The second most prominent sport in the world is Cricket. From the time it was first played, in the 16th century, it has been the most admired game in the history of sports. Children’s inclination to be a cricketer is surging nowadays. A simple game of bat and ball has given tremendous opportunities for so many to live doing what they like.
The ICC World T20 was started in 2007 and is played every 2 years. The 2016 ICC World T20 was hosted by India at seven cities. This world cup has become so memorable for its audience because of the records which were made during these matches. India became the First team to win with the smallest winning margin (1 run) against Bangladesh, England became the second highest scoring team in the World T20 which set a target of 231 runs for South Africa to chase. Even Ashish Nehra, India’s left arm fast bowler was the only bowler to take 5 wickets in the entire tournament from his team. When Ashish played against South Africa for the 1st time in 2011 World Cup, he gave away 16 runs off 4 balls, when he had to actually stop them from making a mere 13 runs out of last over. People started to believe that his T20 career was nearing an end. This World cup, for him, was a magnificent comeback! India’s matches were screened in cafes and open grounds all over the nation. Our home-team’s way to the semi-finals was not easy at all. From almost at the bottom of the group it belonged to, it played on to be at the top. India survived in incredible fashion to keep their hopes of a semifinal place at the World Twenty20 very much alive with a dramatic one-run victory over Bangladesh in Bangalore. The hosts had appeared set to fall victim to the biggest upset of the tournament to leave their chances hanging by a thread ahead of their final group game against Australia. It was very unfortunate that the team lost to the Carribeans in the semis.
The final match, devoid of the Indian team, was still a feast for the eyes of a cricket fan. We almost believed that England was going to be crowned the champion team. But the amazing team, West Indies, made 19 of the last over giving the match a dramatic finish. Now we have this one team that has won this title twice! The captain, Sammy’s speech in Eden gardens yesterday night after the win told us how many difficulties the team had to go through and he was surely disappointed by the lacked WICB support. A well-deserved win it was!