T20 WC: Top 5 most stunning performances of past editions

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From scintillating centuries and explosive boundary-hitting to devastating bowling spells, the tournament has delivered countless iconic moments over the past 14 years. Here is a look at the top five biggest individual performances from the last six ICC Men’s T20 World Cups.

New Delhi: The ICC T20 World Cup is around the corner and it will be interesting to see which players come up with the most game-changing innings or spells.


From scintillating centuries and explosive boundary-hitting to devastating bowling spells, the tournament has delivered countless iconic moments over the past 14 years. Here is a look at the top five biggest individual performances from the last six ICC Men’s T20 World Cups.

Yuvraj Singh vs Australia, 2007


The first edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup provided a taste of what was to come next with a series of remarkable performances from cricket’s biggest names. The 2007 tournament will be remembered for the outstanding individual performances of Yuvraj Singh, who produced fireworks across India and won the inaugural title.
He made his name in T20 folklore against England in Super 8, hitting six sixes in a Stuart Broad over to set the record for the fastest 50 (in 12 balls) in an 18-run victory. Yuvraj then put on another match-winning performance in India’s semi-final win against Australia, scoring 70 off just 30 balls in a brutal innings against a quality bowling attack.


Umar Gul vs New Zealand, 2010


Bowlers are often overlooked in the T20 format as the thirst for big hitting dominates the agenda – but the 2009 edition provided two of the best spells in the tournament’s history. An impressive performance by Pakistan’s Umar Gul in the Super 8 match against New Zealand caught the world’s attention.
Pakistan were under pressure after their loss to Sri Lanka in their previous game, but before Gul worked his magic, the Kiwis were bundled out for 73 for 5 in 13 overs. He dropped down the Black Caps middle order, taking five for just six runs in his three overs and becoming the first bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a T20 International.


Mike Hussey vs Pakistan, 2010


England were crowned ICC Men’s T20 World Cup champions for the first time in 2010 as Kevin Pietersen produced a series of match-winning knocks in the way of their success. The Maverick batsman finished with 248 runs in six matches, including 73 against Pakistan, 53 against South Africa and 47 in the final against Australia.
Pietersen was named Player of the Tournament for his efforts, but perhaps the most coveted individual performance of that year was actually delivered by Mike Hussey. Chasing a target of 192 for victory in their semi-final encounter with Pakistan, Australia’s campaign appeared to have failed before Hussey reached the crease in St Lucia. Hussey came on 105 for 5, his side needing 87 from 45 balls, but he smashed an unbeaten 60 off just 24 balls to give Australia a famous victory.


Virat Kohli vs South Africa, 2014


Brilliant death bowling from Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekhar helped Sri Lanka end their wait to become T20 champions in 2014 after finishing runners-up in 2009 and 2012.But the biggest performance of the 2014 edition was produced by Virat Kohli, who finished the tournament with the most runs as India lost the title to Sri Lanka. The Player of the Tournament delivered a batting masterclass in India’s semi-final against South Africa when they needed it – chasing 173 against Dale Steyn and co.Kohli completed his third half-century in four innings and scored the winning runs as he scored an unbeaten 72 off 44 balls, completing the chase with five balls to spare.


Carlos Brathwaite vs England, 2016


Five years have passed since the last ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, but it is safe to say that the 2016 edition provided more than enough entertainment to fill the void. The 2016 tournament will be remembered forever for Carlos Brathwaite’s heroic knock in the final and Ian Bishop’s iconic ‘remember the name’ commentary to go along with it.
With Windies needing 19 runs in the last over to lay their hands on the silverware, Brathwaite brought him over the line with a six off Ben Stokes’ first four balls as he was dismissed for 34 off 10 balls.

First published:October 10, 2021, 2 pm

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