Even though T20 cricket was experimented with in the mid 2000s, it only became a serious commodity that all the member boards bought into, after the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. In fact, of all the countries, India, which even at that time contributed the major share of revenue was the most apprehensive nation when it came to T20 cricket.
However, the 2007 World Cup happened, the seniors pulled out of the competition, but as fate would have it, India emerged victorious. From then on, history as we knew it, changed. The power of T20 cricket intertwined with sheer demand of cricket in the country made for a gorgeous cocktail, called IPL.
Since then however, India hasn’t fared really well in the World T20 and in the immediate aftermath, a Dhoni led team, failed to win a single group stage match in the 2009 and 2010 editions. Having said that, it was Suresh Raina who finally broke the hoodoo in the 2010 World T20 and India got its first ever centurion in T20Is.
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