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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: Five Key Moments That Stood Out

Glenn Maxwell in typical ‘big show’ style reverse swept Tim Southee to get Australia their first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy. The celebrations were due after what has been a tough few weeks in the heat of the UAE. The tournament surprised us all by how it panned out but there were a few magic moments that will be talked about for years to come.

Here’s our shortlisted five.

 

AUSSIES END LONG WAIT

The Australian cricket team has always been a dominant force in white-ball cricket but one trophy that has eluded them has been the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Aaron Finch and Justin Langer’s boys made sure that this wait also got over and after a few turbulent years in Australia men’s cricket, winning this trophy could be the start of something special.

 

END OF AN ERA FOR THE WINDIES

The Windies came into the tournament as the defending champions but had an ageing team. In hindsight, it proved to be a tournament too many for a few of these players as they crashed out in the Super 12 stage. West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard lamented the ‘end of a generation’ as Dwayne Bravo brought down the curtain on his international career with Chris Gayle almost certain to join him in calling it quits.

 

INDIA FINISH VIRAT’S REIGN AS T20I CAPTAIN WITH A WIN

India were pre-tournament favourites but their lack of intent in the first two games hampered their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals. Virat Kohli had announced before the start of the tournament that he is going to step down as captain of the T20I side. The team couldn’t win the trophy for their captain but finished his reign off with three spectacular wins. It also marked the end of the tenure of Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian men’s team.

 

JOS BUTTLER IS A FREAK

England made it four wins in four after Jos Buttler hit the first and only century of the 2021 World Cup in a 26-run victory over Sri Lanka. Buttler’s unbeaten 101 steered England to a match-winning score from a precarious position. Buttler smashed six fours and six sixes in his 67-ball knock as he achieved the feat of becoming the first Englishman to make centuries in all three formats.

 

MOHAMMAD RIZWAN IS A WARRIOR

Mohammad Rizwan was instrumental in Pakistan’s first-ever win against India in a World Cup but his character was best tested in the semi-final game against Australia. A couple of days before the match, Rizwan was in the ICU recovering from a severe chest infection. He came back on the field and top-scored for Pakistan with a classy 67. He had a tournament to remember and Pakistan have found a gem of a player in Rizwan.

Read: Should India Look To Have A Completely Different T20 Setup?

 

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