2019 Special: Top 3 Knocks in T20 Internationals (T20Is)

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Rohit Sharma’s 85(43), the main highlight as we find the top 3 knocks in T20Is in 2019.

T20Is – the most marketable format in the game of cricket fell behind the ODIs in 2019; both in terms of popularity and memorable instances. With the focus firmly set on the 50-over World Cup, comparatively lesser importance was given to the T20Is. In fact, in the initial months of the last year, the marquee cricketers hardly played any games in this format.

Nevertheless, as T20Is invariably promise, a few special performances, especially from the bat, made news in 2019 too. Be it Virat Kohli’s 95(50) against West Indies or Isuru Udana’s 84(48), T20Is did not fail to entertain us in 2019. But, there were there more knocks that made a lot of noise, and deserve a good a special mention. 

On that note, let’s revisit the top 3 knocks in T20Is in 2019, which we feel are the best of the lot. 


METHODOLOGY:

As always, we have analyzed the top batting knocks on the basis of the batting points calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, acceleration bonus, relative strike rate and runs bonus, number of fours, number of sixes, number of good knocks points, match-winning knock points, and the player of the match points.

To leave out the biases and perception, we have kept the things simple by comparing the overall batting points of all the knocks to find out the Top 3 knocks in T20Is in 2019.

#3: Rohit Sharma’s 85(43) vs Bangladesh

Score: 83(45) || SR: 197.67 || 4s: 6 || 6s: 6 || Batting Points: 178.33

Bangladesh had secured their first-ever T20 win over India in the first encounter, and the pressure was on the Rohit Sharma-led hosts to draw level in the second match at Rajkot. This game was also Rohit Sharma’s 100th T20I, and he celebrated the occasion with his best T20I knock of 2019.

Chasing 155, Rohit, who came from an excellent run in the Test matches, yet again looked sublime in this innings. He hardly took any risks at the start, as he picked gaps to perfection to gift himself easy boundaries. Not to forget, the crisp timing executed by the Hitman had many balls flying off the bat with ease.

Shikhar Dhawan was a mere spectator at the other end as Rohit toyed with Bangladeshi bowlers in this innings. Rohit spared none of them, as he scored runs all over the park. Especially in one of the overs bowled by Mosaddek Hossain, Rohit scored three consecutive sixes, and entertained the Rajkot crowd.

Rohit’s 85 included six boundaries and sixes each, as India reached the target comfortably with 26 balls to spare. India also drew level with Bangladesh after the win in this match.

#2: Dawid Malan’s 103(51) vs New Zealand

Score: 103(51) || SR: 201.96 |  4s: 9 | 6s: 6 || Batting Points: 189.03

Despite impressing since the start of his T20 career, Dawid Malan lacked impetus to his situation in the National team. Batting at no.3, and in the absence of many stars, Malan finally made full use of the opportunity in the 4th T20I against New Zealand at Napier. 

Malan came into the crease after Jonny Bairstow lost his wicket early in the innings. While Tom Banton was going guns at one end, Malan eased himself into the pitch, and punished anything that allowed him to free his hands. After Banton fell, captain Morgan came into the crease, and Malan changed his approach instantly.

Dawid Malan's blazing century against New Zealand, the highlight of 2019 | Image Source: ICC
Dawid Malan’s blazing century against New Zealand, the highlight of 2019 | Image Source: ICC

The pitch had hardly anything for the bowlers, and Malan figured this out at the start. While the bad deliveries were shown no mercy, Malan also made use of the short boundaries to good effect. Especially against Ish Sodhi’s leg-spinners, Malan struck almost every ball to the shorter end. In return, the 32-year-old left-hander added a few sixes to his account.

While Malan was relatively slow to get to his fifty, he then took just 17 balls to reach his hundred. 9 fours and 6 sixes adorned this entertaining knock. Also, aided by Morgan’s career-best 91 at the other end, England reached their highest T20 total of 241 in this innings. New Zealand could not keep up with the required run-rate in their chase, as they were bundled out for 165 in the 17th over.

#1: Glenn Maxwell’s 113(55) vs India

Score: 113(55) || SR: 205.45 || 4s: 7 | 6s: 9 || Batting Points: 232.66

In the Australian jersey, apart from the quick cameos, Glenn Maxwell had not exactly ‘arrived’ on the Indian pitches. However, on 26th February, Maxwell produced a knock, which would go down as one of the finest in this format.

Chasing a solid target of 191, Australia looked out-of-sorts in their chase being restricted to 22-2. In came Glenn Maxwell at no.4, and Australia soon went into cruise mode. With a six off Bumrah in the powerplay, Maxi found his momentum, as the inexperienced Indian bowling unit braced for an onslaught.

Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Siddharth Kaul were all taken to the cleaners, as Maxwell comfortably reached 50 in the 13th over. Apart from executing the big-shots to perfection, the Aussie’s shuffling-act on the crease was the major deterrent for the Indians. The bowlers erred in their lines, and Maxwell was there to milk the situation to his advantage.

Despite the required rate crossing 11 in many instances, Maxwell did not change his approach and counter-attacked in style. His knock included 7 boundaries and 9 sixes, as Australia went past India’s score with two balls to spare.

While these three were certain the top knocks in T20Is in 2019, the other knocks that were equally good are Eoin Morgan’s 91(41) vs New Zealand, David Warner’s 100(56) vs Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli’s 94(50) vs West Indies, etc.

Thanks for reading! Which knock did you like the most? Do let us know in the comments section down below.


ALSO READ: 2019 Special: Top 3 Knocks in One Day Internationals (ODIs)


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