5 Iconic Moments in ICC T20 World Cup History
One of, if not the biggestevent in cricket is the ICC T20 World Cup. Organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the T20 World Cup features teams from around the world competing in the fast-paced and exciting format of Twenty20 cricket. The tournament takes place every two years, showcasing the best cricketing talent and providing thrilling matches for fans worldwide. Teams compete in a series of group stage matches, followed by knockout stages, culminating in a highly anticipated final.
The ICC T20 World Cup has gained immense popularity since its star in 2007, captivating audiences with its high-energy matches, big-hitting batsmen, and skilled bowlers. Since that year, there has been several incredible moments that occured in the World Cup and plenty of star performances. Like many tournaments, the T20 World Cup had its share of iconic moments over the years and these are some of them:
Chris Gayle’s Century in the Inaugural (2007)
In the opening match of the 2007 T20 World Cup, Chris Gayle, also known as Universe Boss, showcased an impressive performance by scoring a century against the South African team. Gayle, a left-handed batsman, began his innings by hitting a boundary on the very first ball of the tournament.
During his innings, Gayle played exceptionally well, scoring 117 runs off only 57 balls. He hit seven fours and ten sixes, displaying his power-hitting skills. Unfortunately, the rest of the West Indies team couldn’t contribute significantly, and they finished their innings with a total of 205/6 in the allotted 20 overs.
In response, the home team put up a strong fight and comfortably achieved the target in just 17.4 overs. Herschelle Gibbs, one of their batsmen, played outstandingly by remaining unbeaten on 90 runs, guiding his team to victory in the first match of the T20 World Cup.
Yuvraj Singh Six Sixes (2007)
In 2007, Yuvraj Singh, an underrated batsman at the time, achieved a remarkable feat in the world of cricket. During the super-eight stage of the 2007 World T20 in Durban, India chose to bat against England. By the end of the 16th over, India had a strong run rate of over 9 per over.
Yuvraj Singh then took charge and delivered an extraordinary performance. Inspired by comments from Andrew Flintoff before the penultimate over, Yuvraj faced pacer Stuart Broad and unleashed his power. In a display of incredible hitting, Yuvraj smashed six sixes in that over.
The first ball was launched to the cow corner, followed by the second ball disappearing over backward square leg. The third and fourth balls were hit over extra cover and point, respectively, while the fifth ball flew over midwicket. Finally, the sixth six landed in the stands at long-on. Yuvraj’s fifty off just 12 balls set a new record in all forms of international cricket.
This achievement by Yuvraj Singh added to the excitement of the 2007 cricket season, following Herschelle Gibbs’ six sixes in an earlier match. It solidified Yuvraj’s position as a powerful and dynamic player in the world of cricket.
Bowl out in Indo-Pak Clash (2007)
During the group stage of the 2007 T20 World Cup, an intense match unfolded between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. India batted first and set a target of 141 runs in their allotted 20 overs, with Robin Uthappa shining by scoring an impressive 50 runs.
In response, Pakistan struggled with their top-order batsmen failing to make significant contributions. However, veteran player Misbah-ul-Haq played a crucial knock of 50 runs for Pakistan. Despite his efforts, the match ended in a draw, leading to a bowl out to determine the winner.
Five players from each team took turns to bowl. For India, Virender Sehwag, Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, S Sreesanth, and Harbhajan Singh were chosen, while Pakistan opted for Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Asif, and Yasir Arafat. Among the Indian bowlers, Sehwag, Harbhajan, and Uthappa successfully hit the stumps. On the other hand, Arafat, Gul, and Afridi failed to hit the stumps for Pakistan.
This bowl-out marked a historic moment as it was the first and only bowl-out in the history of cricket. India emerged victorious in this thrilling contest, securing a memorable win over Pakistan.
Mohammad Aamir’s Over (2010)
During a Group A game between Australia and Pakistan in St. Lucia in 2010, an extraordinary and rare occurrence took place. Australia, after winning the toss, had a strong start and were comfortably positioned at 191 for 5 in the first 19 overs, thanks to gritty performances by Shane Watson, David Hussey, and David Warner. However, the game took a dramatic turn when Pakistan’s young pace bowler, Mohammad Aamir, took the ball to bowl his final over.
What followed would be etched in cricket history. In a remarkable feat, five wickets fell in a single over for the first time ever. In just six balls, Australia’s innings crumbled from 191 for 5 to 191 all out. Aamir played a pivotal role by taking three wickets, while the remaining two batsmen were run out in their attempt to score a bye.
This extraordinary turn of events occurred in the 20th over bowled by Mohammad Aamir, leaving a lasting impact on the game. The collapse of the Australian batting order and the rare achievement of five wickets falling in a single over showcased the unpredictable and thrilling nature of cricket.
West Indies Celebration (2012)
West Indies, a country with a rich cricketing history, faced a challenging period of transition after dominating the game in its early years. They experienced a lengthy absence from the World Cup finals since their victory in 1979. However, after 33 years, they made an impressive comeback by reaching the finals of the 2012 World T20 held in Sri Lanka.
The West Indies team gained immense popularity during the tournament due to their unique style of celebration, which resonated with the fans. Chris Gayle, the team’s opener, not only played a crucial role in leading the team to the finals but also took charge of being the celebration maestro. Gayle’s demonstration of the dance step from the Korean song “Gangnam Style” by Psy turned it into a massive hit and became synonymous with their celebrations.
In the final match against the home team, Sri Lanka, the West Indies team saved their best for last. After securing victory, the entire team came together, aligning themselves to perform their famous dance move. Denesh Ramdin, the wicketkeeper, even delighted the crowd by cartwheeling in jubilation. The players celebrated with boundless enthusiasm to the beats of the Gangnam Style song, which echoed throughout the stadium.
During the trophy presentation, as the team posed for a photograph with the well-deserved trophy, Gayle stood out by performing a series of push-ups in front of his teammates, eliciting cheers and applause from his fellow players. In summary, the West Indies emerged triumphant in the tournament, spreading joy and happiness across the world with their infectious celebrations.
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