ICC World T20 2016 has just begun. The Super 10 stage or can be called the main stage of the tournament will start in next few days. Before that, let’s check out some records which can be made or broken in this tournament.
5 Records can be made in the WT20 2016
- World T20 won by a host nation: In the past 5 edition of WT20, none of the host nations have finished as champions. The best performance by a host nation in WT20 was in 2012, where Sri Lanka had reached very close to the trophy but finished as runner-up. This time, India is the host nation and they are hot favourite for this tournament. Hope this time the story will go wrong and India will become first champion in the tournament as a host nation of WT20.
- Most wickets in WT20: Currently, Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga is standing on the top of most wickets list in WT20 history with 38 wickets. But according to his current fitness, his availability in the whole tournament is under a big question mark. So there is a good chance for other bowlers to take over his place in this tournament.
Pakistan leg-spinner Shahid Afridi has a good chance to reach that top spot as he is currently standing at no.5 in the table with 35 wickets (2nd to 4th place bowlers are not playing in this year’s competition). South African pacer Dale Steyn has also chance to reach in the best spot as he already picked up 29 wickets.
- Most dismissals as a wicket-keeper in WT20: At present, Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal is on the top of most dismissals in WT20 history as a wicket-keeper with 30 dismissals (12 catches, 18 stumps), but he has not featured in the present Pakistan squad.
Former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, who retired in T20I after WT20 2014, is at the 2nd position with 26 dismissals (12 catches, 14 stumps). So now, West Indies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin (16 catches, 8 stumps) and Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni (17 catches, 7 stumps) have great chance to break that record as both have 24 dismissals in WT20.
- Most half-centuries in T20Is: Former New Zealand explosive batsman Brendon McCullum has most half-centuries in T20I cricket with 15; however he has no chance to extend his record. West Indies opener Chris Gayle is in the 2nd position with 14 half-centuries and has good chance to break the record. Indian batsman Virat Kohli (13 half-centuries), Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan (13 half-centuries) etc. are also chasing him.
On the other hand, Chris Gayle is leading in the most half-century list at WT20 with 8 half-centuries.
- Most consecutive wins in T20I: Currently, India is running with 7 consecutive wins in T20I. England and Ireland are holding the records of most consecutive win in T20I with 8 each. India need to win their first two matches of the tournament to break that record.
If India won the tournament as unbeaten team then India will also break the record of most consecutive undefeated streak in T20I which is being currently held by Australia (12 T20Is).