The T20 format has completely changed the dynamics of the sport. This brand of cricket has given rise to a lot more sponsorships and a much higher fan base in cricket. The thrill and excitement in T20 cricket are second to none.
A question that occupies the minds of many cricket fans is which side has the record for the most T20 wins by a team. Also, there’s curiosity amongst cricket lovers to know about the top 5 teams with the most T20 International victories.
If you have got the same queries, then keep reading.
Australia has probably been the most dominant team in the history of white-ball cricket, and T20 cricket is not too different. They played the first-ever T20 International in 2005 and also won it against New Zealand.
The Aussies have 91 wins in 174 matches, with a win percentage of 54.41%. They have lost 76 competitive games in this format. Some of the most renowned Australian T20 cricketers include Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, and Mitchell Starc.
After losing twice in the semis and once in the final of the T20 World Cup, the Aussies finally claimed their first T20 World Cup title in 2021. Aaron Finch was the first Australian captain to lift the trophy.
#4) New Zealand
As mentioned earlier, the New Zealand team featured in the first T20I ever played in the history of men’s cricket. Back in 2005, they hosted Australia in a historical game. Now, they have played 180 T20 Internationals in about 17 years.
Out of these 180, they have emerged victorious on 93 occasions while they ended up on the losing side 75 times. Consequently, they have a win percentage of 55.11% in the format.
NZ has always been a highly competitive side in this format and has produced some T20 superstars like Brandon McCullum, Martin Guptil, and Tim Southee. Southee holds the record for most T20I wickets for a bowler with 129 scalps in 104 matches.
New Zealand has also been one of the most consistent teams in the T20 World Cups, but unfortunately, they are yet to win a T20 World Cup. They have been beaten thrice in the semi-finals and once in the final of the T20 World Cup.
#3) South Africa
The Proteas have played 165 T20 Internationals and won 58.33% of them. With 94 wins and 67 losses, they stand third on the list of most T20 wins by a team. SA has produced some T20 giants, including AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, David Miller, and Imran Tahir.
T20 International cricket started when the South African team had entered its golden era. But they couldn’t get a World Cup win till now, and even South Africa is yet to play a T20 World Cup final. You may call them unlucky or chokers, but they don’t have much success at the biggest stage in T20 cricket.
In 8 T20 World Cups, the Proteas reached the knockout stage twice in 2009 and 2014. But they ended up on the losing side on both occasions.
Amongst all the T20-playing nations, India has the highest win percentage in the list. In 191 matches, India has 122 wins and 61 losses at a success rate of 66.39%. India has consistently been one of the best teams in the format and has always stayed around the top of the rankings.
Indian team clinched the inaugural season of the T20 World Cup in 2007 to become the first World Champions in this format. Then, they threatened to win their second T20 World Cup twice in 2014 and 2016. However, they failed both times while losing one semi-final and a final. Now, another defeat in the 2022 World Cup semi-final has kept them away from their second title.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the two highest run scorers of all time in T20 International history. Apart from them, MS Dhoni also ended his T20I career as one of the great T20 batters and skippers. Other notable players to play for India in the T20 format are Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav.
The record for most T20 wins by a team in the format is held by Pakistan, with 131 wins across 215 contests. The team has also played the most number of matches in T20 Internationals. The win percentage of 63.09% is highly impressive as well.
Pakistan’s team has given many T20 superstars to the cricketing fraternity. The most prominent ones in the previous generation include Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, and Shoaib Malik. The current generation has the likes of Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Haris Rauf. So, there has never been a shortage of T20 superstars for Pakistan.
Pakistan’s journey in the T20 World Cups has been like a series of crests and troughs. After losing the finals to India in the first edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007, they claimed the trophy in 2009. Then, after losing two semi-finals in the next two seasons (2010 and 2012), they were eliminated in the group stages of the following two tournaments (2014 and 2016).
Then, the Shaheens re-emerged in the 2021 World Cup to win 5 games in a row to qualify for the semis before getting knocked out there. Now, they have ended up as the runner-up in the 2022 World Cup. They have played the most number of semi-finals (6) in 8 T20 World Cups.
Top 5 Teams With the Most T20I Wins
Following are the T20I stats of the 5 most successful sides in the format: