Pakistan won even after losing; the record due to which this T20 World Cup will be remembered
The seventh T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman have ended with a victory for Australia, but the World Cup, which lasts less than a month and a few days, will be remembered by fans for many reasons.
Let's take a look at the records that were set in the middle of this T20 World Cup.
Records of Muhammad Rizwan and Babar Azam
Pakistani cricket team wicketkeeper opener Mohammad Rizwan's performance in this T20 World Cup was very good and he also set several new records.
Mohammad Rizwan has become the highest-scoring batsman in a calendar year in all matches of this format, including the International T20.
Earlier, Chris Gayle held the world record for most T20I runs in a calendar year, scoring 1665 runs in 36 innings of 36 matches in 2015.
The record is now held by Mohammad Rizwan, who has scored 1743 runs in 39 innings of 42 matches played this year and is now part of the Pakistani team in the series against Bangladesh.
Mohammad Rizwan also got the unique honor of being the first batsman to score 1000 runs in a calendar year even in T20 International.
So far this year, he has scored 1,033 runs in 23 Twenty20 Internationals, including one century and ten half-centuries.
Rizwan's opening partner and Pakistani captain Babar Azam were also not far behind. He has scored 1666 runs in 37 innings of 40 matches in the T20 format this year and is the second-highest run-scorer in a single year.
In the International T20, Babar Azam has scored 826 runs so far.
The previous record for most Twenty20 international runs in a calendar year was held by Paul Sterling of Ireland who scored 748 runs in 2019.
Most Century Partnerships
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have so far formed five-century partnerships in T20 International matches which is the highest number of century partnerships of any pair in T20 International.
Babar and Rizwan have four of these century partnerships for the first wicket while they have established a century partnership for the second wicket.
It is noteworthy that the two have formed all these century partnerships in the same year, two of which have been made in this T20 World Cup.
India's Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul, New Zealand's Ken Williamson and Martin Guptill and India's Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the three couples who have formed four four-century partnerships in T20 International.
Captain's most half-centuries
Babar Azam has also become the captain to score the most half-centuries in T20 Internationals.
India's Virat Kohli had scored 13 half-centuries as captain, while Babar Azam has scored 15 half-centuries since the tournament.
Winning for the first time by ten wickets
Pakistan defeated India by ten wickets in a match played in Dubai. Pakistan had a target of 152 runs to win which they achieved in the 18th over.
It was the first time that Pakistan had won a T20 International match by ten wickets and it was also the first time that an Indian team had lost a T20 International match by ten wickets.
Shoaib Malik's fastest half-century
Shoaib Malik completed his half-century off 18 balls against Scotland in Sharjah. This is Pakistan's fastest half-century in T20 International.
The previous record was held by Umar Akmal, who completed a half-century off 21 balls against Australia in Egbiston in 2010.
Big performances of small teams
Apart from the Pakistan cricket team, this tournament will also be remembered for the excellent performances of a few smaller teams.
The T20 World Cup started with a qualifying round in Oman in which eight teams participated.
Four of the eight teams qualified for the final round, the Super 12, which includes Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Scotland, and Namibia.
It is noteworthy that the Irish team with Test status failed to make it to the Super 12.
Namibia surprised everyone with its excellent performance in this global event. Namibia had previously participated in the 2003 50-over World Cup, which was its first ICC World Cup in 18 years.
Namibia defeated the Netherlands by six wickets in the qualifying round before advancing to the Super 12 round with an eight-wicket victory over Ireland.
Scotland won all three of its matches in the qualifying round, including a memorable six-run win over Bangladesh.
The fall of the West Indies
The West Indies cricket team came to the T20 World Cup as the defending champions but due to poor performance in the tournament, they will now play in the qualifying round of the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.
The West Indies have won just one of their group five matches and lost four.
In the match against England, the West Indies were bowled out for just 55, their second-lowest score in international T20 cricket.
The West Indies team failed to live up to the expectations of their experienced players.
UNIVERSE BOSS “CHRIS GAYLE” :
Chris Gayle was able to score only 45 runs in five matches in which his best individual score was 15.
When no runs were scored, sixes were scored Where do they come from? Only three sixes were recorded next to his name in the entire tournament.
This disappointing performance of Chris Gayle, popularly known as 'Universe Boss', was a surprise to everyone.
Although he has not announced a formal retirement, he has read the graffiti and if his international career continues, it will be no more surprising.
Chris Gayle's longtime friend Dwayne Bravo, however, has announced his retirement from international T20 cricket.
Dwayne Bravo, who has taken the most 553 wickets in all T20 format matches, could take only two wickets in this World Cup.
Nightmare for West Indies
This T20 World Cup also proved to be a nightmare for West Indies captain Pollard and he managed to score only 90 runs in five matches.
Similarly, all-rounder, Andre Russell managed to score only 25 runs in five matches and the number of wickets he took was three.