The T20 format of the game has gone viral over the last decade. It has taken over the world of cricket because of its entertainment value. Many cricketing nations now have a very strong domestic circuit for this format. This makes the upcoming T20 World Cup an even more challenging affair, with almost all teams participating in the tournament having equal chances to shine.
The growing popularity of the game has changed the way it is played. The amount of T20 cricket played all around the world has changed the way the game is played. This has put many T20 records in danger in the next World Cup. Here is a list of 5 records that can be broken in the T20 World Cup to be played in India in 2016.
Records can be broken at World T20 2016
The way the game is played in the modern era, all batting records are at danger. Earlier this year, South Africa and West Indies played a record breaking game in Johannesburg. South Africa set WI a target of 232 thanks to a century by Faf du Plessis. However, Gayle and company with his 90 chased down the target with 4 balls to spare. This game produced 467 runs on the day and is a record that can be broken in the World Cup.
Most Sixes in an Innings
Sixes have become a norm in T20. Not many batsmen are bothered about fielders on the boundary as they often back themselves to clear the field. This has made six hitting a regular part of the game. In 2014, Netherlands butchered the Ireland bowlers in a T20 game in Sylhet. The Dutch were in prime form hitting 19 sixes in an innings. This still stands as the record for highest number of sixes by a team in a match. But with the modern game, this record might be broken more than once in the World Cup.
Scoring runs has never been this easy in the history of cricket. Almost every player who gets in to bat for a better part of the 20 overs has a chance of scoring a ton in this format. The time taken to score centuries has reduced drastically over the last few years. The 45 ball century by Richard Levi of South Africa at Hamilton is under imminent danger as a lot of batsmen are capable of breaking the record.
Most Runs from Boundaries
Boundaries are the quickest way of scoring runs and in a T20 game; it is the most important source of runs. Hitting boundaries has never looked as easy as it is in the present time. With batsmen looking for quick runs, practically every ball can go all the way. This will put Aaron Finch’s record under great danger. Finch scored 128 runs in boundaries, out of his 156 at Southampton in 2013. This is one record that can be broken during the next T20 World Cup.
Man of the Match Awards
The game of cricket though played between 22 players, the man of the match is the award that sets a good performance apart from a match winning one. The most important contribution for a team is usually from the winner of this award. It needs a lot of consistency to hold the record for the most number of MOTM awards.
Shahid Afridi now holds the record with 9 ‘man of the match’ awards in 80 games. But the Caribbean hard hitter, Chris Gayle is not far behind with 8 awards from just 45 matches. There might be good competition between the two maverick batsmen and we might easily see the record broken come the end of the World Cup next year.
This edition of the T20 promises to be far more energetic and exciting than the previous versions.