The Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008 started a revolution in cricket. Cricket was one among the very few global sports which was played mainly at the international level rather than club level. With the emergence of IPL, along with the affinity of the audience for T20 cricket, a number of franchise-based tournaments emerged in a lot of countries.
The different tournaments have enhanced the skills of players in the shortest format of the game. One of the most defining factors of franchise cricket has been the performance of batsmen.
It might be owing to the familiarity of playing at similar venues year after year or some extra freedom gained from not representing the national team, plenty of batsmen have gone on to amass massive scores in franchise cricket. Scoring truckloads of runs, they also have smashed a number of tons as well.
Let us have a look at the number of centuries scored in all T20 leagues across all their seasons: –
Pakistan Super League (Pakistan- 8)
The newest cricket league, The Pakistan Super League (PSL), which had its first season in 2016, hasn’t seen too many tons, with only eight times batsmen breaching the three-figure-mark.
The most number of hundreds, three, have been scored in the 2020 season which came to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. The most successful batsman in terms of 100s has been Kamran Akmal who has scored three of the eight tons.
The highest individual score in the PSL has been Colin Ingram’s 127* in 2019 playing for Karachi Kings against the Quetta Gladiators. The team with maximum 100s has been Peshawar Zalmi with three centuries.
Caribbean Premier League (West Indies- 17)
The league which possesses the finest strikers of the cricket ball, the West Indians, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) since its inception in 2014, has seen 17 tons in seven seasons.
The highest number of tons were witnessed in the inaugural season in 2014 and 2018 where four centuries each were scored. Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith are at the top of the list of centurions with four 100s each.
The highest score though came from the bat of youngster Brandon King when playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2019 he smoked an unbeaten 132 against Barbados Tridents. Across all seasons, the most number of centuries, seven, have come from the Jamaica Tallawahs.
T20 Blast (England- 72)
England is the birthplace of not just cricket, but T20 cricket as well and before it became a phenomenon all over the world, the T20 format was being played in England as early as 2003.
But it was in 2014 when they named their domestic T20 league as the ‘T20 Blast’ when it became more of a global league. Since 2014, 72 tons have been scored, and while this number may seem massive, the matches played in the Blast per season are also much higher compared to other leagues.
Michael Klinger has been the most successful batsman in the tournament in terms of tons with six centuries to his name. The highest score came in 2017 when Adam Lyth smashed 161 playing for Yorkshire against Northamptonshire.
Bangladesh Premier League (Bangladesh- 21)
The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). which had its inaugural season in 2012. has seen 21 100s scored. 2019 witnessed the most number of 100s with six tons coming from the willows of the batsmen.
Chris Gayle has once again amassed the greatest number of tons, with a total of five 100s across seasons and the highest score coming from his bat in 2017 where he smoked 146* playing for the Rangpur Riders against the Dhaka Dynamites.
The highest number of tons, six, have come from the Rangpur Riders’, now Rangers, camp. In the 2019 edition of the BPL, players like Alex Hales and AB de Villiers plied their trade for them.
Big Bash League (Australia- 24)
The Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia began towards the end of 2011 and in the last decade has seen only 24 tons .The bigger grounds and bouncy tracks could be a reason the BBL hasn’t seen many tons.
The highest number of tons in the BBL were seen in the years 2015 and 2020 where in both the seasons four 100s were scored. D’Arcy Short, Shane Watson, Luke Wright, Craig Simmons, Usman Khawaja have all scored two tons each in the BBL.
The highest score, though, came earlier this year when Marcus Stoinis, playing for the Melbourne Stars, smoked 147* against Sydney Sixers. Six 100s have come from players of Sydney Thunder, the highest in the league.
Indian Premier League (India- 58)
The biggest and grandest of them all, inaugurated in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 12 seasons has witnessed 58 centuries. 2016 was the most fruitful season for the batsmen as a total of seven tons were scored.
The most successful batsman in terms of centuries in the IPL has been Chris Gayle, with six 100s across 12 seasons with two of them coming in 2011, while Virat Kohli has five, four of which came in 2016.
The highest score has also come off the willow of the Jamaican Gayle who had scored a swashbuckling 175* against Pune Warriors India in 2013. 13 centuries have come from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) itself.