2015: The mercurial AB de Villiers was so devastating in this innings that it destined an equally brilliant innings of an unbeaten 82 by Virat Kohli into the shadows. AB scored 133 off just 59 balls with 19 fours and 4 sixes. He had a strike rate of 225.42 during this knock.
Louis van der Westhuizen’s 145 vs Kenya in 2011: The Namibian’s knock against Kenya comes in this list because of his knock of 145 came off just 50 balls with a strike rate of 290, which is the best by any player. The second best strike rate is that of Chris Gayle’s 265.15 when the West Indian scored 175 not out against Pune Warriors.