The month of October is exciting for the cricket fans as the eighth edition of the ICC T20 World Cup is well and truly underway in Australia.
With the Super 12 phase is upon us after the group stages, we take a look on what we need to know (such as FAQs and Trivia) about this adrenaline-filled competition where every ball counts.
Why there is a T20 World Cup when there is a Cricket World Cup?
Good question. With both of those tournaments form a part of limited-overs Cricket, the T20 is the shorter form, only using just 2/5 of the overs used in one-day internationals. That includes the Cricket World Cup.
Apart from the two, there is also a separate world championship for Test Cricket, in which New Zealand are the holders of it after defeating India by eight wickets in 2021.
How long are the T20 matches?
As the name implies, there are only twenty overs that a team’s innings will be used. In real time, they can only be played for a maximum of 3 hours.
The short form means that instead of the snooze-fest of tests, these matches will get them wide awake and, on their feet, as they will see the big bats hitting sixes out of the park.
In a format that is originally catered to entice fans who are turned off with long-form cricket, it was a masterstroke of genius, in which it was the most popular format of the sport today. If you need proof why T20 is exciting, look no further than the Indian Premier League.
Short history and winners
This year’s edition is the eighth T20 World Cup that took place with the hosts also defending their title they’ve won in 2021.
India were the first winners of the tournament that was held in South Africa in 2007, in which Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes against England is the highlight.
West Indies have won the most T20 WC’s with two (2012, 2016), with England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka taking home the trophy at least once.
What can we expect?
The biggest batsmen in cricket, including India skipper Rohit Sharma, have descended down under as we are set to see how far those white balls can go.
With every ball counts, expect them to play fearless and put us on edge, as every six, catch and stumps will make us yell for joy!