t20 cricket world cup winners list
t20 cricket world cup winners list

ICC T20 World Cup Winners List from 2007 to 2020.

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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 world cup winners list.

The global cricket governing body, ICC conducts this tournament, every two years and 16 teams take part in it. 

Excited to know more about who won the first t20 world cup? Check out our complete list of world t20 winners list below.

Men’s T20 world cup winners list

YearHostChampionsRunner up
2007South AfricaIndiaPakistan
2009EnglandPakistanSri Lanka
2010West IndiesEnglandAustralia
2012Sri LankaWest IndiesSri Lanka
2014BangladeshSri LankaIndia
2016IndiaWest IndiesEngland
2020PostponedPostponed due to COVID-19 pandemicPostponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021IndiaTBDTBD
ICC T20 World cup Winners List from 2007 to 2021

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. 

2007 ICC First T20 World Cup Winner: India

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 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.

This was the first World T20, where 12 teams participated, divided into four groups of three, then two groups of four in quarter-finals; top two into semi-finals.

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 to become the first t20 world cup winner. India won the toss and opted to bat.

Highlight of the India’s Road to Victory!

Dhoni's smartness helped India seize the victory
Mahi celebrating in his style
  • 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.  
  • This resulted in India winning the final match by five runs and become the first to enter the T20 World Cup Winners List in the history of cricket.

  • The pick of the bowlers were 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.

2009 ICC T20 World Cup Winner : Pakistan

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.

Pakistan won the second ICC World Cup after losing the finals in the first tournament.
The Pakistan team entered world t20 winners list

Highlight of 2009 ICC T20 World Cup

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2010 ICC T20 World Cup Winner : 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 World Cup 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
Celebration of the England team’s T20 World Cup!

Highlight of 2010 ICC T20 World Cup

  • The World Cup matches were played in three grounds, Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados; Providence Stadium in Providence, Guyana and Daren Samy 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. 

2012 ICC T20 World Cup Winner: 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 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

Highlight of 2012 ICC T20 World Cup

  • 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. 
  • 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. 

2014 T20 World Cup Winner : 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

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.

Highlight of 2014 ICC T20 World Cup

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

2016 T20 World Cup Winner : 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). 

Highlight of 2016 ICC T20 World Cup

  • 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. 
  • 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 all t20 world cup winners 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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