Revisited: Memorable moments from cricket’s T20 world cups

The seventh edition of cricket’s Twenty20 World Cup kicked off on Sunday.

The T20 format faced opposition when it started making inroads into international cricket in the 2000s as many experts questioned the competitiveness of the latest version and the need.

However, the format is now witnessing it’s seventh World Cup taking place in the space of 14 years, a figure that took ODIs 24 years (1975 to 1999).

Al Jazeera takes a look at some memorable moments from the past six T20 World Cup (formerly called World T20) editions:

1. It was ‘Gaylestorm’ in Johannesburg – 2007

Arguably the best batsman of the T20 format, Chris Gayle of the West Indies came out all guns blazing, smashing the format’s first-ever century in the opening game of the first Twenty20 World Cup in 2007.

The Caribbean power-hitter blasted a 57-ball 117, including 10 sixes and seven boundaries to lift his side to a huge total of 205 in Johannesburg.

But the West Indian bowlers failed to defend the target as Proteas finished the match with 14 balls to spare after losing just two wickets, thanks to a 90-run blitz by Herschelle Gibbs and a 22-ball 46 runs from Justin Kemp.

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