2013 In Review: Twenty20 Cricket
ICC Media Release.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Twenty20 cricket may be a purist’s nightmare, but despite everything, the format’s thriving and getting bigger and bigger internationally.
In all, 53 T20 Internationals were played in 2013. Pakistan and Kenya were the most involved, playing 12 matches each.
However, Pakistan won eight of those to end 2013 as the most successful team in the format, while Kenya’s six losses made it the least successful.
A total of 15,437 runs were scored in 11,958 balls for the loss of 650 wickets, at an average of almost 155 runs per innings. The extras were made up of 73 byes, 297 leg byes, 454 wides and 48 no-balls. The fours tally stood at 1283, while the sixes added up to 474, an average of more than 24 boundaries and almost nine sixes per match.
Shane Watson, Brendon McCullum and Alex Hales topped the ICC T20 batting rankings. Saeed Ajmal and Sunil Narine topped the bowlers’ charts, while Watson sat atop the all-rounder’s rankings all year.
Aaron Finch’s spectacular 156 off 63 balls against England at Southampton in August was the only century, while 61 fifties and 76 ducks were scored.
On the women’s front, 37 matches took place, with West Indies playing the most – 21. It also won the most number of matches, with nine victories. Sri Lanka’s six defeats were the highest for any team.
A total of 8015 runs were scored off 8417 balls for the loss of 428 wickets. The extras contained 59 byes, 112 leg byes, 294 wides and 19 no-balls.
The tally of fours and sixes stood at 626 and 63 respectively. Seventeen fifties and 59 ducks were registered.