The ICC T20 World Cup takes place once every two years. However, due to some planning changes made by the ICC and the COVID-19 pandemic, there has not been a single T20 World Cup event in the last five years. Now, fans will witness two T20 World Cups in two years (2021 and 2022).
West Indies were the ICC T20 World Cup winners last time. The first tournament was held in the year 2007 and the next one scheduled is in 2021 to be hosted by Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
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The Indian cricket team was the first to win the T20 World Cup playing under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. India defeated Pakistan in the final to win the first T20 World Cup in 2007. India only lost one game in the tournament - against New Zealand in Super 8s. In this tournament, Shahid Afridi from Pakistan was the player of the series.
After finishing as runners-up in the first T20 World Cup, Pakistan won their first 120 World Cup two years later in 2009. England hosted this tournament, and Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the final to become champions. Pakistan lost their first match against England and a Super 8 match against Sri Lanka. Still, they managed to win the trophy. Tillakaratne Dilshan from Sri Lanka was the Player of the Series and the top run-scorer in this tournament.
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England was the winner of the T20 World Cup 2010. With this, England became the first non-Asian team to win the T20 World Cup in 2010. England beat Ashes rivals Australia in the final by 7 wickets. The English team had lost to the West Indies in their first game, but they won all the following games and captured the trophy. Kevin Pietersen from the winning team became the player of the series in the T20 World Cup 2010.
West Indies won their first T20 World Cup in 2012 by beating hosts Sri Lanka in the summit clash by 36 runs. West Indies also lost their first match of ICC T20 World Cup 2012 against Australia and still won the trophy. In this World Cup, Shane Watson from Australia became both Player of the Series and top run-scorer and Ajantha Mendis from Sri Lanka was the highest wicket-taker bowler.
In T20 World Cup 2014, Sri Lanka defeated India to become the new T20 World Cup Winner. Sri Lanka won the final match by 6 wickets. In this World Cup, India reached in the final second time. Virat Kohli from India became both the top run-scorer and player of the series in ICC T20 World Cup 2014.
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West Indies cricket team won the T20 World Cup 2016 by beating England in the final. With this, West Indies became the first team to win the T20 World Cup twice. West Indies lost only one match against Afghanistan. Earlier, West Indies became champions for the first time in the 2012 T20 World Cup. In this World Cup, Virat Kohli was the Player of the Series and Tamim Iqbal was the highest run-scorer.
The T20 World Cup 2021 was started on 17th October 2021 in UAE and Oman. The final match of this T20 World Cup 2021 was played between Australia and New Zealand on 14th November 2021. Australia won the final match against New Zealand by 8 wickets and became ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2021 Winner. This is the first time when the Australian cricket team won the T20 World Cup.
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