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Raina lone Indian to score ton in World T20

Suresh Raina

Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina is the lone Indian in the short list of four players from all countries to have scored a century 
Suresh Raina

Mumbai: Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina is the lone Indian in the short list of four players from all countries to have scored a century in the ICC World T20 Championship’s brief history whose fifth edition is set to commence in Bangladesh from Sunday.

Raina, who lost his place in the Test and ODI formats of the game, is part of the squad led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the T20 event.

Raina scored 101 with five sixes and nine fours against the South Africans at Gros Islet in May, 2010 in the third edition of the tournament held in the West Indies.

The other three century makers in the shortest form of the game are Chris Gayle (West Indies, 117 v South Africa at Johannesburg in September, 2007), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka, 100 v Zimbabwe at Providence in May, 2010) and Brendon McCullum (New Zealand, 123 v Bangladesh at Pallekele in September, 2012), as per the statistics provided by H Gopalakrishna.

Gayle and Jayawardene had missed out on notching up another hundred each as they scored 98 and 98 not out respectively, both at Bridgetown, in 2010.

Incidentally Jayawardene (858 runs) and left-handed Gayle (664) are the top two run-getters in the tournament’s history while the stylish Lankan right-hander also holds the record for most fours (91) in the tournament while the feat of scoring the highest number of sixes (43) rests with the powerful West Indian.

The two batsmen also hold the no.1 and 2 positions in the highest number of 50 or 50-plus scores with Gayle having scored 7 (including one century) in comparison to Jayawardene’s 6 (including one ton).

Lanka’s unorthodox finger spinner Ajantha Mendis has the distinction of returning the best figures (6 wickets for 8 runs) in the tournament against Zimbabwe at Hambantota in September, 2012.

The next best figures belong to Umar Gul (Pakistan, 5 for 6 v New Zealand at the Oval in June, 2009) and Mark Gillespie (New Zealand, 4 for 7 v Kenya at Durnan in September, 2007).

West Indies are the defending champions having won the title in the 4th edition held in 2012 after India (2007), Pakistan (2009), England (2010) in that order.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka share the record for most wins (16 each) in the tournament. England with eleven defeats hold the record for most losses by a team in the tournament followed by Bangladesh and New Zealand (10 losses each).


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