ICC T20 World Cup is the most entertaining form of cricket. The T20 World Cup takes place after every two years. The T20 World Cup was scheduled to take place in 2020 but due to COVID-19 it has been postponed to 2021 with its host changed to India. No matter how much we love cricket there are certain news and facts that always manage to skip our attention.
Here is the list of 9 interesting and lesser-known facts about the T20 World Cup:
1. Fastest Century – Chris Gayle
Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle who is regarded as the best cricketer of all the time is first in the list of T20 world cup facts. In 2016 Chris Gayle scored his fastest century in the T20 world cup when he was playing against England in just 48 balls.
In 2007 when Chris Gayle was playing against South Africa he made another century in just 57 balls.
2. Fastest 50 – Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh holds the record of making the fastest 50 in the T20 World cup. He scored 50 runs in just 12 balls in 2007 when he was playing against England.
Bonus T20 world cup fact – Also in 2007, Yuvraj Singh became the first player in T20 WC to hit six sixes in an over.
3. Most Runs – Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene scored 1016 runs in all editions, making him the most run-scorer in the T20 WC. He achieved this feat in 31 matches with an average of 39.07.
4. Most Wickets – Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi holds the record of most wicket-taker in the T20 WC. He has taken 39 wickets in just 34 matches with an average of 23.25.
5. Most Dismissals – Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the most talented batsman and wicket-keeper. The record for most dismissals in the T20 WC is held by MS Dhoni which is 32. He is the only wicketkeeper to have inflicted 100 international stumpings in his career.
6. Captain in Every Game – MS Dhoni
Another interesting T20 world cup fact – Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only player in the world of T20 history to captain a team in every game and in every edition – 33 matches. Dhoni captained the Indian team in limited over format from 2007 to 2017 and in test cricket from 2008 to 2014.
7. Highest Totals – Sri Lanka
The highest total 260/6 in the T20 WC was scored by Sri Lanka against Kenya. Where Kenya made just 88 runs in total. Sri Lanka won that match by 172 runs in 2007.
8. Most Win and Loss
Combining all the records, Sri Lanka has the most number of wins – 22. Bangladesh has the most number of losses – 19.
Sri Lanka is the first team to play in three finals and won just one T20 World Cup in 2014 beating India.
9. Australia Lost
Australia lost to Zimbabwe in their opening match in the 2007 edition of the T20 World Cup.
Australia has played in only one final match which was against England in 2010.
Which country won the first T20 World Cup?
The first tournament was held in 2007. Where India defeated Pakistan in the final and won the first 2007 T20 World Cup.
When will the next Twenty20 World Cup be held?
The Twenty20 world cup is scheduled to be played in India between October and November in 2021. Australia will host the 2022 edition.
Who is the most successful team in the T20 World Cup?
The West Indies who hold two titles is currently the most successful team in T20 World Cup.
How many T20 tournaments have been played so far?
Six tournaments of the T20 World cup have been played so far.
These were some of the interesting & lesser-known facts about the T20 World Cup.