India has become the leading country to reach the milestone of 200+ scores most times in the Twenty20 format. India set the record on Thursday (June 9) by scoring 211 runs on the first day of a five-match T20I series against South Africa, marking their 20th 200+ total in the shortest format of cricket.
In T20I cricket, the Men in Blue have chased 200+ scores on several occasions, and even when they have been unsuccessful, they have always put up a fight. Their greatest second-inning score came against the West Indies in a T20I in Lauderhill. After reaching 244/4 in 20 overs, India was defeated by one run.
Team India first scored 200 runs in T20Is against England at the 2007 World T20 in Durban. Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad will live long in the memory. India scored 218/4 in the first innings and won by 18 runs.
It used to be difficult to score 250 in one-day internationals. Even in T20 cricket, scoring 200+ runs has become a common occurrence, since teams have made it a practise to do so. To prevent the batsmen from scoring substantially, the bowlers must employ a variety of strategies. The shorter grounds and flatter pitches, on the other hand, haven’t helped their cause.
When Australia faced New Zealand in Auckland in February 2005, the Twenty20 International format was introduced. The shortest and quickest version of cricket proved an instant hit with spectators, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) began exploiting this new format’s appeal in different regions of the world.