Sports have always been something that fascinates people. People may not be directly involved in the game, but always their attention is directed toward it. Sports give them a break from the troubles of reality and make them more focused and concentrated on their goal. One of the most breath-taking sports of all time is cricket. Among different sports, cricket is the second most liked sport globally, with more than 2.5 billion followers. England, India, Pakistan, and Australia are some countries in which cricket is the most popular game.
Since time immemorial, people have always been obsessed with cricket. Who in the world is not crazy about the T20 World Cup? During the world cup, even the busiest people take time from their hectic schedules to watch the match. T20 World Cup is the most entertaining form of cricket to people. No matter where they are, and the time, cricket fans can make time to watch the T20 World Cup. Stay tuned to this article to know more exciting and lesser-known facts about T20 cricket.
Interesting Facts about T20 Cricket
First-ever World Cup: The first-ever World Cup was held in 2007 and was staged in South Africa. India won it and defeated Pakistan in the final at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Bowl quick, or you will lose runs: Many people are unaware of the T20 format; if any team fails to bowl 20 overs within 75 minutes, then six runs will be deducted from their final score.
Duck Record: No cricketer in his life would want to hold this record. It is a cricketer’s nightmare. Shahid Afridi of Pakistan holds an unlucky record of getting out without scoring any runs, the maximum number of times in T20 games. He has been called out for a duck five times.
Highest total made by a team: Sri Lanka made an excellent record of scoring the highest total in a World T20 game. They successfully managed to get 260 runs for six wickets against Kenya in the tournament’s inaugural edition. Australia has secured the second-best spot with 248 runs for 6 doors on the board.
First hat trick of wickets: Australian fast bowler Brett Lee made an exceptional record of having the first hat trick of wickets taken in World Cup T20. He made these three wickets against the Bangladesh team in the World T20 2007.
Fastest 50: Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh holds an incredible record of making the fastest 50 in the World T20. He successfully scored 50 runs in just 12 balls while playing against England in World T20 2007.
Best bowling figure: World acknowledged Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis as the best bowling figure in the T20 game. He made 6 wickets in just 8 runs against Zimbabwe in 2012.
Highest partnership for opening wicket: Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith hold an exceptional record of the highest partnership for opening wickets against South Africa in the T20 World Cup. They scored 145 runs together for the first wicket partnership.
Highest individual score: Australian cricketer Aaron Finch is the highest individual scorer in T20 cricket. He made an outstanding record of 156 runs in just 63 balls against England in 2013.
Lowest team score: The most unwanted record in T20 cricket was made by Turkey against the Czech Republic on 30 August 2019. They scored only 21 in the whole match.
Fastest century: Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle made an outstanding record of scoring the fastest century in the T20 World Cup. He scored 100 runs in just 48 balls while playing a match against England in 2016. Also, in 2007 he made another century while playing against South Africa in 57 balls.
6 sixes in an over: It seems an extremely rare thing for a cricketer to achieve in a match. However, this incredible record was made by Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh in T20 World Cup in 2007. He became the first cricketer to score 6 sixes in an over.
Most Runs: Mahela Jayawardene is regarded as the best run-scorer. He scored 1016 runs in the T20 World Cup matches, making him the most run-scorer in T20 World Cup. He achieved this in 31 games with an average of 39.07 runs.
Most Wickets: Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi made an excellent record of the most wicket-taker in the T20 World Cup. He took 39 wickets in just 34 matches with an average of 23.25.
Most Dismissals: Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the world’s most talented batsmen and wicket-keepers. He holds the record for most dismissals in T20 World Cup, which is around 22. He is the only wicketkeeper to have made more than 100 international stumpings.
Captain In Every Game: You might be astonished to know that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only player in the world of T20 history to captain a team in every game and every edition, which is 33 matches. He became the Indian cricket team captain from 2007 to 2017 and in test cricket from 2008 to 2014.
Most wins and most losses: Combining all the records of the T20 matches, Sri Lanka has made the most number of wins, that is 22, whereas the Bangladesh team has the most number of losses which is 19. Sri Lanka is also the first team to play in three finals and won just one T20 World Cup in 2014, beating India.
First World Cup won: The first-ever World Cup was held in 2007 where India played exceptionally and defeated Pakistan in the final and won the first-ever 2007 T20 World Cup.
Most runs by any batsman: Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has made an outstanding record for the most runs in a single T20 World Cup season. Kohli scored around 319 runs in the 2014 t20 World Cup held at Dhaka.
Most sixes: West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle holds the world record for hitting the most sixes in T20 World Cup. He scored 43 sixes in total T20 matches.
Highest woman run-scorer: New Zealand player Suzie Bates is the current leading run-scorer in women’s international T20 matches. She has amassed 3,344 runs since 2007.
Fastest Woman Bowler: People recognized Cathryn Lorraine Fitzpatrick as the world’s fastest female bowler, and she became the first woman to take 100 One Day International wickets.
First-ever century made by a woman: The first century in a Women T20 International match was scored by Deandra Dottin of West Indies. She scored 112 not out against South Africa in the opening match of the 2010 ICC Women’s World T20 at Warner Park in Basseterre.
Cricket has been entering the hearts of millions of people with its fame and popularity. People of all age groups are fond of this game. This sport provides us with knowledge of the importance of patience, endurance, discipline, and balance. These things are crucial as they will help you face different critical situations. By reading this article, you might have learned little about T20 cricket.
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