Men’s T20 World Cup Winners List from 2007 to 2021

Men's T20 World Cup Winners List

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup (previously known as ICC World Twenty20) is a T20 cricket championship played between all the major International cricket teams of the world. The International Cricket Council (ICC) organizes this International tournament approximately every two years. Cricket fans all around the world eagerly wait for the popular tournament. We will have to wait and see which team engraves their name in Men’s T20 World Cup Winners List this year and which team will be left behind.

The seventh ICC Men’s T20 World cup will take place after a long break of 5 years. It was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 in Australia but got delayed due to the Coronavirus. That edition will now take place in 2022.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be held between 17 October 2021 and 14 November 2021, while being hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Originally, the 2021 edition was scheduled to take place in India but due to the condition of COVID in India, BCCI took the decision to change venues from India to UAE (also the hosts for the second leg of IPL 2021).

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Men’s T20 World Cup Winners List

YearHostChampionsRunner up
2007South AfricaIndiaPakistan
2009EnglandPakistanSri Lanka
2010West IndiesEnglandAustralia
2012Sri LankaWest IndiesSri Lanka
2014BangladeshSri LankaIndia
2016IndiaWest IndiesEngland
2018Not HeldNoneNone

T20 World Cup Champions through the years

The ICC T20 World Cup is held almost every two years. The tournament has been played 6 times so far. The First Edition of the T20 World Cup was played in 2007 in South Africa The current title holders West Indies are the only team to have won the tournament on more than one occasion.

2007 ICC World Cup Twenty20: India

Indian team- Winners of T20 World Cup 2007

The ICC T20 World Cup 2007 tournament plays a stagnant role in the T20 world cup history as it’s the birth of twenty over World Cup. South Africa hosted the tournament and 12 teams fought for the trophy. India won the trophy by defeating Pakistan in the finals and registered their name as the first winners in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Winners List.

The tournament witnessed immense success as fans witnessed the world’s best cricketers playing in the new format. This is the same tournament wherein Yuvraj Singh famously hit Stuart Broad for six 6’s in one over in a 12-ball 50!

The finale was full of excitement and tension concurrently as the match went to the last over with Pakistan requiring 13 runs to win and India 1 wicket. India won the match by 5 runs.

2009 ICC World Cup Twenty20: Pakistan

Pakistan Team- Winners of T20 World Cup 2009

England was the host for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and they were embarrassed in the opening game as they lost to the Netherlands in a final ball thriller. Another shock was Australia who failed to progress through to the Super 8s despite usually being so consistent in international tournaments.

Previous world champions India had a very disappointing World Twenty20 as they lost all their matches in the Super 8 stage.

Pakistan made it through to their second consecutive final which they won against Sri Lanka with eight balls to spare. Shahid Afridi scored 54* from his 40 balls, while Tillakaratne Dilshan finished as the player of the tournament with a total of 317 runs.

2010 ICC World Cup Twenty20England

England Team- Winners of T20 World Cup 2010

West Indies was the host of the third edition of ICC World Twenty20. England won the title of ICC World Cup 2010. It was England’s first major limited-overs trophy.

India lost every match in the Super 8 stage, for the second tournament in a row. Australia worked hard to win the tournament along with Dirk Nannes, who took 14 wickets in the entire tournament. But, England was invincible and defeated Australia with a massive 148 runs in the final. The Player of the tournament was Kevin Pietersen.

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2012 ICC World Cup Twenty20: West Indies

West Indies- Winners of 2012 ICC World Cup Twenty20

The 2012 ICC world cup T20 included the same twelve teams that played in the 2010 edition along with Afghanistan and Ireland joining the ten full members. In the entire tournament, Shane Watson was the leading run-scorer of the tournament with a total of 249 runs.

It was the same edition where Chris Gayle once again showed everyone his batting prowess by striking a total of 16 sixes in the tournament, the most scored by any player so far. The trophy was won by the Windies for the first time and registered their names in the Men’s T20 World Cup Winners List. They defeated Sri Lanka in the final by 36 runs.

2014 ICC World Cup T20: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Team- Winners of 2014 ICC World Cup T20

The 2014 ICC World Cup T20 edition witnessed a major alteration of expanded teams. It was the first in history to feature 16 teams together with all ten full members and six associate members who needed to qualify for the tournament. This was the tournament in which countries like Nepal, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates made their debut.

It was also special as Bangladesh hosted its first World Cup and the fans witnessed major records broken, commendable performances, and massive surprises. The Sri Lankan bowling attack including Malinga, Mendis, and Mathews enthralled every stadium throughout the tournament.

Furthermore, the Netherlands again stunned the world; defeating England by 45 runs.

The final was fought between India and Sri Lanka in which the latter won the trophy. Kumar Sangakkara help his nation win their first trophy as they defeated India by six wickets.

2016 ICC World Cup Twenty20West Indies

West Indies Team- Winners of 2016 ICC World Cup Twenty20

This tournament will be always remembered for its irreplaceable last over in the finale. Carlos Brathwaite smashed Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the last over and won the trophy for the West Indies. “Carlos Brathwaite, remember the name.”

India hosted the 2016 World Twenty20 and again the tournament constituted with 16 teams competing like last time.

The finale was between England and the Windies which the latter won. West Indies became the only team with two trophies to their name in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Winners List. The match was epic as both the teams fought vigorously and become the first team to win more than one World T20 title.

ICC T20 World Cup 2018: Who won T20 World Cup 2018?

In May 2016, the ICC put forward the idea of having ICC T20 World Cup 2018, with South Africa being the possible host. But at the conclusion of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, the ICC dropped the idea of the 2018 edition. So there was no ICC T20 World Cup in 2018 and no 2018 t20 world cup winner.

Infographic on T20 World Cup History

Infographic illustrating the T20 World Cup History

India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup History 

India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup History

Despite the cold war between both the Asian countries, India vs Pakistan match has always been very exciting in all the tournaments. Originated during the Partition of British India into India and Pakistan in the year 1947, both nations have tense relations but also share a common cricketing heritage.

When asked, fans say that they just can’t miss India vs Pakistan as it is an emotion. 2007 India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup history has its own legacy. Both the team reached the finals after beating their strong opponents. Team India won the first-ever ICC T20 trophy by defeating Pakistan in the climax.

2007 India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup history

To date, India and Pakistan have played only 5 matches in the T20 World Cup history. India boasts a record of 5-0 against Pakistan in all the matches. Both arch-rivals last played in the ICC World Cup 2019 where the Indian team won the match by 89 runs.

List of India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup History 

YearResultMan of the Match
T20 World Cup 2007Match tied (India won in the Super-over)Mohammad Asif took 4 wickets for 18 runs.
T20 World Cup 2007Team India won by 5 runs (Final)Irfan Pathan took 3 wickets for 16 runs
T20 World Cup 2012Team India won by 8 wicketsVirat Kohli scored 78 Runs and not out)
T20 World Cup 2014Team India won by 7 wicketsAmit Mishra took 2 wickets
T20 World Cup 2016India won by 6 wicketsVirat Kohli scored 55 runs in 37 balls

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History of Women’s T20 World Cup

History of Women’s T20 World Cup

Similar to ICC Men’s T20 tournaments, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is also the two-yearly international competition for women’s Twenty20 International Cricket. Cricket’s governing body – International Cricket Council (ICC), organizes the event.

The first edition in the History of women’s T20 World Cup starts in 2009. England was the host for the first edition. In the initial three tournaments, there were only eight teams, but the number has risen to ten from the 2014 edition and onwards.

Australia has won the tournament 5 times by making themselves invincible in the Women’s T20 World Cup Winners List. In 2020, the seventh edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup was held in Australia from 21st February to 8th March 2020.

Melbourne Cricket Ground hosted the final on International Women’s Day. The host country won the title 5th time by defeating India by 85 runs. Even after being beaten by Australia in the finals, it was a huge achievement for the team India as it was the first team in the history of women’s T20 World Cup to qualify for the semi-finals, after owning three wins from their first three matches.

History of Women’s T20 World Cup: A Complete List 

2009EnglandNew ZealandEngland won by 6 wicketsEngland
2010AustraliaNew ZealandAustralia won by 3 runsWest Indies
2012Australia EnglandAustralia won by 4 runsSri Lanka
2014Australia EnglandAustralia won by 6 wicketsBangladesh
2016West IndiesAustralia West Indies won by 8 wicketsIndia
2018AustraliaEngland Australia won by 8 wicketsWest Indies
2020AustraliaIndiaAustralia won by 85 runsAustralia
2022South Africa

Quick History of Men’s T20 World Cup Champions List

Known by fewer, the main aim of introducing the T20 Cricket world cup was to find an alternative to the Benson and Hedges Cup. Furthermore, ICC was looking for a tournament that was fast-paced especially for those fans who had problems with longer versions of the tournament.

Therefore, ECB Marketing Manager Stuart Robertson in England proposed the T20 World Cup that not only helped ICC to restore diminishing fans but also boosted the number of sponsors.

The first tournament was played in the year 2007, which was won by team India against Pakistan in South Africa. Since then, the tournament is played every two years with the exception that the ICC 50-Over World cup should not fall under the same year. West Indies are the present T20 World Cup holders, defeating England in the final of the T20 World Cup 2016 tournament and have won the tournament twice.

The T20 World Cup history goes back to the year 2002 when the Benson & Hedges Cup ended, and the ECB was seeking a one-day match competition in its place. Earlier known as ICC World Twenty20, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup took its international inception in 2007.

The authorities together came to the conclusion that the tournament will be played every two years, unless in the event of an ICC Cricket World Cup being accidentally arranged the same year. In that case, the T20 tournament will be held the year before.

T20 World Cup History Background: How did it start?

In the year 2002, the Benson & Hedges Cup came to an end. In order to find its better alternative, the ECB needed another one-day tournament to fill its place.

Furthermore, the aim was to implement such a tournament that will become a fad for the youth in alluring massive crowds and increase sponsorships. The history of the T20 World Cup is a success story in itself as they successfully accomplished their motto of exhibiting fast-paced, exciting cricket matches accessible to countless fans who were put off by the longer versions of the game.

The marketing manager of the ECB, Stuart Robertson presented a 20 over per innings game to county chairmen in the year 2001 and the match was decided with 11–7 votes in favor of adopting the new format. The first international tournament was held in 2007, South Africa in the history ICC t20 world cup and was won by team India by beating Pakistan in the finals. 

First-ever 20 Over Tournaments in T20 World Cup History

History of T20 world cup

Fewer people know that the first official Twenty20 matches in the history of the ICC T20 world cup were played on 13 June 2003 between the English counties.

The first tournament witnessed humongous success. In July 2004, the match held at Lord’s and played between Middlesex and Surrey lured a crowd of 27,509, the largest attendance for any county cricket game gathered ever after a one-day final since 1953.

The immense success of the aforementioned domestic tournament played a huge role in the history of the T20 World cup. This provoked other cricket boards to jump on the bandwagon and the popularity of the format gained unexpected crowd attendance by many folds.

It also provoked the commencement of new domestic tournaments like Pakistan’s Faysal Bank T20 Cup and Stanford 20/20 tournament while exponentially increasing the financial incentive.

The West Indies domestic teams competed in the Stanford 20/20 tournament, financially supported by convicted fraudster Allen Stanford. He funded the team with at least US $28,000,000 money, the result of his enormous Ponzi scheme. 

T20 World Cup Winners from 2007-2020: Summary

T20 World Cup List of Winners

From the foundation of the T20 Championship in 2007, there have been only six tournaments so far in which West Indies has been the T20 World Cup Champion twice.

The team presently holds the proud title. The inaugural ICC T20 world cup 2007 was hosted by South Africa and won by the Indian team. In the final match of the T20 world cup 2007, the Indian team became the first T20 world cup winner by defeating Pakistan in Johannesburg at the Wanderers Stadium.

Whereas, in the T20 world cup 2009 final Pakistan made their comeback by winning the championship defeating Sri Lanka at the Mecca of Cricket–Lords. The third edition of the T20 World Cup took place in 2010 and was hosted by many small countries, which make the West Indies cricket team.

In Barbados at Kensington Oval, England defeated Australia, the T20 world cup 2020 host, and won the first-ever international tournament.

In 2012, the fourth T20 cricket world cup was held in Asia for the first time where all the matches were played in Sri Lanka. The West Indies won the league by defeating the home team in the finale.

The fifth edition took place in Bangladesh in which Sri Lanka grabbed the trophy by defeating India. Sri Lanka is also the team, which has reached the finals thrice and tried hard to enlist their name among ICC Men’s T20 World Cup winners.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2016 was won again by West Indies by beating England in the climax and became the first team that has won ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Winners trophy twice.

Quick Facts about the T20 world cup winners

  • First Edition: 2007
  • Next Edition: 2021
  • Scheduled Date: 17th October to 14th November
  • Current Edition: Seventh
  • First T20 World Cup Winner: India by defeating Pakistan
  • Last T20 World Cup Winner: West Indies defeated England in 2016
  • First Runner-up: Pakistan
  • Current T20 World Cup champion: West Indies
  • Team with most titles: West Indies
  • Administrator: International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • Format: Twenty20 International
  • Current Number of teams: 16
  • Number of Tournaments: 6
  • ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2021 host Nation: India(Held in UAE due to COVID)
  • Most Runs: 1016 runs scored by Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka
  • Most Wickets: 39 wickets taken by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi

*This article was last updated on 21st October 2021.