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Top Five Moments of the T-20 World Cup History

From India, Pakistan, England to West Indies (2-Times), Sri-Lanka all have won the T-20 World Cups.

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It’s been just couple of weeks to go before the action from the Indian Premier League will move on to the T-20 World Cup and by the time, you have read the article, the tournament could be in the beginning stage. What makes me so exciting about the tournament is that the games run so thick and fast; in just an hour the fate of a side can easily take a U-turn.

Due to the uprising cases of Covid in India, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has shifted the it in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Let’s have a look at some of the special moments the competition has presented us throughout its last six seasons.

  1. Ms Dhoni’s wise run-out spoils Rahim’s early winning party

Losing the toss to Bangladesh, India could only post 146-runs on the board in a high scoring Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Due to a great 6-run 19th over, the opposition was still required to get 10-runs and the onus was on Hardik Pandya. Well, for a moment, after the first three ball of which the last two went for boundary, it felt like the decision wasn’t right.

Mushfiqur Rahim just after having all the enjoyment of  scooping the 3rd ball for a boundary, failed to connect the pull shot and got out. 2 still to get off 2-balls. New man Mahmudullah could have easily played the ball in the gap for a couple but the excitement to finish it with a six made him perished getting caught to the fielder. After a long meeting, almost for 15-mins, Ms Dhoni was seen to remove a glove to neglect a bye.

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Hardik bowls a off cutter what Hom couldn’t connect and the Indian captain most wisely in that pressure cooker situation ran with the ball to the stumps rather than throwing it. “It made sense to run to the stumps.” Ashwin told to Star Sports why the throw might lead the game to a super over. The 15-seconds the umpire took almost rise up everyone’s heartrate, specially the wicket-keeper, not in the field but sitting in the dressing room!!!

2. “Remember the Name” 

The phase on the finals night by Ian Bishop earned a huge reputation when he used it on Carlos Braithwaite. West Indies were coming with some back problems between their board and players, important players like Pollard & Narine having pulled out of the tournament, it appeared to be so difficult. And then here they are requiring 19 off the last over bowled by Ben Stokes.

On Cricbuzz, Bishop narrated that on the eve of the game when he was asked which player to look forward for the final in a sports show, he used the phrase: “Remember the name, Remember Carlos Braithwaite”.

Well, he was absolutely spot on. One, two, three and just when the West Indian all-rounder connected the fourth one for a six, the emotional three words came off. “After the fourth six, my exuberance naturally came out.” No one somehow monitored the fact that on the same night at Eden Gardens, the Barbados boy had figures of 3/23 including Root & Butler. That moment of Stokes sitting on his haunches and the whole Caribbean fans including their women’s side who had also won the trophy in the afternoon just went blizzare and they deserved that rightly so.

3. An Evening Belongs to Virat Kohli:

India hadn’t had the best start in the 2016 World-cup losing to New Zealand in their very first game. After a confidence boosting win over Pakistan and a victory by the barest margin against the Bangladesh, the last game in Mohali before the hardest Aussies was basically a virtual quarter-final. It was absolute the opposite beginning of what India thought. The opponent openers raced to the 50-mark in just 4-overs; although India pulled it back to have a target of 161. The exact opposite mark occurred with the blue brigade, at 49-3, they were limping on the ground when Kohli made appearance on the field. “He likes to fight; he likes to scrap” Nasser Hussain read Kohli.

There was everything, glorious boundaries, clever fours and with every six he hit, it found the middle of the blade with flashing eyes. The crowd went mad with his every step; he was having the lone hand in marching for the win it appeared. The same ball was travelling in different parts of the park and then if when I thought that was extra-ordinary; he joined by his captain Ms Dhoni later on stole a double from the edge of the 30-yard circle painting out the mutual trust and friendship between them.

I am sure the next day School, College any tuition, any ground where-ever you go, the innings was the Apple’s eye in every discussion.

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4. When Yuvraj Thanks Flintoff later after almost destroying Stuart Broad’s Career:

2007 World Cup, England playing India, something happened; you know what happened, don’t you? But still, I am gonna repeat it in a new way. Quite a few people I have seen who requires some spark to transform it into bonfire. Some players want that extra-energy coming from the opponents, the first example comes in mind is Brain Lara, teams tend to keep them cool. Well, Yuvraj on that day wasn’t looking for that, and then I remember “Bolt from the Blue” for Broad.

Somehow Andrew Flintoff got settled in a little argument with Yuvraj Singh and the heat got risen up in every minute. Dhoni and the standing umpire tried to calm him down and then arrived Stuart Broad with his pace in an aim of sending Singh home. He didn’t expect the future 10mins.

The first ball went out of the ground seemed to be the biggest one. The second one was flicked on the leg side into the crowd. The next one was hit over the long-on; Flintoff having a scary smile standing on the rope. Fourth delivery was cut hard over the advertisement; Broad was asking the number of balls left in the over for thousand times. Another one was flicked again to make it 30 off 5. Now, the meeting of the English players went for about 3-4mins. Well, Broad ran and Yuvi just put it away into the crowd; the umpire happily pulled his shoulders on; the whole ground stood on feet and then the man himself made a glove work with his captain. Broad I guess never spoke to Flintoff, who might be thanked by the Punjab boy.

5. Chattogram saw Herath spinning Heroics

The 2014 World cup on its 30th match saw New Zealand winning the toss elected to bowl first against Sri-Lanka, a decision that found out to be a golden one. When the island side lost Sangakkara on the last ball of the powerplay as their third wicket, they were going less than a 6-rpo. An innings that never began folded up on 119 with still 4-balls to be left in the innings.

The Blackcaps hadn’t had a huge task before them; they required one man to stand before themselves with others can contribute with some. Well, they were not up for Rangana Herath. When he was introduced into the attack, his stats were decent one with 6-odd wickets in 7-games at an economy of 6.5-around. First, he made McCullum wearing his dancing shoes with 5-dot balls and got him stumped. Ross Taylor playing for the turn was adjusted LBW.

Neesham probably was the hunt of an absolute beauty, a ball pitched an inch away from the off-stump moved through his legs to break the leg stump. Ronchi just like Taylor was undone by a straight one and Boult expectedly played a bad looking shot to the sips to end the game. Herath’s figure read 5-3 in 3.3-overs.

So, these remain my favorite 5-moments of the T-20 World Cup. Comment me which one you love and which one is your favorite moment of the T-20 World Cup.

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