10 records to be broken at the T20 World Cup 2022
Records for the most runs, wickets and catches in all ICC Men’s T20 World Cups are just some of the benchmarks under threat in the eighth edition of the tournament.
If records truly are made to be broken, here are 10 that could be smashed at the T20 World Cup 2022:
Players named in the T20 World Cup 2022 squads are in bold
A standout in the early editions of the T20 World Cup, Mahela Jayawardena is the only batter to reach four figures for total runs across multiple tournaments.
The former Sri Lanka captain’s record is now under threat from India’s Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, with Australia opener David Warner also within striking distance.
Top 10: Total runs
|Mahela Jayawardena (SL)||1016||31|
|Chris Gayle (WI)||965||33|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)||897||35|
|Rohit Sharma (IND)||847||33|
|Virat Kohli (IND)||845||21|
|David Warner (AUS)||762||30|
|AB de Villiers (SA)||717||30|
|Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)||698||31|
|Kumar Sangakkara (SL)||661||31|
|Shoaib Malik (PAK)||646||34|
Only eight batters have hit a ton in T20 World Cups and just one – Chris Gayle – has done it twice. The retired West Indies opener will now give others a chance to catch, and perhaps overtake, his benchmark for centuries.
Jos Buttler was the only centurion in the T20 World Cup last year, while Alex Hales announced himself with a ton in 2014, leaving the England openers best placed to claim the record from Gayle.
Leaders: Total tons
|Brendon McCullum (NZ)||123||Bangladesh, 2012|
|Chris Gayle (WI)||117||South Africa, 2007|
|Alex Hales (ENG)||116*||Sri Lanka, 2014|
|Ahmed Shehzad (PAK)||111*||Bangladesh, 2014|
|Tamim Iqbal (BAN)||103*||Oman, 2016|
|Jos Buttler (ENG)||101*||Sri Lanka, 2021|
|Suresh Raina (IND)||101||South Africa, 2010|
|Chris Gayle (WI)||100*||England, 2016|
|Mahela Jayawardena (SL)||100||Zimbabwe, 2010|
Total scores of 50 or more
While tons are hard to hit in T20Is, the top batters can regularly reach half-centuries.
India batter Virat Kohli will look to extend his incredible record for 10 scores of 50 or more, which have been made in 21 matches and while only being dismissed 11 times, but Rohit Sharma could yet claim this crown.
Seven batters have four scores of 50 or more in T20 World Cups, but Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is the only one set to have an opportunity to add to that tally in Australia this year.
Leaders: Scores of 50+
|Virat Kohli (IND)||10||21|
|Chris Gayle (WI)||9||33|
|Rohit Sharma (IND)||8||33|
|Mahela Jayawardena (SL)||7||31|
|David Warner (AUS)||6||30|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)||6||35|
|Shane Watson (AUS)||5||24|
|AB de Villiers (SA)||5||30|
Most runs in a T20 World Cup
Virat Kohli also tops all-comers for runs scored in a single edition of the T20 World Cup and is the only batter to appear in this top-10 list twice.
Top 10: Runs in a tournament
|Virat Kohli (IND)||319||2014||6|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)||317||2009||7|
|Babar Azam (PAK)||303||2021||6|
|Mahela Jayawardena (SL)||302||2010||6|
|Tamim Iqbal (BAN)||295||2016||6|
|David Warner (AUS)||289||2021||7|
|Mohammad Rizwan (PAK)||281||2021||6|
|Virat Kohli (IND)||273||2016||5|
|Jos Buttler (ENG)||269||2021||6|
|Matthew Hayden (AUS)||265||2007||6|
Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan will be back to extend his lead for the most wickets in all T20 World Cups, with India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin the closest in the count set to appear again this year.
Several others including Mitchell Starc (24) and Tim Southee (22) should rise into the top 10 but will need incredible tallies to catch the Bangladesh veteran.
Top 10: Total wickets
|Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)||41||31|
|Shahid Afridi (PAK)||39||34|
|Lasith Malinga (SL)||38||31|
|Saeed Ajmal (PAK)||36||23|
|Ajantha Mendis (SL)||35||21|
|Umar Gul (PAK)||35||24|
|Dale Steyn (SA)||30||23|
|Stuart Broad (ENG)||30||26|
|Dwayne Bravo (WI)||27||34|
|R Ashwin (IND)||26||18|
Only two bowlers have claimed four wickets or more in three innings at T20 World Cups, including Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan.
The 35-year-old veteran returns for an eight edition and may well claim the record for himself, though team-mate Mustafizur Rahman could instead surge to the top with a couple more devastating displays.
Leaders: Four-or-more-wicket hauls
|Saeed Ajmal (PAK)||3||23|
|Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)||3||31|
|Mustafizur Rahman (BAN)||2||10|
|Morne Morkel (SA)||2||17|
|Ajantha Mendis (SL)||2||21|
|Umar Gul (PAK)||2||24|
|Shahid Afridi (PAK)||2||34|
Most wickets in a T20 World Cup
Only six bowlers have claimed 13 wickets or more in a T20 World Cup with Pakistan quick Umar Gul a standout for achieving it in each of the first two editions.
Leaders: Wickets in a tournament
|Wanindu Hasaranga (SL)||16||2021||8|
|Ajantha Mendis (SL)||15||2012||6|
|Dirk Nannes (AUS)||14||2010||7|
|Adam Zampa (AUS)||13||2021||7|
|Trent Boult (NZ)||13||2021||7|
|Umar Gul (PAK)||13||2009||7|
|Umar Gul (PAK)||13||2007||7|
Former South Africa stalwart AB de Villiers was as reliable in the field as behind the stumps, and holds the record for the most catches at T20 World Cups.
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Australia batter David Warner are not far behind and could prove at this year’s T20 World Cup that catches win more than just matches.
Three players are equal on 13 catches at T20 World Cups, including West Indies all-rounder Daren Sammy who leads on his own for taking four in one match.
Leaders: Total catches
|AB de Villiers (SA)||23||30|
|Martin Guptill (NZ)||19||28|
|David Warner (AUS)||18||30|
|Rohit Sharma (IND)||15||33|
|Dwayne Bravo (WI)||15||34|
|Steve Smith (AUS)||14||18|
|Glenn Maxwell (AUS)||14||20|
|Ross Taylor (NZ)||14||28|
Total keeper dismissals
Former India skipper MS Dhoni’s record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper at T20 World Cups looks safe, but South Africa’s Quinton de Kock and Australia’s Matthew Wade will hope to rise up the ranks with a deep run into the knockout stages.
Top 10: Total dismissals
|MS Dhoni (IND)||32||33|
|Kamran Akmal (PAK)||30||30|
|Denesh Ramdin (WI)||27||29|
|Kumar Sangakkara (SL)||26||31|
|Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)||24||33|
|Mark Boucher (SA)||16||16|
|Quinton de Kock (SA||15||13|
|Matthew Wade (AUS)||14||13|
|Mohammad Shahzad (AFG)||13||19|
|Luke Ronchi (NZ)||12||9|
Most keeper dismissals in a T20 World Cup
No keeper has yet claimed 10 dismissals across a T20 World Cup although six have come close with nine including Australia’s Matthew Wade last year.
Leaders: Dismissals in a tournament
|AB de Villiers (SA)||9||2012||5|
|Adam Gilchrist (AUS)||9||2007||6|
|Kamran Akmal (PAK)||9||2010||6|
|Kumar Sangakkara (SL)||9||2009||7|
|Matthew Wade (AUS)||9||2021||7|
|Quinton de Kock (SA)||8||2014||5|
|MS Dhoni (IND)||8||2015||5|
|Kamran Akmal (PAK)||8||2009||7|
|Matthew Cross (SCO)||8||2021||8|