Today we bring you a few facts about T20 World Cup 2009. After the immense success of 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, the next tournament was conducted within 2 years i.e in 2009. The 2009 ICC World Twenty20 was an international Twenty20 cricket tournament which took place in England in June 2009. It was the second ICC World Twenty20 tournament, following the inaugural event in South Africa in September 2007.
12 teams participated in the tournament which includes the 9 test playing nations and 3 associate nations whose qualification was achieved by the finalists of an ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier held in Belfast from 2–4 August 2008, between Kenya, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada and Bermuda. Ireland and the Netherlands, having reached the final, qualified outright, while Scotland won the third-place playoff beating Kenya to also qualify.
Pakistan lifted the cup, beating Sri Lanka in the final. Twenty20 (or T20) cricket was created back in 2003 as a means to make cricket more exciting for thousands of cricket lovers who were not too fond of the longer formats of the game. It has since gone to become an extremely popular format thanks to its fast-paced, non-stop action that keeps fans on the edge of their seats.
The 2009 ICC World Twenty20 was full of several noteworthy moments, and also several records were made during the tournament. Here, in this article, we have brought you 10 facts about T20 World Cup 2009 which will blow away your mind.
- No century was hit by any batsman in the 2009 T20 World Cup. The highest score hit by any batsman in the whole tournament was 96 runs which was hit by Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka. Among the amazing facts about T20 World Cup 2009.
- The opening game was and still is, arguably regarded as one of the best inaugural games in the history of World T20s so far. After rain delayed the proceedings, the hosts, who were put into bat, managed a competitive total – courtesy a 102-run opening stand. During the chase, the pendulum swung both ways and it all came down to 2 runs from the last ball. However, Broad’s sloppy fielding and an overthrow meant the Netherlands defeated England for the first time in international cricket.
- MS Dhoni was the only captain who had retained his captaincy from the previous T20 world cup. Other nations’ teams had all changed their team captains. Makes to the unforgettable facts about T20 World Cup 2009.
- Umar Gul, Pakistan pacer, was the leading wicket-taker digging out around 13 wickets. Also, he was the only bowler to take 5 wickets to haul in a single match in the whole tournament. He did this against the New Zealand team while giving out only 6 runs from the 3 overs spell. Among the profound facts about T20 World Cup 2009..
- Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh hit the most number of sixes in the whole tournament. He smashed a total of 9 sixes. Similarly, Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka hit the maximum number of Fours in the tournament. He smashed around 46 fours. Astonishing duo these, added into facts about T20 World Cup 2009.
- The clash between South Africa and Scotland is regarded as the most one-sided affair in the 2009 World T20. Scotland’s Gavin Hamilton called it right at the toss but little did he know about what was to come. The Proteas batsmen, AB de Villiers in particular, made merry of the Scottish bowlers and recorded a mammoth 211 on the board. The chase never got going as wickets kept tumbling like a pack of cards. Eventually, Scotland was bundled out inside 16 overs offering South Africa a 130-run win which was the highest in the tournament. Among the interesting facts about T20 World Cup 2009.
- The defending champions were knocked out in the super-8 stage by England. England posted a challenging 153 after being asked to bat first. Not many would have expected the target to be challenging but India certainly made the target look like one. In a must-win game, the Indian batsmen failed to handle pressure and the chase never looked steady. However, there was a brief moment of hope when Yusuf Pathan and MS Dhoni remained not out with 19 demands off the final over. Although India pulled off 15 runs, lack of urgency in the middle overs cost the 2007 T20 champions a place in the knock-out stage.
- Consistently in the second T20 world cup, South Africa wasn’t able to clear the semi-final. South Africa’s tag of being chokers became more obvious and painful as they failed to get through to the semis. Pakistan won the toss and batted first. Shahid Afridi’s promotion to number 3 worked wonders as they posted a stiff 149 at the half-way mark. The pressure got the better of the Proteas as they kept sinking into the mire during their chase. Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy battled hard but the rest didn’t turn up. In the end, South Africa fell short by 7 runs, allowing Pakistan to progress to the final for the second successive time.
- The Sri Lankan team had the first time entered the final of the T20 World Cup by defeating West Indies in the semis. A Tillakaratne Dilshan blitzkrieg followed by Angelo Mathews’ massacre with the ball put paid to West Indies’ hopes of playing their first final in a world event for a while. Sri Lanka was inserted to bat by Chris Gayle and Dilshan took full toll of some mediocre bowling. His 57-ball 96 was ably backed up by some top-class swing bowling from Mathews. He consumed 3 wickets in the first over (all of them were bowled) and since then West Indies never recovered. Sri Lanka cruised through to secure a spot in the World T20 final for the first time.
- The 2009 T20 World Cup was played only at 3 grounds in England which were the Trent Bridge, Nottingham; Lord’s, London & The oval, London. Added into the astonishing facts about T20 World Cup 2009.
These were 10 most recallable facts about T20 World Cup 2009. Don’t forget to pen down your comments.
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