We discuss, today, a few facts about T20 World Cup 2012. The slam-bang form of T20 cricket had by 2012 proved to be a phenomenal initiative to revive the crowd viewership. People were slowly losing interest in the two other formats of International Cricket. Test cricket had become blant, as the instances of a duel had diminished completely. More one-sided test matches were taking place with the home team having a distinct advantage over the visiting side. The lack of quality test players too acted as a hindrance and most of the matches would end within Day 3.
In the case of ODI’s, it’s power-play rules that loaded the game heavily in favor of batsmen. With two news balls being used after the completion of the 25th over, sides batting second would have the advantage of chasing large totals as the dew acted as a major impediment. It was during this tenure that T20 World Cup 2012 took place which further enhanced the reputation of T20 cricket. Here are some interesting facts about 2012 T20 World Cup in general-
Facts About T20 World Cup 2012
- The T20 World Cup 2012 was the first one to be held in an Asian Country. It was hosted by the island country of Sri Lanka. Previously the ICC World T20 had taken place in 2007, 2009, and 2010. The venues for each of these world cups were South Africa, England, and West Indies respectively. Thus, Sri Lanka winning the right to host the marquee tournament was an encouraging sign for the things to come. Among the competition related information about T20 World Cup 2012.
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- Sri Lanka’s premier fast bowler Lasith Malinga became the brand ambassador for the tournament. The man who was the most lethal bowler in this format of the game with his changeups and toe crushing yorkers were the perfect candidates to promote the brand of T20 cricket in the country. Among the key facts about T20 World Cup 2012.
- Later stars like Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya De Silva rose from complete obscurity and became mainstays of the Sri Lankan batting, inspired by their performance in the World T20 Tournaments.
- The Format for the Tournament was similar to the ones that were held before it. The teams were divided into 4 groups of 3. There were 10 test playing nations along with the other associate nations who had emerged after competing in the qualifier tournaments. Format related information about T20 World Cup 2012.
- The top two teams from each group progressed to the next round called super eight. After that, the quarter-finals and the semi-finals knockout rounds were held. Only then the two designated teams for the final of the world cup were selected. Among the key facts about T20 World Cup 2012.
- Plenty of runs were scored in the tournament with the docile batting-friendly pitches providing the perfect launchpad for the batsmen. Players like Shane Watson, Mahela Jayawardene, Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle, and Brendon McCullum emerged as the top 5 run-scorers of the tournament. Another memorable fact about T20 World Cup 2012.
- The pitches in Sri Lanka offered variable bounce and a lot of turn in the second half of the innings. Bowlers like Ajantha Mendis, Shane Watson, Mitchell Starc, Lakshmipathy Balaji, and Saeed Ajmal emerged as the top wicket-takers of the tournament. Among the key facts about T20 World Cup 2012.
- The final was held between the two best teams of the tournament- West Indies and Sri Lanka.
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- The final was a low scoring affair as the West Indies batsman struggled initially. Chris Gayle who had been devastating on the night of the semi-final against Australia was not able to provide the start that the team expected from him. After getting dismissed early, Marlon Samuels steadied the ship with a well made 78 from 55 balls.
- After a late charge by Captain Darren Sammy at the end of the innings, his late flurry of runs enabled West Indies to score 108 runs in the last 10 overs, to produce a total of 137.
- Ajantha Mendis was the pick of the bowlers getting 4 wickets in his 12 overs. What looked like a comfortable target for the Sri Lankans to chase became a risky affair and the Lankan lions fumbled and got all out for a paltry 101. An excellent bowling performance by West Indies was highlighted by Sunil Narine’s figures- 3.4 overs, 9 runs, and 3 wickets. Among the key facts about T20 World Cup 2012 final.
- Shane Watson was adjudged the Man of the Tournament for his incredible showing in the World Cup. Not only was he the highest run-scorer but also the highest wicket-taker for his side as well. His performances propelled Australia to the semi-finals of the tournament.
- This was the first win for West Indies in an ICC Tournament, after their win in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004. They had previously won their 2 world cup trophies in 1975 and 1979, back when the trophy was known as the Prudential Cup. Among the interesting information about T20 World Cup 2012 final.
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