While the tournament gathers steam leading up to the high-octane India vs Pakistan clash on October 23, here are some very interesting facts and trivia about the T20 World Cup, which is the biggest stage in the shortest format of the sport.
((All statistics in this article are updated till the last edition of the T20 World Cup in 2021))
Australia can create history: Hosts Australia have the rare chance of becoming the first team to successfully defend their T20 World Cup crown.
Two-time champions: The West Indies are the only team to have won the T20 World Cup two times – in 2012 and 2016.
Players to have played in all seven T20 World Cups so far: Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim are the six players who have featured in all seven T20 World Cups held till date.
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Most appearances in the final: Sri Lanka is the team to have reached the final of a T20 World Cup the most times. They have played three finals so far (2009, 2012, 2014), winning the title once, when they defeated India in the summit clash of the 2014 edition.
Fastest 50: The mention of the fastest half-century in a T20 World Cup straight away brings back the memory of six sixes in a Stuart Broad over hit by Yuvraj Singh, who still holds the record for the fastest fifty that he scored in the same innings against England in the inaugural edition in 2007.
Fastest 100: This record stands in the name of West Indies opener Chris Gayle, who notched up a hundred off just 48 balls against England in a Super 10 Group 1 match in the 2016 edition.
Chris Gayle: Only batsman to have scored two T20 World Cup centuries (117 off 57 balls vs SA in 2007 & 100* off 48 balls vs Eng in 2016)
Biggest win by runs: Sri Lanka scored a mammoth 260/6 in 2007 against Kenya and then went on to dismiss the opponents for just 88 runs to register a huge 172-run victory.
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Most runs overall: Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene — 1016 runs in 31 matches
Most runs in a single edition: Former India captain Virat Kohli — 319 runs in six matches in the 2014 edition
Most wickets overall: Former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan — 41 wickets in 31 matches
Most wickets in a single edition: Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga — 16 wickets in 8 matches in the 2021 edition
Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper overall: Former India captain MS Dhoni – 32 dismissals (21 catches and 11 stumpings)
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Highest Team Total: 260/6 by Sri Lanka vs Kenya in 2007
Lowest Team Total: 39 by Netherlands vs Sri Lanka in 2014.