The West Indies cricket team has won the T20 World Cup twice and they are the only country to lift the ICC T20 World Cup trophy on two different occasions. West Indies became world champions in 2012 and in 2016.
The T20 World Cup is the biggest and most prestigious competition in the shortest format of the sport in all of world cricket. Winning the World Cup remains a priority for almost every country and every player dreams of being a world champion.
West Indies have played in every single edition of the T20 World Cup. However, they were eliminated from the group stages of the 2007 T20 World Cup and the Caribbean nation also failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
Despite those failures, there has also been a lot of highs and successes for West Indies in this format of the sport. They are said to be the true pioneers and innovators of T20 cricket and revolutionised the way the game is played over the last decade, leaving the rest of the nations to play catch-up with West Indies’ methods.
However, West Indies’ glory years in T20 cricket seem to be behind them at this point. Without further ado, let’s talk about the two-time T20 World Cup winners and how they have performed over the years in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup:
How many times West Indies won T20 World Cup?
West Indies have won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on two occasions – in 2012 and 2016. In fact, they are the only team to win more than one T20 World Cup in history. Marlon Samuels led the way with the bat while Sunil Narine rocked Sri Lanka in the final of the 2012 T20 World Cup which was held in Colombo to secure the Caribbean side’s maiden T20 World Cup triumph.
It was followed by another famous World Cup win only four years later, and it proved to be an even more iconic affair. Needing 19 off the final over of the match, West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite etched his name in history by striking four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes’ bowling to secure a heist for West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
West Indies’ performance in T20 World Cup over the years
|T20 World Cup||Hosts||West Indies’ finish||Winners|
|2007||South Africa||Knocked out of group stage||India|
|2010||West Indies||Super 8 elimination||England|
|2012||Sri Lanka||Winners||West Indies|
|2021||UAE||Super 12 elimination||Australia|
2007 World Twenty20
(Hosts: South Africa | Winners: India)
West Indies had an underwhelming first appearance during the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007. In their first group stage match with South Africa, Chris Gayle stole the headlines by scoring the very first T20 World Cup century. However, the ton came in a losing cause as the Caribbean side went on to lose both their group stage matches with South Africa and Bangladesh by 8 wickets and 6 wickets respectively. With no wins from their first three matches, West Indies were eliminated from the T20 World Cup in 2007 in the very first round.
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2009 World Twenty20
(Hosts: England | Winners: Pakistan)
West Indies fared much better during the 2009 World T20 which was held in England. They finished second in their group behind Sri Lanka after defeating Australia thanks to Gayle’s knock of 88 off 50. In the Super 8 stage of the competition, West Indies were drawn in a group alongside South Africa, England, and West Indies. They finished second here once again after winning their matches against India and England, the latter by D/L method.
However, West Indies were handed a massive 57-run defeat by Sri Lanka in the semi-finals with Tillakaratne Dilshan playing an outrageous knock of 96* off 57 balls and Angelo Mathews taking three wickets.
2010 World Twenty20
(Hosts: West Indies | Winners: England)
The 2010 World T20 was held on home soil but West Indies had to suffer a Super 8 elimination here. They finished on top of their group with wins over both Ireland and England, but the hosts couldn’t make it count in the Super 8 stage. They finished third in their group also involving Australia, Sri Lanka and India and won just one of their three matches against India where Gayle scored 98 runs.
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2012 World Twenty20
(Hosts: Sri Lanka | Winners: West Indies)
West Indies’ woes and suffering after a bitter experience at the World Cup on home soil were finally put to rest as they won their maiden T20 World Cup trophy in Sri Lanka in 2012. They had a mixed group stage campaign losing once while another game ended without a result. West Indies only made it through to the next round on the basis of better NRR compared to Ireland.
They won two of their three matches in the Super 8 stage and finished second in their group behind hosts Sri Lanka following wins over England and New Zealand, the latter arriving in a Super Over. It was enough for West Indies to march through to the semi-finals where they defeated Australia by a massive margin of 74 runs in Colombo. Chris Gayle played yet another match-winning knock of 75* (41) as Ravi Rampaul also scalped three wickets to bowl out Australia for 131.
Facing hosts Sri Lanka in the final, West Indies were rocked by the bowling of Ajantha Mendis who took four wickets and it was thanks to Marlon Samuels’ fighting knock of 78 (56) that they were able to get to a respectable score of 137/6 in 20 overs.
However, West Indies struck early and Sunil Narine, in the form of his life, bowled a terrific spell of 3/9 to bundle out the opposition for just 101, resulting in a comprehensive 36-run win for West Indies.
2014 World Twenty20
(Hosts: Bangladesh | Winners: Sri Lanka)
West Indies had another successful campaign during the 2014 World T20. This time, they had directly qualified to the Super 10 stage of the competition and with three wins and a loss in their four matches, they finished second in the table behind India and progressed to the semi-finals.
However, Sri Lanka managed to exact revenge from their loss in the final to West Indies two years earlier and defeated them by 27 runs in a rain-interrupted encounter in the semis. Sri Lanka then went on to beat India in emphatic fashion during the final in Dhaka and became T20 World champions for the first time.
2016 World Twenty20
(Hosts: India | Winners: West Indies)
West Indies would return to the top of the world once again, this time during the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup held in India. They finished on top of their group in the Super 10 stage with three wins and a defeat from their four matches. Their only defeat during this stage arrived against Afghanistan who pulled off a major upset and won by six runs.
Despite that, they went through to the semi-finals where they came face-to-face with hosts India. Led by yet another inspired Virat Kohli performance with the bat, India posted a challenging total of 192/2 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. However, West Indies were undeterred and thanks to Lendl Simmons’ strong 82* (51) as well as ill-disciplined bowling from India, they won in the final over and made the highest successful run-chase in a knockout match of a World Twenty20 tournament.
West Indies met England in the final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and Carlos Brathwaite’s 3/23 in four overs helped them restrict England to a total of 155/9. Marlon Samuels, finishing with 85* (66), made the highest score in a World T20 final, but it required Carlos Brathwaite smacking four sixes off the first four balls off the final over bowled by Ben Stokes in order to secure victory for West Indies and a second T20 World Cup crown.
2021 Men’s T20 World Cup
(Hosts: UAE | Winners: Australia)
Five years on from their last T20 World Cup conquest, West Indies had yet another forgettable campaign, this time in the United Arab Emirates. With many of their seniors in the twilight of their career and playing their final T20 World Cup, the Caribbean side were only able to win one of their five matches in the Super 12 stage and were eliminated after the first round.
How are West Indies performing in T20 World Cup 2022?
West Indies have already been eliminated from the T20 World Cup 2022 as they lost in the qualifiers and failed to make it to the Super 12 stage.
Who won the first T20 World Cup?
Team India hold the honour of becoming the first T20 World Cup champions after winning the tournament in South Africa in 2007.
How many times have West Indies won the Cricket World Cup?
West Indies have won the Cricket World Cup on two occasions and were actually the first world champions in this format.
Who is West Indies T20 captain?
Nicholas Pooran is the captain of West Indies in the T20 format.