The number of players from a Test-playing nation who managed to register a 50-plus score while keeping wickets for the first time in a Twenty20 International match. K. L. Rahul’s 56 in India’s first T20I against New Zealand at Auckland is the now the highest by a batsman from a major cricketing side who was keeping wickets for the first time.
Highest T20I scores by a player keeping wickets for the first time
Note: Rahul made another fifty (57*) in the second T20I match at Auckland on January 26, 2020, that India won. That makes him the first player to register two 50s in his first two innings as a keeper-batsman in T20I cricket. For the record, the highest score in all T20Is (including those played by associate and affiliate members of the International Cricket Council) is 104* by Serbia’s Leslie Dunbar against Bulgaria at Corfu on October 14, 2019.
The number of times an Indian batsman has managed to register three consecutive scores of 50-plus in T20Is. K.L. Rahul in the second T20I against New Zealand at Auckland became the third after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to do so. Since December 11, 2019, Rahul has been in tremendous form, as his scores listed in chronological order will indicate: 91, 45, 54, 56, 57*. Therefore, by missing a 50 by five runs against Sri Lanka at Indore, he missed the opportunity of becoming the first batsman in T20I cricket to hit five successive scores of 50-plus. As of now, only two others have registered four 50-plus scores in consecutive innings: New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum in December 2008-February 2009 and West Indian Chris Gayle in June-September 2012.
Indian batsmen with three consecutive 50s in T20I cricket
Note: Kohli and Martin Guptill are the only batsmen to register three consecutive 50-plus scores on three separate occasions in T20I cricket.
The number of batsmen who managed 90-plus scores against India while captaining a side in T20Is. Kane Williamson’s 95 at Hamilton on January 29, 2020, is now by far the highest by a New Zealand captain in T20I cricket. The previous highest was the 74 by Brendon McCullum against England, also at Hamilton, on February 12, 2013. Meanwhile, Williamson’s 95 is now the third highest by an opponent captain against India in T20Is, but the highest by a captain against India in a chase.
Highest scores by T20I captains against India
The number of captains who have made 90-plus scores while chasing a target in T20Is. Kane Williamson’s 95 at Hamilton is now the third highest in T20I cricket. Nepal’s Paras Khadka against Singapore has the unique distinction of being the only captain to score a T20I hundred while chasing a target.
90-plus scores by T20I captains
The number of Indian batsmen who have managed a 50-plus score while batting at No. 6 or below in T20I cricket. In the Wellington T20I, Manish Pandey, with his unbeaten 50, became the second Indian after M. S. Dhoni.
Highest T20I scores by Indian batsmen while batting at No. 6 or below
Note: All the above knocks came while batting at No. 6.
Note: All figures above are updated as on January 31, 2020.
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