There’s no doubt about the fact that T20 cricket is head and shoulders above ODIs and Tests in terms of popularity. It is afterall an exhibition match full of big hits, entertainment, drama, and lasts just about 3 hours. The fans have witnessed several unbelievable moments in T20 cricket ever since its advent back in 2005.
Talking about the history of this format, the first-ever T20I happened in 2005 between Australia and New Zealand. Here’s a look at the five things you might have forgotten about the first-ever T20 international match.
1. T20 cricket wasn’t intended to played Internationally
The T20 format was brought only to make domestic cricket more intriguing. There were no plans to use it at the international level. However, ICC took a gamble and it payed off more than just well!
2. Both teams did not play seriously
As per multiple players who participated in the match between Australia and New Zealand, they took it as an exhibition match and were not seriously sweating throughout the contest.
3. Billy Bowden’s famous red card to Glenn McGrath
A red card is often seen in sports like hockey and football. In cricket, it is hardly ever seen. However, since the match was played lightly, even the umpire Billy Bowden tried his best to make it more interesting by giving Aussie legend Glenn Mcgrath a red card.
4. Under-arm ball by Glenn McGrath
The reason why Glenn McGrath got a red card was that he bowled an underarm delivery. Sadly, he became the first player to receive a red card in cricket because of that.
5. Ricky Ponting missed his hundred by just two runs
Australian captain Ricky Ponting played a stunning knock of 98* runs for Australia in history’s first ever T20I. The legendary batsman fell only two runs short of what could have been an incredible achievement on debut.