T20 World Cup history and past winners – The hype is growing in the full action of the upcoming T20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place at the end of the year in Australia. Amidst this, cricket fans and experts of all age groups give their knowledge regarding the T20 World Cup. Through this article, we aim to increase the knowledge base of T20 cricket for all our readers.
The first-ever international Twenty20 match was played on 17 February 2005 between Australia and New Zealand in Auckland. Before diving into the history of the T20 World Cup, it is important to first know about the first ever T20I match. Australia defeated New Zealand by 44 points in their first T20 international match in history. Ricky Bunting played an aces of 98 hits on 55 balls.
T20 World Cup Winners –
T20 World Cup 2007: The first T20 World Cup was held in South Africa. In this tournament, a total of 27 matches were played between September 12 and September 23. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, Team India lifted the T20 World Cup in 2007. India defeated Pakistan in the final by 5 runs to win their first T20 World Cup. The 2007 T20 World Cup is seen as MS Dhoni’s rise as a leader in international cricket. In this World Cup, Gautam Gambhir was India’s top scorer with 227 shots to his name. Gautam Gambhir played 7 matches and averaged 37.83. Below is a list of the top 10 players of the first T20 World Cup.
T20 World Cup 2009: The second T20 World Cup was held in England. Team India was a strong contender to win the World Cup but failed to do so. In the tournament held from June 6 to June 20, Pakistan won the tournament and lifted the title. Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in the finals with 8 wickets and won the 2009 T20 World Cup. The multi-level player Shahid Afridi won the ‘Man of the Match’ award in the final, while Tilakartne Dilshan won the ‘Man of the Tournament’ award. List of top 10 players in the 2009 T20 World Cup.
T20 World Cup 2010: The third T20 World Cup was held in the West Indies. Played between May 1 and May 15, England managed to win the World Cup. In the final in Barbados, England defeated Australia by seven wickets to win the World Cup for the first time ever. In the 2010 World Cup Final, Craig Keswetter was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award while Kevin Petersen was awarded the ‘Man of the Series’ award. Top 10 players of the 2010 T20 World Cup.
T20 World Cup 2012: The fourth T20 World Cup was held in Sri Lanka. Under the leadership of Darren Sami, the West Indies defeated hosts Sri Lanka by 36 rounds in the final to win the title. Marlon Samuels was named MVP in the final, while Australian Shane Watson was named ‘Best Player of the Series’ award. Top 10 players in T20 World Cup 2012.
T20 World Cup 2014: At the World Cup held in Bangladesh, India managed to reach the final. In the final, Sri Lanka defeated India by six wickets to win the T20 World Cup. Kumar Sangakara was judged as ‘Man of the Match’ in the final, while Virat Kohli was judged as ‘String Player’ in this tournament. Top 10 players in T20 World Cup 2014.
T20 World Cup 2016: The sixth World Cup was held in India. Team India managed to reach the semi-finals of this tournament. The West Indies team led by Darren Sammy lifted the title after defeating England by five wickets in the finals. Marlon Samuels was named MVP in the final, while Indian hitter Virat Kohli managed to win the MVP award again. Top 10 players in T20 World Cup 2016.
T20 World Cup 2021: Because of Coivd-19, India hosted the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Team India were eliminated from the group stage of the tournament in 2021. Australia won the T20 World Cup in 2021, defeating New Zealand by eight wickets in the final. Mitchell Marsh was named ‘Man of the Match’ in the final, while David Warner was named ‘Top 10 Player of the Series’ at the 2021 T20 World Cup.
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West Indies were the only team to win the T20 World Cup twice and pride themselves on excellence in the T20 format. Former Sri Lankan player Mahila Jayawarde scored the most goals in T20 World Cup history with 1016 goals to his name. Shakib Al-Hassan, the founder of multi-functional Bangladesh, had the highest number of wickets with 41 wickets to his name.
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