What is the Highest Score in T20 History?

The best cricket players from around the globe are convening for another edition of the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup, but what is the highest score in T20 history?

New York: Jamaica and West Indies legend Chris Gayle promoting the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup being co-hosted by the West Indies and USA
Kaylan Geekie

Written by: Kaylan Geekie

(Sports Writer)

Fact checked by: Louis Hobbs

(Senior Sports Writer)

Last updated: 2024-05-16

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Chris Gayle holds the record for the highest score in T20 history. Gayle smashed 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Pune Warriors in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL). The former West Indies opening batsman’s mammoth unbeaten century is the highest individual score in any form of professional men’s Twenty20 cricket.

There has been many big hundreds scored in Twenty20 cricket around the world, and with the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on the horizon, SportsBoom decided to delve deep into the archives to find out which batsmen hold the records for the highest scores in T20 cricket history.

Image Credits: ICC

Image Credits: ICC

The Highest Score in T20 Cricket History?

Gayle blasted Pune Warriors to all parts of the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore during the sixth edition of the IPL. Gayle’s incredible innings is remarkable for many reasons. Not only is it the highest ever score in franchise Twenty20 cricket, but it is also the highest score in all forms of men’s T20 cricket, including List A and international. 

The self-anointed “Universe Boss” batted for 66 balls to score 175, and he carried his bat. Pune’s bowlers had no answers for the cavalier West Indies legend’s destructive power-hitting. The opener scored at a strike rate of 265.15, hitting 13 fours and 17 sixes as he bludgeoned the fastest hundred in Twenty20s at the time. 

Gayle reached his century off only 30 balls, which is the quickest ton in any form of men’s professional twenty-over cricket. RCB’s 263/5 total was also the biggest score in T20 cricket at the time, but more than a dozen teams have since made higher totals. 

The two-time T20 World Cup-winner is an ambassador for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies and United States of America. The month-long tournament will take place across seven countries from June 1 to 29. Matches will be played in three southern states of the USA and across six Caribbean islands. 

Image Credits: Paddy Briggs - Public Domain

Image Credits: Paddy Briggs - Public Domain

What is the Highest Score in T20 International History?

Aaron Finch has twice held the record for the highest Twenty20 international (T20I) score. He currently owns the record outright, only three runs fewer than Gayle’s record across all formats. 

Finch first held the record in 2013 after scoring 156 from 63 balls versus England. He hit 11 fours and 14 sixes at a strike rate of 247.61 against the “Old Enemy” at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, 11 years ago. 

Five years later, Finch walloped 172 for Australia versus Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, Harare, in 2018. Like Gayle, The Australian opened the batting for the visitors, which gave him the opportunity to amass his massive twenty-over century. 

Finch tanked the Zimbabwe bowlers to all parts of the ground. He hit 16 fours and 10 sixes at a strike rate of 226.31 off 76 balls, 10 more than Gayle faced during his T20 opening innings. The big-hitting Aussie also has the third-highest score in T20I cricket history. His innings is still the highest-ever scored by an international captain. 

Top 10 Highest Scores in T20 History

Rank

Player

Score

Team

Year

 1

Chris Gayle 

175*

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) 

2013

2

Aaron Finch

172

Australia

2018

3

Hamilton Masakadza

162*

Mountaineers

2016

4

Hazratullah Zazai

162*

Afghanistan

2019

5

Dewald Brevis

162

Titans

2022

6

Adam Lyth

161

Yorkshire

2017

7

Brendon McCullum

158*

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

2008

8

Brendon McCullum

158*

Warwickshire

2015

9

Aaron Finch

156*

Australia

2013

10

Glenn Maxwell

154*

Melbourne Stars

2022

What is the Highest Score by an Indian Player in IPL History?

The highest score by an Indian batsman in Indian Premier League history is 132 not out, scored by KL Rahul. Rahul’s unbeaten century ranks fifth-highest overall in IPL history. The wicketkeeper batsman faced 69 balls for his 132 playing for Kings XI Punjab (now called Punjab Kings) against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai in 2020. 

Rahul hit 14 fours and seven maximums at a strike rate of 191.30 at the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium. Like Gayle and Finch, Rahul opened the batting for the Kings XI, and he also faced more than 50% of the balls in his team’s 20-over innings. 

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Image Credits: Storm machine

Rahul’s 132* ranks forty-first in the all-time highest scores in the history of T20 cricket. While Gayle’s 172* ranks top in T20 history, Finch’s two “Daddy Hundreds” rank second and ninth all-time in the shortest format of the game. 

Gayle and Finch are two of only three batsmen to score two or more 150+ scores in the history of T20 cricket. New Zealand’s Brendan McCullum is the other player. Both McCullum’s highest T20 scores are 158 not out. The Kiwi wicketkeeper batsman scored one IPL century and one ton for Warwickshire in England’s domestic T20 league. 

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Image Credit: Storm Machine // CC BY-SA 4.0

Image Credit: Storm Machine // CC BY-SA 4.0

FAQs

What is the highest score for India in international T20 cricket history?

Virat Kohli scored the highest T20I score in Indian history. Kohli scored 122* for India against Afghanistan in 2022. 

What is the highest individual score in Indian T20 cricket history?

Shreyas Iyer scored the highest individual score by an Indian in T20 cricket history when he scored 147 for Mumbai against Sikkim in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2019.

What is the highest score by a South African T20 batsman?

Faf du Plessis holds the record for the highest score in international T20 history by a South African batsman. Du Plessis scored 119 off 56 balls for the Proteas versus the West Indies in Johannesburg in 2015.

What is the highest score in SA20 history? 

Kyle Verreynne scored the highest score in the SA20 T20 cricket tournament. Verreynne hit an unbeaten 116 off 52 balls for Pretoria Capitals (PC) vs MI Cape Town (MICT) in 2024.

What is the highest individual score in IPL history at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur?

The highest individual score at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in IPL history is 113* of 72 balls by Virat Kohli (RCB) versus Rajasthan Royals (RR) in 2024. 

What is the highest individual score in T20 international history at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur?

The highest individual score at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in T20 international history is 70 of 42 balls by New Zealand’s Martin Guptill against India in 2021. 

Kaylan Geekie

Kaylan Geekie

Kaylan Geekie is a sports fanatic. He attended Durban High School before moving to Scotland, where he lived for 15 years. During his time in the United Kingdom, Kaylan graduated with a first-class BA Honours Degree in Sports Journalism at the University of the West of Scotland. Kaylan worked for nine years as the Match-Day Editor of SuperXV.com, reporting on Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship, the 2015 Men's Rugby World Cup and the 2017 British & Irish Lions series for the website.

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