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With long formats of the game losing sheen and eyeballs around the world, cricketing authorities decided to introduce a ‘fun’ format comprising of 20 overs to be played in both innings. After the first international in 2005 played between Australia and New Zealand, a 16-team tournament was introduced for 2007 to be hosted by South Africa.
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India started their journey into World T20s in the most successful way. They emerged victorious in the first edition after beating arch rivals Pakistan to lift the trophy by 5 runs under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.
But the Men in Blue were not able to repeat their heroics in the later editions. In 2009, India were eliminated in the super-eight stages after losing all three games in this stage against West Indies, South Africa and England. The 2009 World T20 took place in England and was won by Pakistan.
The Calypso islands hosted the 2010 World T20 where the same old story was repeated by Indian team. They were again out of the contest in the super-eight stages after losing all three super-eight matches against Australia, Sri Lanka and West Indies. England went on to win the tournament.
In the 2012 edition, played in Sri Lanka, India crashed out again in the super-eight after having their chances reduced due to a poor net run rate. India did beat South Africa in the super-eight but it wasn’t enough to make the semi-finals. Later West Indies defeated Sri Lanka to clinch victory in the final.
Bangladesh got a chance to host World T20 in 2014. India and Sri Lanka made it to the Final but Sri Lanka emerged triumphant to win their first ever Twenty20 World cup.