The World T20 Cricket
-Written by- Harsh M (Xth A, Abhinav Vidyalaya)
Edited by Harsh M, Soham P
Fact checked by Navneet Iyer
The origin of the T20 was from an idea given by Stuart Robertson a member of the English Cricket Board (ECB). Before that, there were only tests and fifty over format cricket matches which made the audience bored of it. The English cricket board were having a shortage of sponsorships so that's why T20 cricket was helpful in boosting the popularity of the sport and sponsorships too. It was first played in an English county.
Now I am going to tell you about the first official T20 cricket match that took place.
The first official T20 match was played on 13 June 2003
between the English counties which was a successful start to T20 matches in cricket. This success led to the start of T20 internationals which was a friendly exhibition match. The match was between Australia and New Zealand on 17 Feb 2005. This match was won by Australia. After two years ICC(International Cricket Council) started the T20 world cup. The T20 world cup also held the same privilege as the World Cup from 2007.
Now I am going to share with you some interesting moments that happened in the first T20 world cup
The first T20 World Cup was held in South Africa. So now let us refresh about the final that took place between India versus Pakistan in 2007 which was one of the most nail-biting matches that ever happened in the history of cricket. The Final took place in the Johannesburg stadium. India gave a target of 158 runs to Pakistan. Pakistan needed 13 runs in the final over. Misbah Ul-Haq and Mohammad Asif were the only two batsmen remaining, Joginder Sharma was bowling the last over from India. Joginder Sharma gave a dot ball in the first ball of the over. After that Misbah Ul-Haq smacked a six which created pressure for Indians.
Then MS Dhoni changed the field setting after that six which was a turning point of the match as well as a good move as a captain. He added one deep fine leg fielder who was Sreesanth. Then Joginder Sharma bowled the third ball as expected by the captain Misbah ul-Haq took a scoop shot which was caught by Sreesanth. This catch made them victorious for the first T20 world cup as it was the last wicket. This smart move of captaincy by MS Dhoni is still remembered by many Cricket lovers in the world. To have a look at the final over click on this hyperlink. The player of the match title was awarded to Irfan Pathan and the Player of the series title was awarded to Shahid Afridi.
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