The Numbers Game
3: Only three teams have lifted this World Cup till date, with England, Australia and the West Indies etching their place in history.
3: The English have lost the most World T20 finals after prevailing in the very first instalment. Interestingly, all three losses have come at the hands of their eternal nemesis, Australia.
4: Hosts and favourites Australia have won the World T20 on four occasions, three of which came consecutively between 2010 and 2014. They are also the defending champions, having been crowned winners last time around in the Caribbean.
5: for 5 The best figures by any bowler at the World T20, a product of an inexorable spell by West Indian Deandra Dottin against Bangladesh in 2018.
7: This year marks the seventh edition of the women’s T20 World Cup, which was launched in 2009, two years after the men’s version witnessed its opening run. 2020 is the first time Australia are hosting the tournament, with the West Indies being the only nation to have organised the competition twice (2010, 2016).
7: The number of matches Australia and England have lost in World T20 history, the joint-lowest for any team.
13: England’s Anya Shrubsole was unstoppable in 2014 as she picked up 13 wickets, the most for any bowler at a single World T20.
16: Jenny Gunn from England has been the most successful fielder in the history of the competition, with 16 catches against her name, between 2009 and 2016.
18: Although this is the women’s World Cup, men can still be seen operating on the field, in the capacity of umpires, a role South Africa’s Marais Erasmus has featured in for a record 18 times at these world championships, though he will not be officiating in Australia.
20: The greatest number of dismissals claimed from behind the stumps, accredited to New Zealand’s Rachel Priest.
22: The West Indian women have always possessed plenty of batting firepower, but perhaps nobody has been as destructive as Deandra Dottin, the hitter of most World T20 sixes with 22.
24: England’s former captain Charlotte Edwards led in more World T20 matches than anyone else, while of the present skippers, Australia’s Meg Lanning has the most experience, with 18 matches to her leadership credit, including the victorious final of 2018.
36: Australia’s Miss Versatile, Ellyse Perry has registered more wickets than anyone else in World T20 cricket, and will surely add to her list of victims on home soil.
46: The miserly total that Bangladesh stuttered to against a rampant West Indian attack in 2018, making it the lowest score in World T20 history.
126: The top-most individual score at the World T20, belonging to Meg Lanning and notched up at the expense of Ireland in 2014.
163*: The highest partnership in World T20 history, stitched together by the South African pair of Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk, against Pakistan in 2014.
257: The highest tally of runs accumulated by a batswoman in a single edition of the World T20, amassed by the dexterous Meg Lanning of Australia.
354: India and New Zealand kicked-off the 2018 instalment in style with a run fest, whose aggregate score of 354 remains unmatched at the World T20.
881: New Zealand’s iconic Suzie Bates holds the record for most runs in the history of the women’s T20 World Cup, though her stellar showings with the bat are yet to yield a title for her nation.
100,000: The potential size of the audience in attendance for the 2020 final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, as this year’s World Cup culminates on March 8, the occasion of International Women’s Day.
$1 million: The prize money in store for the winners of the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, with the runners-up pocketing $500,000, five times more than the rewards on offer in 2018.