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Most Runs Conceded In An Innings In ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

• 23 Apr, 24 • by Gaurav Sauran
Most Runs Conceded In An Innings In ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is a tournament known for explosive batting displays and high-scoring matches. While batsmen capture the headlines with their six-hitting prowess, bowlers too play a crucial role.  However, even the best bowlers can have an off day, and sometimes that can lead to a very expensive outing. Let’s take a look at five bowlers who have conceded the most runs in a single innings in T20 World Cup history (minimum 4 overs bowled):


Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka):

The Sri Lankan legend, Sanath Jayasuriya, holds the unwanted record of conceding the most runs in a T20 World Cup innings. In a 2007 match against Pakistan, Jayasuriya’s 4 overs went for a staggering 64 runs, with an economy rate of a hefty 16.00. While Jayasuriya was known for his explosive batting, this match serves as a reminder that even the most prolific players can struggle on the big stage.


Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh):

Bangladesh’s pace bowling spearhead, Mashrafe Mortaza, also finds himself on this list. During a 2014 World Cup encounter against Pakistan, Mortaza’s 4 overs leaked 63 runs, with an economy rate of 15.75. While pace bowlers are more susceptible to conceding boundaries in T20 cricket, this performance highlights the challenges even experienced bowlers face against top-quality opposition.


Lameck Onyango (Kenya):

Kenyan bowling hero Lameck Onyango finds a place here for his expensive spell against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup. His 4 overs yielded 61 runs, with an economy rate of 15.25.  This match serves as a reminder that even lesser teams can have their moments in the T20 World Cup, and even against strong opposition, bowlers can find themselves under pressure.


Stuart Broad (England):

The English pace bowler, Stuart Broad, endured a forgettable outing in the 2007 World Cup against India. His 4 overs were carted for 60 runs, with an economy rate of 15.00.   This match exemplifies the ruthlessness of T20 batsmen, where even a world-class pacer can be punished if his line and length are off.


Mitchell Starc (Australia):

Even the most feared bowlers aren’t immune to an expensive spell. Australian pace ace Mitchell Starc conceded 60 runs in his 4 overs against New Zealand in the 2021 World Cup, with an economy rate of 15.00.  This match showcases that even on big occasions, where bowlers are expected to take wickets, containing batsmen can be a significant challenge in T20 cricket.


While these bowlers would likely prefer to forget these outings, their expensive spells serve as a reminder of the fine line between success and failure in the fast-paced world of T20 cricket. It emphasizes the importance of bowlers adapting to the pressure situations and executing their plans effectively in a format where batsmen constantly look to dominate.

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