As India gears up to host what will be the sixth edition of ICC’s much vaunted World T-20 championships (March – April 2016), there exist many interesting stats and trivia which have been thrown up since the tournament’s inception in 2007.
Right from India’s dream win against Pakistan in the 2007 finale at Johannesburg to Kumar Sangakkara finally winning a world-level title with Sri Lanka at Dhaka in 2014, the journey of the tournament has been a roller-coaster ride.
So here are ten interesting facts and trivia which add to the tournament’s romantic appeal.
1) Power of Thirteen
Pakistan’s Umar Gul who finished as highest wicket-taker in the 2007 and 2009 editions quite amazingly finished with 13 wickets in each tournament!
2) Hat-trick hero
Australia’s Brett Lee is the first bowler to take a hat-trick in a T-20 World Cup game. He achieved that enviable feat in the 2007 Group F encounter against Bangladesh at Cape Town with Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza and Alok Kapali being his victims.
West Indies smasher Chris Gayle and India’s flamboyant Yuvraj Singh lead the list for most number of sixes overall in the history of World T-20 with 49 and 21 respectively.
Gayle achieved that feat in 21 games and Yuvraj took 25 to reach his milestone.
4) Gayle storm!
Gayle’s 16 sixes in the 2012 edition in Sri Lanka are the highest by any batsman in a single edition of the tournament.
5) Maiden heroes
England won their first ever ICC Trophy in the 2010 edition as they beat old enemy Australia by seven-wickets in the final at Bridgetown.
6) Subcontinental fiesta
The 2012 edition in Sri Lanka was the first time that the World T-20 caravan arrived in Asia.
Incidentally the 2010 and 2012 edition had the same 12 teams including qualifiers Ireland and Afghanistan!
The tournament was eventually won by the West Indies who defeated hosts Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the final at Colombo.
7) Lucky losers!
The West Indies quite astonishingly qualified for the Super-8 stages of the 2012 edition by not winning a single game in the group stages.
Despite a 17-run loss to Australia at Colombo and a rained-out game against Ireland at the same venue, Darren Sammy’s men edged out the Irish on better run-rate.
And they went on to win the tournament!
8) Semifinal Kings!
Pakistan is the only team to have reached four consecutive semi-finals in World T-20 thanks to their stellar run in the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 editions.
9) Full and final
The 2014 edition in Bangladesh (won by Sri Lanka) saw all ten full members play with the other six Associate nations.
10) Super Six!
Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis is the only bowler to register two six-wicket hauls in the history of World T-20 with his 6 for 16 and 6 for 8 (against Australia and Zimbabwe respectively) in the 2011-12 edition of the tournament.
Mendis’ performance against Zimbabwe is also the best ever registered by a bowler in World T-20 matches.