The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 has already started and from Saturday onwards we have the Super 12s where four teams from the ongoing group stage will join the remaining eight qualified sides. One will be hoping for some great entertaining matches as the biggest T20 spectacle takes centerstage. Notably, the T20 World Cup started in 2007 and six editions have been held up till now. We have witnessed several top performances from players who went on to scoop the biggest prize as the tournament ended. On the same note, we present the Man of the Tournament awardees to date.
ICC T20 World Cup 2007
The 2007 edition of the ICC T20 World Cup was won by MS Dhoni-led India, beating Pakistan in a thrilling contest in the finale. Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi won the Man of the Tournament award, claiming 12 wickets in total at 15.66. Afridi was the joint-second highest wicket-taker in the tournament. He claimed one four-wicket haul. With the bat, Afridi scored 91 runs at 15.16, registering the best score of 46. He enjoyed terrific performances against Scotland, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
ICC T20 World Cup 2009
After losing to India in the inaugural World Cup, Pakistan went on to stamp their authority this time around. They won the 2009 edition, beating fellow Asian rivals Sri Lanka by eight wickets. This time too, a player from the runners-up side went on to bag the Man of the Tournament award. Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan won the prize for his brilliance with the bat. The Lankan ace mustered 317 runs in seven matches at 52.83. He slammed three fifties. Notably, he was the only player with 300-plus runs in the tournament, despite registering two ducks.
ICC T20 World Cup 2010
England won the 2010 World T20, defeating Australia in the final. The Three Lions claimed a seven-wicket win. Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene scored the most runs (302) but the award went to Kevin Pietersen. The England ace scored the second-most runs, piling up 248 at 62.00. He smashed two fifties with the best score of 73*. After losing their opener, and having a no result in the second match, England saw KP deliver in a must-win scenario against Pakistan. KP also delivered against South Africa next, picking up another MOM award.
ICC T20 World Cup 2012
The 2012 edition of the World T20 was won by West Indies. They went on to beat Sri Lanka in the final. However, the Man of the Tournament award went to Australia’s Shane Watson, who ended up as the leading run-scorer and the second-highest wicket-taker. Watson scored 249 runs, pipping Mahela Jayawardene (243), and Marlon Samuels (230). Watson slammed three fifties at 49.80. With the ball, Watson took 11 wickets at 16.00 with the best of 3/26.
ICC T20 World Cup 2014
Two-time finalists Sri Lanka finally got hold of the World T20 in the 2014 edition. The Lankans overcame India in the final. The Man of the Tournament award went to India’s Virat Kohli. Kohli was untouchable in the tournament, hitting four fifties in six matches. He dominated the bowlers and marked himself as a serious T20 player. Notably, Kohli posted an average of 106.33. In total, Kohli scored 319 runs with the best score of 77. He hit 24 fours and 10 sixes.
ICC T20 World Cup 2016
West Indies defeated England to pocket their second World T20 title in 2016. The all-round Windies outfit stunned India in the semis by chasing 193. In the final, Carlos Bratjwaite’s magic floored England at the Eden Gardens. However, Kohli became the first player in T20 WC history to win successive Man of the Tournament awards. He was the second-highest scorer in the tournament after Tamim Iqbal. Kohli scored 273 runs at 136.50. This is the best average a player has registered in any edition of the World T20. For the second successive time, Kohli averaged over 100 (only player). He slammed three fifties with the best score of 89*. He hit the most fours (29).