Welcome to this potted history through the World Twenty20. We’ll even give you a few trivia questions to test your knowledge.
For a global cricket tournament that began in South Africa as recently as 2007, there’s been a lot of action packed into just five previous events; a little like the frenetic format itself.
Ok, an opening statistic for you all to ponder. No international team has yet won the World T20 more than once though it’s probably Sri Lanka’s turn next, having made three finals to date.
That honours have been shared amongst five of the eight full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is not altogether surprising, given the nip and tuck of T20 and how fortunes can flip in an instant.
The World T20 can certainly spring a surprise or two. England’s dominant, title-winning run in 2010 was the country’s first ICC trophy - and few would have predicted it. Who else can remember that England kit with its oddly fluorescent yellow patches under the armpits?
Sifting for patterns is a fool’s errand but if we’re to glean anything from history, the defending champions tend to be underwhelming next time around. Can Gayle, Sammy, Samuels and Bravo buck that trend?
Where the World T20 has evolved is the involvement of associate nations. Nepal, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong all made their debut in 2014 and Oman will join them, when they play Ireland at HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, in March.
So, how about a couple of quiz questions to test your trivia muscles…
• Who hit Stuart Broad (sorry, Stuart) for six sixes in the 2007 edition?
• Who has the most ducks in World T20 cricket?
• Finish this sentence: The leading run-scorer for England in World T20 is….
Well, here are the answers…how did you get on?
It was Yuvraj Singh who took such a liking to Broad’s bowling (Yuvraj’s 12-ball half century is currently the fastest).
You might expect a tailender to hold the record for failing to trouble the scorers but it is actually two explosive batsmen in Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan (jointly).
The top run-scorer for England in World T20 matches is Kevin Pietersen with 580.
Mahela Jayawardene leads the way overall with 1,016 runs, with Chris Gayle able to get close if he excels in the 2016 tournament.
BY JOHN FULLER