A stunning performance from Sri Lanka in the WT20 final helped give two of their idols, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, the perfect ending to their T20I careers.
Having missed out so many times in the past – they had finished as runners-up in four of the last five limited-over World Cups – Sri Lanka finally got over the line in chasing down India’s 130 to win by six wickets.
Their heart-warming plight will breed confidence into the likes of South Africa, who have their own long-standing chokers tag to shake having never made a World Cup final despite reaching the semis in five 20-over and 50-over tournaments.
However, a trend has developed over the past four renditions of the T20 World Cup that means it should be Bangladesh that are most excited about the start of the 2016 version.
Ever since 2009, the host nation of the tournament has gone on to win the next running of it and with the Tigers a 33/1 shot to win in India in 2016, it’s certainly worth having a punt that the stat continues.
England kicked the stat off having played hosts in 2009 before travelling to the West Indies and claiming victory under Paul Collingwood the following year.
Darren Sammy’s group of power hitters then broke Sri Lankan hearts when they beat them in their own back yard in the 2012 final, defending 137/6 by bowling the host nation out for just 101.
However, Sangakkara, Jayawardene and co recovered from that setback to seal their first major tournament win since the 1996 50-over triumph this year.
With Bangladesh hosting a remarkable tournament this time around, where they qualified for the second round but failed to win a game in the second stage of the tournament, they are now set to make history in claiming their first ever trophy.
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