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The ICC World T20 has always carved its own importance in the midst of various T20s all round the year. Bharath Seervi dwells into some interesting facts and figures of the T20 World Cup.
The third format of International Cricket — Twenty20 — was introduced in the season 2005. Soon, in the next 2 years of time, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the World T20 Championship. It was scheduled to be held every 2 years. The 3rd edition, in 2010, was hosted within one year as ICC World Cup [of ODIs] was to be held in 2011.
ICC World T20 has been a 12-team tournament which is divided into four groups of three teams each. The fifth edition, unlike the previous four editions, is hosting 16 teams. The top eight teams are qualified directly whereas 2 more teams will be added to the respective groups after winning the qualifiers.
ICC World T20 Champions:
Inaugural ICC World T20 was held in South Africa in 2007 which was won by India. Next three editions were hosted by England, West Indies and Sri Lanka and the winners were Pakistan, England and West Indies respectively.
|Year||Host||Winner & Captain||Runner-up|
|2007||South Africa||India (MS Dhoni)||Pakistan|
|2009||England||Pakistan (Younis Khan)||Sri Lanka|
|2010||West Indies||England (Paul Collingwood)||Australia|
|2012||Sri Lanka||West Indies (Darren Sammy)||Sri Lanka|
ICC World T20 Finals:
|Edition||Date||Venue||Winner||Runner-up||Margin||Man of the Match|
|1||24-Sep-07||Johannesburg||India||Pakistan||5 runs||Irfan Pathan|
|2||21-Jun-09||Lord’s||Pakistan||Sri Lanka||8 wickets||Shahid Afridi|
|3||16-May-10||Bridgetown||England||Australia||7 wickets||Craig Kieswetter|
|4||7-Oct-12||Colombo (RPS)||West Indies||Sri Lanka||36 runs||Marlon Samuels|
The table below shows how the top 8 teams have fared in the tournament so far.
Team positions in each edition of ICC World T20:
Pakistan has been the most consistent team in ICC World T20. They are the only team to qualify for semi-finals in each of the four editions with winning once and being runner-ups once. Sri Lanka has managed to reach the semi-finals in last three editions, ending up as runner-ups twice.
India (2007), South Africa (2009) and New Zealand (2007) could move to Semi-Finals stage only once in the 4 editions. India became the champions when they did so, while South Africa and New Zealand ended up as the semi-finalists.
|Pakistan||Runner-Up||Champions||Semi Finals||Semi Finals|
|Sri Lanka||Super 8||Runner-Up||Semi Finals||Runner-Up|
|England||Super 8||Super 8||Champions||Super 8|
|India||Champions||Super 8||Super 8||Super 8|
|Australia||Semi Finals||1st Round||Runner-Up||Semi Finals|
|New Zealand||Semi Finals||Super 8||Super 8||Super 8|
|South Africa||Super 8||Semi Finals||Super 8||Super 8|
|West Indies||1st Round||Semi Finals||Super 8||Champions|
Player of the Tournaments:
Only Kevin Pietersen’s team won the trophy.
|2007||Shahid Afridi (Pak)||7||91||15.16||12||14||2|
|2009||Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)||7||317||52.83||-||-||3|
|2010||Kevin Pietersen (Eng)||6||248||62||-||-||3|
|2012||Shane Watson (Aus)||6||249||49.8||11||13||3|
a) Leading Run-getters:
Mahela Jayawardene is the highest run-getter in ICC World T20. He has scored 858 runs in 25 innings at average of 40.85 and strike rate of 136.62. His tally also included 1 100 and 5 50s. He has scored at least 150 runs in each of the 4 editions — 159 in 1st, 154 in 2nd, 302 in 3rd and 243 in the 4th.
Other batsmen to aggregate 500-plus runs in ICC World T20 are Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Kevin Pietersen, Brendon McCullum and Gautam Gambhir. Among these, Gambhir and Pietersen aren’t part of the 2013-14 edition of ICC World T20.
|858||Mahela Jayawardene (SL)||25||40.85||136.62||1||5||100|
|664||Chris Gayle (WI)||17||44.26||152.29||1||6||117|
|632||Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)||24||30.09||128.97||0||4||96*|
|590||Kumar Sangakkara (SL)||25||26.81||113.89||0||3||68|
|580||Kevin Pietersen (Eng)||15||44.61||148.33||0||4||79|
|552||Brendon McCullum (NZ)||21||29.05||126.6||1||1||123|
|524||Gautam Gambhir (India)||20||26.2||118.01||0||4||75|
b) Leading run-getters of each edition:
In all the 4 editions, the leading run-getter’s team did not win the title. In fact, only Dilshan’s team (2009) reached finals.
|1st||265||Matthew Hayden (Aus)||6||88.33||144.8||0||4||73*|
|2nd||317||Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)||7||52.83||144.74||0||3||96*|
|3rd||302||Mahela Jayawardene (SL)||6||60.4||159.78||1||2||100|
|4th||249||Shane Watson (Aus)||6||49.8||150||0||3||72|
Batsmen with most number of Ducks: 5 Shahid Afridi, 4 Jayasuriya, L Wright, Dilshan
c) Highest Average & Strike-Rate:
Rohit Sharma leads the table of highest batting average in ICC World T20 for a minimum cut-off of 10 innings. He aggregates 385 runs in 14 innings (with 7 not outs) for India in the tournament. He just pushes down Michael Hussey who has an average of 54.62. To be noted that without any cut-off, Matthew Hayden has the highest average of 83.33 in the tournament but he batted only six innings (all in the first edition).
The batsman with highest batting strike rate with a minimum cut-off of 175 balls faced is Chris Gayle. He is just ahead of Imran Nazir (150.00).
Best Averages (Min 10 inns) I Best Strike Rates (Min 175 balls)
|55||Rohit Sharma (Ind)||14||152.29||Chris Gayle (WI)||436|
|54.62||Mike Hussey (Aus)||16||150||Imran Nazir (Pak)||200|
|46.66||Umar Akmal (Pak)||10||148.33||Kevin Pietersen (Eng)||391|
|44.61||Kevin Pietersen (Eng)||15||147.52||Shahid Afridi (Pak)||263|
|44.26||Chris Gayle (WI)||17||144.8||Matthew Hayden (Aus)||183|
d) Most fours and Sixes:
|Most sixes||Most fours|
|43||Chris Gayle (WI)||17||91||Mahela Jayawardene (SL)||25|
|27||Shane Watson (Aus)||15||75||Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)||17|
|27||Yuvraj Singh (Ind)||19||62||Brendon McCullum (NZ)||21|
|22||Mahela Jayawardene (SL)||25||61||Gautam Gambhir (Ind)||20|
|21||Luke Wright (Eng)||20||60||Kevin Pietersen (Eng)||15|
Most fours in an innings: 14 by Herschelle Gibbs in his 90* vs West Indies in the inaugural match of ICC World T20.
Most sixes in an innings: 10 by Chris Gayle in his 117 vs South Africa in the inaugural match of ICC World T20.
e) Highest Individual scores:
|123||Brendon McCullum (NZ)||58||11||7||Ban||Pallekele||21-Sep-12|
|117||Chris Gayle (WI)||57||7||10||SA||Johannesburg||11-Sep-07|
|101||Suresh Raina (Ind)||60||9||5||SA||Gros Islet||2-May-10|
|100||Mahela Jayawardene (SL)||64||10||4||Zim||Providence||03-May-10|
f) Scores of 90s:
|99*||Luke Wright (Eng)||55||8||6||Afgghanistan||Colombo (RPS)||21-Sep-12|
|98*||Mahela Jayawarden (SL)||56||9||4||West Indies||Bridgetown||7-May-10|
|98||Chris Gayle (WI)||66||5||7||India||Bridgetown||9-May-10|
|96*||Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)||57||12||2||West Indies||The Oval||19-Jun-09|
|90*||Herschelle Gibbs (SA)||55||14||2||West Indies||Johannesburg||11-Sep-07|
a) Leading Wicket Takers:
Lasith Malinga leads the table of most wickets in ICC World T20. He has taken 33 wickets in 25 matches. Saeed Ajmal is next with 32 wickets, but only in 19 matches. Ajantha Mendis took 31 wickets in 18 matches and finds himself 3rd in the list of most wickets in the tournament.
|W||Bowler||M||Avg||Eco||S/R||4 for||5 for||Best|
|33||Lasith Malinga (SL)||25||19.78||7.71||15.3||0||1||31-May|
|32||Saeed Ajmal (Pak)||19||15.46||6.65||13.9||3||0||19-Apr|
|31||Ajantha Mendis (SL)||18||13.48||6.14||13.1||1||1||8-Jun|
|31||Shahid Afridi (Pak)||26||22.25||6.63||20.1||2||0||11-Apr|
|29||Umar Gul (Pak)||20||16.58||6.95||14.3||1||1||6-May|
b) Best Average, Strike Rate and Economy Rates
Ajantha Mendis has the best bowling average and bowling strike rates for a minimum cut-off of 250 balls while Daniel Vettori’s economy rate of 5.83 is the best among all.
|Best Bowling Avg||Best Bowling Strike Rates||Best Economy Rates|
|13.48||Ajantha Mendis (SL)||13.1||Ajantha Mendis (SL)||5.83||Daniel Vettori (NZ)|
|15.46||Saeed Ajmal (Pak)||13.9||Saeed Ajmal (Pak)||6.1||Nathan McCullum (NZ)|
|16.27||Graeme Swann (Eng)||14.3||Umar Gul (Pak)||6.14||Ajantha Mendis (SL)|
|16.58||Umar Gul (Pak)||15||Graeme Swann (Eng)||6.17||Dale Steyn (SA)|
|16.86||Morne Morkel (SA)||15.1||Morne Morkel (SA)||6.31||Angelo Mathews (SL)|
c) Best Bowling Figures:
|6/8||4||Ajantha Mendis (SL)||Zimbabwe||Hambantota||18-Sep-12|
|5/6||3||Umar Gul (Pak)||New Zealand||The Oval||13-Jun-09|
|5/31||4||Lasith Malinga (SL)||England||Pallekele||1-Oct-12|
Most 4-wicket hauls:
3 Saeed Ajmal , 2 Morne Morkel, Ajantha Mendis, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi
Most Maiden Overs:
4 — Harbhajan Singh, 3 — Dilhara Fernando, Ajantha Mendis
a) Highest Inning Totals:
Sri Lanka scored 260 for six in 50 overs against Kenya in the first edition of ICC World T20. It is the highest in the tournament and highest in T20 Internationals overall. South Africa chased down the total of 205 for six by West Indies in the inaugural match of ICC World T20 in 2007. It is the highest target chased in the tournament so far.
|211/5 #||South Africa||Scotland||The Oval||7-Jun-09||Won|
|208/2||South Africa||West Indies||Johannesburg||11-Sep-07||Won|
|205/6||West Indies||South Africa||Johannesburg||11-Sep-07||Lost|
# While chasing, South Africa achieved the target in 17.4 overs.
Lowest Inning Totals:
Ireland has been dismissed for the lowest total in the tournament — 68. Lowest total by a Test playing nation is 80 by England against India in 2012. None of the below totals resulted in victory for the team.
Lowest target defended: 128/7 by South Africa against West Indies in 2009. South Africa had won by 1 run.
c) Victories by 1 run:
|India||152/6||South Africa||151/10||Colombo (RPS)||2-Oct-12|
|South Africa||128/7||New Zealand||127/5||Lord’s||9-Jun-09|
Wicketkeeping and Fielding:
|24||8||16||Kamran Akmal (Pak)||26|
|23||10||13||Kumar Sangakkara (SL)||25|
|18||16||2||Denesh Ramdin (WI)||18|
|18||14||4||MS Dhoni (Ind)||21|
|16||15||1||Mark Boucher (SA)||16|
b) Most catches by a Fielder:
|16||AB de Villiers (SA)||16|
|14||David Warner (Aus)||15|
|13||Ross Taylor (NZ)||19|
|12||Mike Hussey (Aus)||12|
Trivia and Miscellaneous Stats:
Only one match was brought to a result after being tied by bowl-out in ICC World T20 – India vs Pakistan in the inaugural edition. India won the bowl-out by 3-0.
(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)
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