t20 cricket world cup winners list
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ICC T20 World Cup Champions List

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ICC T20 World Cup, which was formerly known as the ICC World T20, is the ultimate championship for International Men’s Cricket in 20 overs format. Every cricket playing country looks up to this tournament and give their best to make it to the t20 cricket world cup champion list. The global cricket governing body, ICC conducts this tournament, every two years and 16 teams take part in it. 

India lifts the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup
The first ever ICC T20 World Cup was held in South Africa and was played between India and Pakistan

The event was inaugurated in 2007 and was staged in South Africa. India won the event, defeating Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Six tournaments have been played so far, the last one being in 2016. In 2016 May, ICC wanted to host the 2018 T20 World Cup in South Africa but at the end of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, it declared that the next World Cup will be held in 2020 in Australia. 

Going flashback, here’s the six ICC t20 cricket world cup champion list to recall the magnificent matches between the best teams. 

Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup Champion List

YearHostChampionsRunner up
2007South AfricaIndiaPakistan
2009EnglandPakistanSri Lanka
2010West IndiesEnglandAustralia
2012Sri LankaWest IndiesSri Lanka
2014BangladeshSri LankaIndia
2016IndiaWest IndiesEngland
2020PostponedPostponedPostponed
ICC T20 cricket world cup champions list

2007 ICC T20 World Cup: India

The first-ever ICC T20 World Cup was nothing less than an astonishing magical display of cricket. It was the first time in cricket history, the cricket fans experienced cricket with electrifying entertainment. With its cheerleaders, loud music, quick-fire entertainment, colourful stadium under floodlight T20 was credited with reviving cricket in the 21st century.

This was the first World Twenty20, where 12 teams participated, divided into four groups of three, then two groups of four in quarter-finals; top two into semi-finals. Kenya and Scotland were the other two teams participating in this tournament. The tournament was played on three different grounds, Wanderers, Kingsmead and Newlands. 

Dhoni's smartness helped India seize the victory
Mahi celebrating in his style

The 2007 ICC World Twenty20 Final was played between two arch-rivals India and Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa on 24 September 2007. India won the final by five runs and defeated Pakistan in a nail-biting finish. India won the toss and opted to bat.

The Indian team started well with two attacking batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Yousuf Pathan but lost their momentum in the middle overs after the quick wickets of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. Finally, with some power hitting from young Rohit Sharma (30 off 16 balls) at the end, India finished their innings with 157-5 at the end of 20 overs.

In the second innings, due to the extraordinary swing bowling performance from RP Singh India got their early breakthrough at 2.4 overs. At one stage Pakistan was 76/5 in 11.3 overs due to some brainless batting by experienced Pakistani batters as well as brilliant bowling from the Indian side.  Misbah-ul-Haq remained strong and determined at the other end and with support from the tail-enders the Pakistan team reached within thirteen runs of the target.

But finally, Misbah lost his wicket, with the gamble of going over short-fine leg by Joginder Sharma ending in a Sreesanth catch. This resulted in India winning the final match by five runs and become the first to enter the t20 cricket world cup champion list in the history of cricket.

Yuvi scores sic sixes off six balls

The pick of the bowlers was Irfan Pathan(4 wickets for 16 runs) and R. P. Singh( 3 wickets for 26 runs). Joginder Sharma and S. Sreesanth also performed well and got two and one wickets, respectively. Irfan Pathan was the Player Of The Match and Shahid Afridi was Man Of The Series.

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2. 2009 ICC T20 World Cup: Pakistan

The 2009 ICC World Twenty20  took place in England in June 2009. The format of this tournament was the same as the first one: four groups of three, then two groups of four in quarter-finals; top two into semi-finals. The matches were played at three English grounds – Lord’s and The Oval in London, and Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Zimbabwe withdrew its participation from the tournament. Thus Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland qualified for the tournament with top 9 cricket playing nations.

The second ICC T20 World Cup final was played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the prestigious Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on 21 June 2009. In full house Lord’s stadium, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. Mohammad Amir bowled the first over and in the fifth ball, Dilshan was caught at fine-leg. Jehan Mubarak was knocked out by Abdul Razzaq that left the Lankans at 2/2 in 1.3 overs. 

Pakistan won the second ICC World Cup after losing the finals in the first tournament.
The Pakistan team celebrating the victory

Jayasuriya stabilised the game for his team and scored 17 runs off 10 balls but soon he also fell. Jayawardane too fell shortly into the hands of Misbah at 32/4. Sangakkara and Chamara added some valuable runs to the score before Chamara was caught by Saeed Ajmal in his personal score of 14 off 19 balls. Sangakkara (64 off 52 balls) and Angelo Mathews(35 off 24 balls) took the team’s run to 138/6 from 70/6. In 20 overs, Sri Lanka scored  138/6. 

Pakistan started well with Kamran Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan adding 48 runs in 7.1 overs. Kamran Akmal was soon stumped by Sangakkara off a delivery from ST Jayasuriya. However, Pakistan reached the target convincingly in 18.4 overs and entered the t20 cricket world cup champion list for the first time. Shahid Afridi earned the Man of the Match for his match-winning knock of 54 off 40 balls with bat and 1 wicket for 20 runs in 4 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan was Player Of The Series for scoring 317 runs in the tournament. India had a very disappointing tournament as they lost all the matches in the Super 8 stage, despite winning the previous World Cup.

3. 2010 ICC T20 World Cup: England

The 2010 ICC World T20 was held in West Indies between 30th April and 16th May 2010. It took place only ten months after the last World Cup. As before, the T20 tournament featured 12 teams- Ten Test-playing nations and two qualifiers (Afghanisthan and Netherlands). This was the tournament where Afghanisthan made their first-ever appearance in the ICC Cricket tournament.

England wins its first T20 World Cup
Celebrations start as the team lifts the Trophy

The World Cup matches were played in three grounds- Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados; Providence Stadium in Providence, Guyana and Beausejour Stadium in Bros Islet, St Lucia. 

The 2010 ICC T20 World Cup Final was played between England and Australia at Kensington Oval on 16th May 2010. England won the match by 7 wickets and it was their first World T20 Victory. 

On a batting-friendly track, the English captain Paul Collingwood won the toss and decided to field first. It was a nightmare start for Australia as they lost three of their main wickets at 8 runs in just 2.1 overs. After the early wickets, M Clarke (27 off 27 balls) and David Hussey (59 off 54 balls) had a steady partnership of 37 runs off 43 balls. After the loss of Clarke’s wicket, Hussey held one side of the wicket and made small partnerships with Cameron White, Michael Hussey and took Australia’s score to 147/6 in 20 overs.

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England chased down the 148 run target easily in 17 overs. Thanks to the brilliant batting display by C Kieswetter (63 off 49 balls) and  KP Pietersen (47 off 31 balls). Craig Kieswetter was declared Man of the match for his outstanding knock in the high-pressure final and Kevin Pieterson was the Player of the series.

4. 2012 ICC T20 World Cup: West Indies

The 2012 ICC World T20 took place in Sri Lanka from 18th September to 7th October 2012. This was the first time when the ICC World Tournament was being held in an Asian country. The format had four groups of three teams in the preliminary rounds. The top two teams from each groups proceeded to the super eight stage. The super 8 consisted of two groups, one and two. Top two teams from the super 8 groups played semi-finals and the semi final’s winners played the finals. The T20 tournament featured 12 teams. Ireland and Afghanistan were the qualifiers team. 

The Windies become the ICC T20 World Cup Champions for the first time
The Windies are known for their post-victory celebrations

The 2012 ICC T20 World Cup Final was played between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on 7th October 2012. This was the fourth ICC World T20 Final and West Indies became the fourth team to win this title after India, Pakistan and England.

The West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to bat first. On a dry spin-friendly Colombo surface, West Indies suffered an early batting collapse as both the openers, Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles were dismissed cheaply, leaving the team’s score for 14 runs after 5.5 overs. 

Marlon Samuels and D Bravo came in and added a valuable 59 runs in 8.5 overs. Samuels played a match-winning knock of 75 from 59 balls, including 3 fours and 6 sixes. In the death over, Darren Sammy played a captain knock of 26 off 15 balls. West Indies reached a respectable score of 137 runs in the 20 overs quota. 

Chasing a small target, the home side started well and scored 48 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 9.3 overs. After the loss of Sangakkara’s wicket, just in the span of 21 runs, Sri Lankans were reduced to 69/7 in 14.3 overs, including two run-outs. The team was all out on 101 runs on 18.4 overs resulting in 36 runs short of their target.  Samuels was declared Man of the Match for his outstanding performance and Shane Watson from Australia won the Man of the Series award. 

5. 2014 T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka

The 2014 ICC World T20 Championship took place in Bangladesh from 16th March to 6th April 2014. The fifth ICC T20 World Cup was played mainly in three cities, Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong. This was the second time when the T20 event was being organised in an Asian country.

Sri Lanka wins the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup
The Sri Lankan team lifts the trophy for the first time

This was the first time when the tournament featured 16 teams, with top 10 Test-playing nations, the other six associate members were Ireland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, UAE, Nepal and Hong Kong.  

The ICC World T20 2014 Final was played between the two top Asian countries, India and Sri Lanka at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on April 6 2014. In a rain-delayed final, the Sri Lankan team won the toss and elected to bowl first, the Indian team lost early wicket of Rahane in the second over. Kohli and Rohit Sharma made a solid partnership of 60 runs in 54 balls. This was the time when the Indian time was looking to accelerate the run-rate and lost the big wicket of Rohit Sharma. 

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Virat Kohli played a superb knock of 77 runs in 58 balls and made a 50 runs partnership with Yuvraj Singh. The match was nothing less than a nightmare for India’s most prolific T20 batsman, Yuvraj Singh. He scored only 11 runs consuming 21 deliveries. It was due to the brilliant bowling by Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara. India was unable to finish well their innings and made only 130 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the 20 overs quota.  

Chasing an easy target of 131, Sri Lanka lost their first wicket in 5 runs. Dilshan and Jayawardene made a steady partnership and took the Sri Lankan score to 41 runs in 5.5 overs. After the loss of Dilshan’s wicket, Sangakkara played brilliantly (52 runs off 35 balls) and at last with the stormy innings from Thisara Perera (23 off 14 balls), Sri Lanka chased down the 131 run target in 17.5 overs and made their name on the ICC t20 cricket world cup champion list for the first time. Kumar Sangakkara for his match-winning knock was declared Man of the Match and Virat Kohli was declared Man of the Series for making a whopping 319 runs in the tournament. 

6. 2016 T20 World Cup, West Indies

The sixth edition of ICC World T20 was held in India from 8th March to 3rd April 2016. The tournament was hosted in seven cities, Bangalore, Dharamshala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. This was the second time 16 teams were participating in the tournament, among which 10 were the top Test-playing nations and the other six associate members were Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Honk Kong and Oman.

The Windies becomes the ICC T20 World Cup champions for the second time.
The Darren Sammy led team celebrates after their victory

The final match was played between England and West Indies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 3rd April 2016 in front of 66, 000 spectators. The England and West Indies team were contesting for the tournament final, a second time, having won one previous tournament each (2010 and 2012 respectively). 

The West Indian captain Sammy won the toss and elected to bowl first. England posted a target of 156/9 in their full 20 over quota. Joe Roots was the highest scorer in England’ innings with 54 runs off 36 balls. 

Chasing the target of 156 runs, the West Indies team faced an early batting collapse and lost three wickets for 11 runs in 2.3 overs. DJ Bravo ana MN Samuels took the Windies’ innings to 86 runs in 13.5 overs. After the loss of Bravo’s wicket, West Indies lost two big wickets of AD Russel (1 of 3 balls) and D Sammy (C, 2 of 2 balls). Marlon Samuels and C Brathwaite took West Indies innings to the last over.

West Indies required 19 runs in the last over which Braithwaite reached by hitting four consecutive monstrous sixes in Stokes’ over and registered their name for the second time in the t20 world cup champion list. Samuels scored 85 not out from 66 balls, the highest score in World T20 Final history and was named the Man of the Match. 

The next T20 World Cup was scheduled to be played in 2020 but is now postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is to be hosted by India in 2021 as speculated.  It will be the first time that the premier tournament is suspended for four years.

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