world-twenty20-2014-logoThe World Twenty20 has quickly turned into one of the most exciting and popular international cricket tournaments. The competition is sanctioned by the ICC (International Cricket Council) and it was first run in 2007.

Unlike the majority of ‘world’ competitions, the World Twenty20 actually runs every two years as opposed to every four years. This is probably mainly due to the interest in which Twenty20 cricket now receives and as a result, has allowed the ICC to cash in on what’s probably their biggest revenue making competition these days.

The tournament includes the 10 highest ranked teams in the world, plus two additional wildcards who have to qualify. It starts off with four groups of three teams with the top two from each group qualifying for the Super 8. This is essentially the quarter-final stage, and from here the winners progress to the semi-final, then final.

History of the World Twenty20

Out of the four previous World Twenty20 tournaments, there have actually been no repeat winners with India, Pakistan, England and West Indies each picking up a win each. Interestingly, no team has won the competition on home soil.

Whilst the competition is officially held every two years, in 2009 and 2010 it held back to back competitions at both England and the West Indies. From there though, the ICC agreed that the two year period between competitions would be much more sustainable as not to lose the aura around the competition.

With so few Word Twenty20 tournaments that have run and four teams each winning a single title, it’s hard to say which has been the most dominant over the years. If one team stood out it would probably be Pakistan. Their win record is that of 63.46% and they have one title with runners up medal and two semi-final appearances.

World Twenty20 Records

As with all of these Twenty20 competitions, some of the records and stats that are on offer are simply mind blowing. Let’s start with the batting;

Mahela Jayewardene is the highest run scorer with 858 runs from just 25 matches played. He also holds records for the highest partnership with Kumar Sangakara of 166 and the most boundaries in the tournament of 62.

The highest individual batting score comes from New Zealand’s Brendan McCullum with a huge 123 from just 58 balls versus Bangladesh in 2012. It’s probably of little surprise to hear that Chris Gayle, one of the best limited over batsmen to have played the game, has a boat load of records to his names as well. He is has the most scores of 50+ (7), highest strike rate (152.29), most sixes (43), most sixes in a single tournament of 16 and most sixes in a single match of 10. The highest score of 36 in a single over was scored by Yuvraj Singh of India versus England in 2007. The unlucky bowler was Stuart Broad!

Bowling wise it’s the speed daemon that is Lasith Malinga from Sri Lanka that has 33 wickets from the four tournaments he has played in. The best bowling figures come from Mendis of Sri Lanka with an unbelievable 6-8 from just 4 overs against Zimbabwe.

Where to bet and markets to look out for

The nature of the Twenty20 format brings one of two things for bettors; fast paced action and a plethora of betting markets. This tournament is actually one of the most popular and most decorated in the cricketing calendar these days. It’s for that reason why the majority of bookmakers will be offering comprehensive markets.

Whilst usually we go with the bigger players for the majority of tournaments such as bet365, BetVictor and William Hill, the scope of the World Twenty20 means that you can afford to look further afield. We are actually going to recommend ComeOn and mainly because they offer a decent range of markets and likely will be an account most don’t have so can take advantage of their free bet promotions. They will also turn out to be pretty competitive odds wise, so don’t feel as though you will be losing any value.

As with all twenty20 games, the markets to target for these types of bets will vary. You want to be looking at things such as most sixes, opening partnerships and highest run scorers. A lot of the damage is done at the start of each innings for twenty20 matches meaning that you will likely learn your fate pretty early on. But, taking that into consideration, we would recommend live betting, although be prepared for some fast and furious betting action.

We’ve had success previously with taking on the likes of your Chris Gayle’s, Kieron Pollard’s and Kevin Pietersen’s in the sixes market, especially against the smaller teams. Keep an eye out for low or high scoring grounds as well; you will be surprised just how true to form ground averages can be!