T20 World Cup Winner List: Cricket is one of the most fascinating sports across the world which has reshaped and redefined its formats over time. The latest and shortest form of the game is the noble T-20 format. The T-20 Format of cricket had its inception in the year 2006. The first major T20 championship was the ICC T20 World Cup which was held in 2007.
Since the inaugural T-20 World Cup, the format has gained significant importance and popularity. The T-20 World Cup is now held in a span of every two or three years. The current T-20 World Cup is scheduled to start this month in the United Arabs Emirates.
T20 World Cup Winner List
Here is the list of the winners:
Host- South Africa
India has crowned the champions at the maiden T-20 World Cup that was held in South Africa. India emerged victorious under the able captaincy of legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The Final of the T-20 World cup witnessed a battle between the two arch-rivals, India and Pakistan. India defeated Pakistan by the narrowest margin of 5 runs to lift the first T-20 World Cup.
Irfan Pathan was the Man of the Match in the Final whereas young stars like Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, and Robin Uthappa contributed magnificently to help India through. Bowlers Sreesanth, Joginder Sharma, Irfan Pathan, and Harbhajan Singh also made their valuable contribution to the world cup triumph for India.
The second edition of the ICC T-20 World Cup was held a couple of years later at the home of cricket England. The top teams participated to lift the prestigious title. Pakistan registered a thumping victory over Sri Lanka to lift their first-ever T-20 World Cup title.
Pakistan had one of the best T-20 playing sides that included explosive batsmen like Mohammed Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, and fierce bowlers like Saeed Ajmal and Mohammed Amir. Pakistan team was led by star all-rounder Shahid Afridi who played a crucial role in their victory. Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in a comfortable chase at the Lord’s Stadium in England.
Host- West Indies
The tremendous popularity of the T-20 World Cup led the ICC to conduct it in two consecutive years. After the 2009 T-20 World Cup in England, West Indies readily agreed to host the T-20 World Cup in 2010.
The England Cricket team broke all the barriers to lift their first-ever ICC Title. England defeated Australia in the Finals to pave their way to win the third edition of the T-20 World Cup. England starred stellar talent including Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, and Paul Collingwood.
Collingwood led the successful England team to win the prestigious title. The Final match was almost a one-sided encounter as England sealed a victory quite comfortably by seven wickets and three overs remaining.
2012: West Indies
Host- Sri Lanka
West Indies is the most successful T-20 playing nation in the world. After the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in 2011, the ICC announced another T-20 World Cup that was scheduled to take place in 2012. Sri Lanka won the complete hosting rights as the island nation was set to host the complete tournament.
West Indies performed scintillatingly to win their first-ever T-20 World Cup. West Indies won a major ICC event after 33 years. Under the captaincy of Jamaican All-Rounder Darren Sammy, West Indies defeated the hosts, Sri Lanka, in a thrilling final at Colombo. The thundered players in West Indies who took the team through were Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, and Marlon Samuels.
2014: Sri Lanka
The 2013 ICC Champions Trophy concluded successfully in England where the ICC announced another T-20 World Cup that was scheduled to take place in 2014. In another breakthrough for the Indian subcontinent, Bangladesh won the hosting rights for the entire tournament.
All the teams were in form but the cards were turned in favor of a new winner. Sri Lankan Cricket Team was successful in turning all the odds and bagging their first-ever T-20 World Cup Title. In a much anticipated final, Sri Lanka faced a tough challenge from India who eventually put in tough resistance.
With the help of star performers Mahela Jayawardene, Thisara Perera, and Nuwan Kulasekara, Sri Lanka managed to overcome the Indian challenge and win a major ICC event after 18 years.
2016: West Indies
After the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, the ICC in a bold move organized another T-20 World Cup in consultation with the Board of Cricket Control for India before the 2017 Champions Trophy.
India agreed to host the T-20 World Cup as three consecutive T-20 World Cups were held in the subcontinent. In one of the most entertaining and nail-biting finishes, West Indies defeated England to lift their second T-20 World Cup title in four years.
In a last-over finish where the winners needed 23 runs, Carlos Braithwaite smashed four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to take his team through. Darren Sammy was the captain of the West Indies team who subsequently became the first captain to win the T-20 World Cup twice.
The seventh edition of the ICC T-20 World Cup was scheduled to take place in Australia as it won the hosting rights in 2018. The T-20 World Cup in Australia was called off due to the global impact of the novel Coronavirus pandemic of 2020-21.
Host: United Arabs Emirates
The ICC T-20 World Cup 2021 was initially scheduled to take place in India but due to the spread of Covid-19 disease in the subcontinent, the tournament got shifted to the United Arabs Emirates. The T-20 World Cup is set to commence from 17th October 2021.
India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a Super 10 match on 24th October 2021. The top eight teams including the hosts India, Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand, and Afghanistan have made it into the Super 10.
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