The T20 World Cup is set to begin on October 17, 2021. Oman will take on Papua New Guinea in the first match of the season. It is tipped to be a thrilling contest as all the top teams will battle for the auspicious World Cup trophy. As the tournament is on the cards let’s have a look at some unknown facts about ICC World T20.
What are some unknown facts about ICC World T20?
#1 – Most Runs by any Batsman (In a Single Event):
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has scored the most number of runs in a single T20 World Cup season. Kohli scored 319 runs in the 2014 T20 World Cup at Dhaka.
#2 – Highest Opening Stand:
Windies openers Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith hold the record of 145-run partnership for the 1st wicket. Gayle and Smith achieved the against South Africa.
#3 – Most Ducks in World T20 Matches:
Pakistani veteran Shahid Afridi holds the infamous world for scoring most ducks in the T20 World Cup. He got out on a duck five times in his T20 World Cup.
#4 – Batsmen with 100s in T20 World Cup Match:
Only 5 batsmen have managed to score a century in T20 World Cup. The following batsmen are Chris Gayle, Ahmed Shehzad, Suresh Raina, Mahela Jayawardene, and Alex Hales.
#5 – Highest Team Total:
Sri Lanka’s score of 260/6 against Kenya is the highest score ever scored by any team in the World T20 championship. Sri Lanka achieved this feat in the inaugural 2007 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup.
#6 – Most Sixes:
West Indian legend Chris Gayle holds the world record for hitting the most sixes (43) in T20 World Cup.
#7 – First Batsman To Score 6 Sixes In 6 Balls:
In the inaugural edition of World T20 which was held in 2007, Indian southpaw Yuvraj Singh became the first batsman to hit 6 sixes in 6 balls in the T20i World Cup.
#8 – Best Bowling:
Sri Lankan off-spinner Ajantha Mendis accomplished an astonishing feat of 6 for 8 in a T20 World Cup match against Zimbabwe in 2012. This is still the best bowling figure in the tournament until now.
#9 – Fastest Fifty:
Yuvraj Singh holds the record for the fastest half-century in the T20 World Cup. In 2007, Yuvraj scored 50 in just 12 deliveries. The following record is yet to be broken.
#10 – First Hat-Trick:
Australian pacer Brett Lee was the first bowler to clinch a hat-trick in the T20 World Cup. He bagged the hattrick against Bangladesh in the 2007 T20 World Cup.