The role of a captain is not just about executing strategies on the field but also leading the team by example. 

Over the years, we have seen many batters lead their teams in the T20 World Cup and deliver breathtaking performances with their willows.

A few of them displayed their exceptional batting skills, bringing up huge scores to give their team an edge over the opponent.

On that note, let’s look at the top 10 highest scores smashed by captains in T20 World Cup history.

Highest Scores as a Captain in T20 World Cup

CaptainScore (Balls)AgainstVenueDate
Chris Gayle (WI)98 (66)IndiaBridgetown9 May 2010
Rohit Sharma (IND)92 (41)AustraliaGros Islet24 Jun 2024
Chris Gayle (WI)88 (50)AustraliaThe Oval6 Jun 2009
Kane Williamson (NZ)85 (48)AustraliaDubai (DICS)14 Nov 2021
Jos Buttler (ENG)83* (38)U.S.A.Bridgetown23 Jun 2024
Jos Buttler (ENG)80* (49)IndiaAdelaide10 Nov 2022
Angelo Mathews (SL)73* (54)EnglandDelhi26 Mar 2016
Jos Buttler (ENG)73 (47)New ZealandBrisbane1 Nov 2022
Babar Azam (PAK)70 (49)NamibiaAbu Dhabi2 Nov 2021
AB de Villiers (SA)69* (28)EnglandChattogram29 Mar 2014

Key Insights

Chris Gayle holds the record for smashing the highest individual score as a captain in the T20 World Cup. The Caribbean batter scored 98 runs in 66 balls at a strike rate of 148.48 against India in 2010.

246.42: The strike rate of AB de Villiers when he blasted an unbeaten 69 off 28 balls against England in 2014. This is the highest strike rate by a captain while scoring a fifty in the tournament.

Babar Azam is the only captain to slam 4 fifties in a single T20 World Cup. 3 of those 4 half-centuries came in consecutive innings.

Azam is also the only skipper to cross the 50-run mark in the T20 World Cup in 5 or more innings.

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