With a brilliant 102 not out off 65 balls for Gloucestershire against Kent in the Vitality T20 Blast played at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, 39-year-old Michael Klinger moved up to number 2 in the list of batsmen to score centuries in T20 cricket. He has now scored 8 centuries so far in 204 matches (196 innings) with an average of 34.48 and the best score of 126*.
The right-handed Klinger has featured 9 franchises so far in T20 cricket. Klinger has played for Adelaide Strikers, Australia, Gloucestershire, Khulna Titans, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Paarl Rocks, Perth Scorchers, South Australia and Victoria.
His knock of 102 not out helped Gloucestershire post 180 for 3 in 20 overs. Despite Faf du Plessis 60 and Sam Billings 55, Kent fell short of the target by 5 runs. Klinger has played 3 T20I matches for Australia scoring 143 runs with the best score of 62. Klinger made his T20 debut in 2006 for Western Australia.
It has been a remarkable journey for Klinger who has done very good in the T20 format around the world. From 2013 onwards, Klinger is playing for Gloucestershire.
Chris Gayle is way above the rest in the T20 format with 21 centuries from 384 matches (376 innings) with the best score of 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India in 2013. He has played 25 0franchises around the world.
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Luke Wright, Brendon McCullum have scored 7 centuries in the T20 format. Rohit Sharma and Shane Watson have scored 6 centuries in the T20 format.
Klinger performance in the Vitality T20 Blast in 2019, shows his hunger to play. During the knock of 102 off 65 balls, the opener hit 9 fours and 4 sixes, Gloucestershire moved to 2nd in the points table.
Chris Gayle is a rockstar in the format with 21 centuries and still going on. He scored a brilliant century in Global T20 Canada 2019 tournament playing for Vancouver Knights.
There is only one Indian included in the list of most centuries in the format. Rohit Sharma has hit 4 centuries for India while 2 in IPL.