<img class="size-full wp-image-560361 aligncenter" alt="9" src="http://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/9.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> <p></p> <p></p>The year 2016 will be remembered as yet another year which belonged to the batsmen, who enjoyed thrashing the ball with all their might. Be it Test cricket, One-Day Internationals or T20 Internationals (T20I), batsmen spared no bowler across formats. The shortest format of cricket witnessed some brilliant innings being played. Records were shattered, performances were appreciated. Some efforts came in winning causes while some tried really hard but could not take their teams past the finish line.. The year began with heavy dose of T20 cricket, which certainly showed how prominent this format has turned out to be. <p></p> <p></p>Let s have a look back at the year s top batting display from the world of T20. <p></p> <p></p><b>Shane Watson vs <a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india" target="_blank">India</a>, 3rd T20I: </b>Australia s best all-rounder, Watson was under immense pressure to perform with the bat as his bowling was suffering. His future with the team was in danger. Watson displayed his brute with the bat, hammering Indian bowlers all over the park to notch the second highest T20I score at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on January 31. <p></p> <p></p>Watson made 124 runs off 71 balls that included 10 fours and 6 massive sixes. Unfortunately for Watson, it was not still not enough for Australia who went down against a superior batting display by India in their reply. <p></p> <p></p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/scaKDup0Azw" height="355" width="628" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p></p> <p></p><b><a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kane-williamson" target="_blank">Kane Williamson</a> vs Pakistan, 1st T20I: </b>Williamson was captaining New Zealand for the first time post the Brendon McCullum era, and exhibited why he is easily one of the most delegable batsmen in modern times. Needing 172 runs to win, NZ started off poorly losing Martin Guptill early but it was a sturdy knock from Williamson that kept his team in chase. <p></p> <p></p>Williamson nearly snatched a win for his side from the jaws of defeat. He departed after making a 60-ball 70 that included just 6 fours and one solitary, six. Williamson came in first over of the innings and stayed till the very last, showing his ability to drop anchor. <p></p> <p></p><b>Karim Sadiq vs UAE, Asia Cup qualification round: </b>One of the most exciting of matches from the Asia Cup qualifying stage saw Afghanistan clash against UAE. UAE ended up scoring a mammoth 176, thanks to a quick-fire 77 from Rohan Mustafa. Afghanistan in reply tumbled like a pack of cards to 37 for 3. <p></p> <p></p>Karim Sadiq came in the middle and started using his chiseled muscles to good use against UAE bowlers. Karim, in no time, took his team near a win, playing with both cautiousness and ferociousness. Karim added 72 runs to his teams score before they went down and cost a gritty innings to go in vain.<b> </b> <p></p> <p></p><b><a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Virat-Kohli" target="_blank">Virat Kohli</a> vs Pakistan, Asia Cup: </b>India needed just 84 runs to win on a green-top Dhaka pitch, and were left stranded at 8 for 3 with Mohammad Aamer rampaging through the top order. In came India s most dependable player in Virat Kohli, who showed early nerves. Kohli with luck and patience survived Aamer s spell to soon march his way to tenacious 49. Kohli used his technical prowess and not physical strength. Unlike his natural self, he played a fantastic innings of 51-ball for 49 that included 7 fours. <p></p> <p></p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ksVt92Rr9-4" height="355" width="628" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p></p> <p></p><b>Sabbir Rahman vs Sri Lanka, WT20: </b>Fairly an unknown entity in international cricket, Sabbir Rahman displayed his batting talent to a match-winning effort. Rahman came in at 2 for 2 for his team and craved his way to a stroke-full 80. He used the pull shot to maximum result in particular, showing how different he is from other Bangladeshi batsmen. <p></p> <p></p>Rahman s 80-run knock became the difference between winning and losing as Bangladesh won the tie by 23 runs. <p></p> <p></p><b><a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/players/tillakaratne-dilshan" target="_blank">Tillakaratne Dishan</a> vs Afghanistan, WT20: </b>Playing his last world event Tillakaratne Dilshan surely would have wanted to make a lasting impact on the format he loved the most. Chasing a stiff target of 155 runs, Dilshan came out to bat to see his teammates collapse against Afghanistan. Dilshan seized the opportunity and stuck in like a rock for his team. <p></p> <p></p>He batted throughout the innings for almost 10 overs alone (56 balls) to guide his team to a memorable win in the second last over. Dilshan made 83 runs in 83 minutes to his credit (one run per minute) that included 8 fours and 3 humongous sixes. <p></p> <p></p><b>Mohammad Shahzad vs South Africa, WT20: </b>Chasing an imposing 210 runs to win, Afghanistan had their chances in the match with their star batsman Mohammad Shahzad going berserk against their opponents. Shahzad is not the one to back down, and cantered the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott for sixes at will. <p></p> <p></p>Shahzad beat Abbott for 22 runs in his one over that included 3 sixes and a f4our to make South Africa s lives miserable. Shahzad eventually departed for 19-ball 44, which ended Afghanistan s hope of win as they lost the tie by 37 runs. <p></p> <p></p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aqgtm7NaAuQ" height="355" width="628" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p></p> <p></p><b>Virat Kohli vs Australia, WT20: </b>Virat Kohli, already having a remarkable 2016 displayed exemplary skills with the bat yet again. Chasing 161 runs to win, India were 35 for 3 when Kohli came out to bat. With their tails up, Australian bowling attack was allowed to bowl according to their plans as Kohli fended off every problem they flung. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli, after getting his eye in, went on a riot against James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile. Faulkner s over cost Australia as many as 16 runs as Kohli kept hitting boundaries at will, while Coulter-Nile too gave away 16. His 16 runs came off 3 back-to back boundaries and a four all hit by Kohli to notch up a remarkable win for India. Kohli stayed unbeaten on 82. <p></p> <p></p><b><a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sharjeel-khan" target="_blank">Sharjeel Khan</a> vs England, one-off T20I: </b>After getting thumped in the ODI series, Pakistan played England in a one-off T20I. Pakistan needed 135 runs to win with Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif looking in crackling form. <p></p> <p></p>Sharjeel gob smacked the likes of Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid to all parts of the ground to bring up his second T20I half-century. Sharjeel s knock of 59 off 36 ensured that Pakistan were never down and out chasing 136 runs. <p></p> <p></p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k_xCTt0MTMw" height="355" width="628" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p></p> <p></p><b>Glenn Maxwell vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: </b>Maxwell, eyeing a slot in the Australian side after a string of poor show with bat, produced one of the most persuasive T20I innings one has ever seen. Maxwell used his 360 degree approach to shatter the home side s confidence. Maxwell crashed ball through the cover region to force during his innings. <p></p> <p></p>He got to his fifty in 27-balls. He went at a faster rate to reach his 100 taking another 22 balls to get to his century. In the process, Maxwell hammered 11 fours and 5 sixes. <p></p> <p></p>He finished on 145 not out off 65 balls which meant Australia set an Everest like total of 263 runs.