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From India in 2007 to Australia in 2021: Know the full list of T20 World Cup winners

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The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was first held in 2007 in South Africa. India won the inaugural edition in a blockbuster final against Pakistan as cricket’s 20-over format announced its arrival to the world. Since then Pakistan, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Australia have gone on to lift the coveted T20 World Cup trophy. Let's have a look at who the winners defeated in each edition to claim the coveted title. 

2007 ICC World T20: India

India overcame arch-rivals Pakistan by 5 runs in a final at Johannesburg that went down to the wire. By doing so, India became the first side to win an ODI and T20I World Cup. The Men in Blue won five matches in the lead-up to the final, including a group stage match against England where Yuvraj Singh smashed Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over.

India had faced Pakistan earlier in the group stages of World Cup as well in a match that MS Dhoni’s team won through a bowl-out. Matthew Hayden’s tally of 265 runs was the highest for any batsmen in the tournament while Umar Gul’s seven wickets remained the most scalps for a bowler in the inaugural T20 World Cup.

2009 ICC World T20: Pakistan

Pakistan shook off the disappointment from their previous final loss to India to get their hands on the prestigious T20 title for the first time in 2009. They beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in a comfortable chase in the final. Tillakaratne Dilshan was the highest run-getter with 317 runs in this edition while Umar Gul was once again the top wicket-taker with 13 scalps.

2010 ICC World Twenty20: England

The third edition of the T20 World Cup took place a year after the second. England defeated rivals Australia in the final by seven wickets to claim their first World Cup title across any format of cricket. Mahela Jayawardene scored 302 runs - the most by any batsmen in the tournament - and Dirk Nannes topped the bowling charts with 14 wickets.

2012 ICC World Twenty20: West Indies

The 2012 edition witnessed West Indies defeat Sri Lanka in a one-sided final to lift their maiden T20 World Cup title. The flamboyant Caribbean power-hitters were too much for other teams to contain in this edition of the tournament. Australia’s Shane Watson amassed 249 runs to finish as the tournament’s leading run-scorer, while Ajantha Mendis was the top wicket-taker with 15 scalps.

2014 ICC World Twenty20: Sri Lanka 

India came close to winning a second T20 title in 2014 but Sri Lanka had other ideas as the island nation won the final by six wickets to give a fitting farewell to their retiring legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Virat Kohli topped the batting charts with 319 runs while South Africa’s Imran Tahir and Netherlands’ Ahsan Malik with 12 wickets each were the leading wicket-takers in the tournament.

2016 ICC World Twenty20: West Indies

West Indies won the 2016 edition of the T20 World Cup after defeating England in a last-over cliffhanger to clinch the title for the second time. Carlos Brathwaite’s four consecutive sixes in the final over off Ben Stokes put West Indies in the history books. Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal (295) and Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi (12) led the tournament charts for runs and wickets respectively.

2021 ICC World Twenty20: Australia

Australia defeated their Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by eight wickets in the final to clinch their maiden T20 World Cup title in UAE. The Aussies rode on all-rounder Mitchell Marsh's 50-ball 77 to chase 173 with seven balls to spare as they laid their hands on the T20 trophy that eluded them for the longest time. Pakistan captain Babar Azam (303) finished as the highest run-getter in the T20 World Cup 2021 while Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga topped the wickets list, picking 16 wickets in eight matches.

Year

Winners

Runners-up

Final Venue

2007

India

Pakistan

Johannesburg

2009

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

London

2010

England

Australia

Bridgetown

2012

West Indies 

Sri Lanka

Colombo

2014

Sri Lanka

India

Dhaka

2016

West Indies

England

Kolkata

2021

Australia

New Zealand

Dubai

Featured photo : Alexander Joe / AFP

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