The T20 World Cup is scheduled to get underway in Australia in October, and over the last 13 years, the competition has produced some unbelievable moments. The shortest format of the game is regarded as the most exciting, with brilliant bowling, powerful hitting and athletic fielding all on show. So, ahead of this year’s competition, we’ve decided to take a look at the most memorable moments in T20 World Cup history.
Yuvraj Singh's six sixes - 2007
Yuvraj Singh took Stuart Broad to the cleaners in 2007, hitting a historic six consecutive sixes in one over. It’s hardly seen in the game at any level, so do to it on the world stage was outrageous.
Brathwaite breaks England hearts - 2016
England were in pole position to lift a second T20 World Cup in 2016, with the West Indies needing 19 off the final over. Carlos Brathwaite announced himself on the world stage in India by hitting four sixes off Stokes’ bowling to seal one of the most dramatic endings cricket has ever seen.
Gul's 5/6 against New Zealand - 2009
Umar Gul starred for Pakistan during their 2009 triumph in England, and his most memorable spell came in the Super 8 stage against New Zealand. The fast bowler stunned the Black Caps by taking five wickets for just six runs!
Gayle hits Lee for 27 in one over - 2009
Brett Lee has rightly gone down as one of the most feared fast bowlers in history, but Chris Gayle took the Australian to the cleaners in 2009! The opener smashed 27 runs off one of Lee’s overs as the West Indies chased down a big total with ease.
Hussey's heroics - 2010
Australia were all but out of the 2010 World Cup against Pakistan in the semi-finals and needed 18 runs from the final over with just three wickets remaining. However, Mike Hussey had ice in his veins and smashed sixes galore to steer the Aussies into the final.
Hales' historic century - 2014
Alex Hales became the first England player to score a T20 century in the 2014 World Cup. Chasing down 190 against Sri Lanka, Hales and Eoin Morgan led England’s recovery from 0/2 with two magnificent knocks. Hales showed no nerves by smashing a six to bring up three figures and another to seal the win, ending on 116 not out.
Colombo comeback - 2012
If it wasn’t for Marlon Samuels, then the West Indies wouldn’t have won the T20 World Cup. His 78 helped his country to a total of 137 against Sri Lanka in the final after an extremely slow start, but the hosts were in full control in Colombo. However, a spirited display with the ball from the West Indies completed a sensational turnaround and left Sri Lanka stunned.
Rise of Afghanistan - 2016
Afghanistan gave scares to Sri Lanka, South Africa and England in the 2016 World Cup, and they topped off an impressive tournament by defeating the West Indies, who famously went on to lift the trophy in India. It was a real shock and proved to everyone around the world that Afghanistan weren’t just there to make the numbers up.
England and South Africa's run fest - 2016
England were thumped by the West Indies in their 2016 opener and were staring down the barrel of another heavy defeat after they conceded 229 runs against South Africa. However, they produced a memorable chase to get their World T20 campaign back on track, with Joe Root and Jason Roy starring with the bat.
Mendis' 6/8 - 2012
Sri Lanka have produced some brilliant spinners over the years and Ajantha Mendis put in a record-breaking bowling display against Zimbabwe in 2012. He took six wickets for just eight runs in his four-over spell, which to this day, remains the best figures in T20 World Cup history.
Herath's 5/3 - 2014
It was Rangana Herath’s turn to steal the headlines two years on from Mendis’ magic. The left-arm spinner took five wickets for just three runs against New Zealand, and that spell remains the second-best bowling performance in the competition.