The “real” T20 World Championship gets going today with India taking on New Zealand. Here is a statistical survey of all T20 WC matches from 2007 to the first round of 2016, which ended on March 13.
Most runs (minimum 500):
Jayawardene’s record might be surpassed by Gayle, with Dilshan also in pursuit.
Highest innings scores (80 and above):
Many current players in the above list. There is already one century by Tamim Iqbal in this year’s matches.
Best batting average (minimum 20 innings):
Interesting that Rohit Sharma has the highest average so far. He seems to have benefited from a large proportion of not out innings.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 250 balls, 125.00)
Afridi tops this list, while Yuvraj’s position is lower than expected.
Most wickets (16 and above):
Malinga is playing this time, so he should extend his record (fitness permitting). Afridi has a chance of surpassing this record.
Best innings bowling:
Note Herath’s startling figures. Mendis and Umar Gul are not here this time, but Herath is.
Best bowling averages (minimum 500 balls):
Ajmal’s record seems secure. Note that Afridi has the best economy rate here.
Best fielding overall (minimum 10 dismissals):
de Villiers and the much-maligned Kamran Akmal head this list. de Villiers should move far ahead of the present contenders as he is likely to be keeping. He also has the record of 21 catches by a non-keeper, which is unlikely to be surpassed unless Warner does exceptionally well. Also note the record of 18 stumpings by Kamran.
Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):
Note the record of 4 stumpings by Kamran and Ramdin, while Sammy is the only one with 4 catches by a non-keeper.
Highest dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.350):
Most of those at the top are playing this time. Coincidentally the McCullum brothers are neighbours here, and Nathan is still playing.
Overall all-round performance (minimum 20 innings batting as well as bowling):
All except Albie Morkel are playing this time.
Best all-round performance in a match (Minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets):
Dwayne Bravo and Watson (28 Sep 2012) have the best performances here.