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T20 World Cup: Rise in Cricket Entertainment

by Ravi Sharma

T20 world cup is an international cricket tournament that is held every two years. It is a 20-over-a-side, team format with two innings per match. The tournaments were introduced in 2003 and are organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ensure that all Test playing nations play each other frequently enough to maintain the balance of power between them.

It is usually contested among teams representing ICC members as well as associate members of the ICC.

How did the T20 world cup start?

ICC started the T20 world cup to ensure that all Test playing nations play each other frequently enough to maintain the balance of power between them. The introduction of the Twenty20 format was seen as a way of making the more popular cricketing nations, such as Australia and England more competitive against the cricketing minnows by giving any team that played against them a better chance of victory. The first tournament was held in 2007. It was contested in South Africa and won by India, which defeated Pakistan by five runs in the final.

It is planned to continue this tournament considering its success and popularity from people around the world and also it will enhance our international cricket.

ICC getting benefits from world cup

ICC made the T20 world cup a very successful tournament. For example, in 2007 world cup the T20 world cup got a lot of media coverage and therefore ICC was able to make some good money by taking advertisements on TV channels.

ICC is getting lots of benefits by making this T20 tournament a success and they are also planning to make it more successful. So the people in our country are also getting benefitted by watching T20 Cricket on Television which includes people from Pakistan, India and other countries too.

ICC organizing world cup

ICC then plans to organize another T20 world cup in two years time and as per their records. There is a great demand for advertisement and sponsorship by big companies for t20 cricket tournaments.

Previous Champions of the tournament

2007 South Africa India Pakistan 5 runs
2009 England Pakistan Sri Lanka 8 wickets
2010 West Indies England Australia 7 wickets
2012 Sri Lanka West Indies Sri Lanka 36 runs
2014 Bangladesh Sri Lanka India 6 wickets
2016 India West Indies England 4 wickets
2021 UAE, Oman Australia New Zealand 8 wickets


Format of world cup

The T20 world cup is played with 20 overs a side and two innings per match. There are usually two groups of four teams, with each team playing five matches at home and five matches away. A team wins the world cup by winning all their matches, or drawing all their matches, or losing one match.

Records of  T20 World cup

T20 World Cup records

Highest runs Mahela Jayawardene 1,016 (2007–2014)
Best average (min. 10 inns.) Virat Kohli 76.81 (2012–2021)
Highest single innings score Brendon McCullum v Bangladesh 123 (2012)
Biggest partnership Mahela Jayawardene & Kumar Sangakara

(2nd wicket) v West Indies

166 (2010)
Highest runs in a tournament Virat Kohli 319 (2014)
Most hundreds Chris Gayle 2 (2007–2021)


Highest wickets Shakib Al Hasan 41 (2007–2021)
Best bowling average (min. 250 balls bowled) Samuel Badree 13.58 (2012–2016)
Highest strike rate (min. 250 balls bowled) Ajantha Mendis 13.4 (2009–2014)
Best economy rate (min. 250 balls bowled) Sunil Narine 5.17 (2012–2014)
Best bowling figures Ajantha Mendis v Zimbabwe 6/8 (2012)
Highest wickets in a single tournament Wanindu Hasaranga 16 (2021)


Most dismissals (wicket-keeper) MS Dhoni 32 (2007–2016)
Most catches (fielder) AB De Villiers 23 (2007–2016)
Highest team total Sri Lanka (v Kenya) 260/6 (2007)
Lowest team total Netherlands (v Sri Lanka) 39 (2014)
Highest win % (min. 5 matches played) Sri Lanka 63.95% (played 43, won 27) (2007–2021)
Largest victory (by runs) Sri Lanka (v Kenya) 172 (2007)
Highest match aggregate England v South Africa 459-12 (2016)
Lowest match aggregate Netherlands v Sri Lanka 79-11 (2014)


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