India successfully hosted the ICC World T20 2016. Despite controversies before the World T20 tournament, it was a success because of the quality of players and crowd support given to the players in almost all the venues. The T20 World Cup really lived up to the expectations. Here are five reasons why ICC World T20 2016 was a huge success.
- Neutral support to the teams or players
Despite the Indian cricket team not reaching the finals of the ICC World T20, people in many venues came to support their favourite teams or players. The Indian games were full houses, crowds for other games showed how the shorter format has kept the neutral fans excited. The best example was in Bengaluru when West Indies took on Sri Lanka, the people in Chinnaswamy Stadium had come to support only one man Chris Gayle. Matches in Mumbai between England and West Indies, England and South Africa saw brilliant crowds. The matches between Australia and Bangladesh on a Monday, Australia versus Pakistan in Mohali or the first semi-finals between England and New Zealand at Feroshah Kotla was great to see. The finals between England and West Indies at Kolkata saw 65,000 people which show that T20 format is a popular format.
- Thrilling matches
T20 format is a format where no team is favourite and any team can beat any top team on its day. People come to watch exciting and thrilling cricket. This T20 World Cup saw many thrilling matches which kept the audience to its seat. India versus Bangladesh at Bengaluru was one such example where Bangladesh needed 2 off 3 balls but a flurry of wickets saw India winning the match by 1 run. The finals between England and West Indies saw exciting turns and twist. In the final over West Indies needed 19 runs as Carlos Braithwaite hit four sixes in a row to win the T20 title for the second time. There were many thrilling matches in the tournament which kept the audience to its feet.
- Top quality batting
This T20 World Cup saw some excellent knock from top quality players. Players like Virat Kohli, Joe Root, and Chris Gayle showed their skills with their bat. Virat Kohli was exceptional in the tournament who was awarded the man of the tournament. Other batsmen came with top quality knocks which made the audience appreciate the innings. Joe Root played a key role in helping England chase down 230 against South Africa at Mumbai. Chris Gayle also produced excellent knock of 100 in 48 balls at the same ground. Braithwaite knock in the finals was a special one which helped West Indies to win their second World T20 title.
- Excellent bowling by the spinners
T20 format which is meant for the batsmen, the spinners came to the party and outclassed the batsmen. The pitches in the tournament were suitable for the spinners. Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, Imran Tahir of South Africa, Ish Sodhi of New Zealand, Samuel Badree of West Indies and Santer of New Zealand bowled with great flight and variations. Apart from the semi-finals, Ashwin bowled with great control. The economy of spinners was 6.5 as compared to 8.0 off pace bowlers which gave an advantage to the spinners.
- West Indies celebration
Despite contract issues with the board, the West Indies team celebration was worth to watch. They were missing some key players before the tournament like Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, and Darren Bravo. The people did not give West Indies a chance to win the tournament. After every victory, they did the champion dance. After the semi-finals victory over India, they danced with zeal. After winning the finals against England, West Indies enjoyed every moment of the celebration which shows they can come back from trouble times.