Many a times, bigger and necessarily, the stronger nations, failed to comply with the demands that their countrymen had encroached upon them. From the optimistic point of view, even the giant Colossus collapsed in the hands of the fellow intruders. So, better consider it to be just ‘not India’s day’, and let it pass by. In today’s match, India crumbled for 105 runs but it is not their lowest ODI total. Still, here is a list of India’s 10 such lowest totals compiled together.

103 – On 29th August, 2008, the men in blue got out for a just score of 54 runs. Came down to chase a decent total, Dhoni and Co. Struggled poorly and could barely manage to put up their show till the end of some 26.3 overs. Sri Lanka picked up an added advantage with the edge of their home ground Colombo.

103 – It was Sri Lanka again cruising through with their lethal bowling attack. At the venue of Dambulla, the Lankans showed their true colours as the Indian batting line-up failed miserably to put up some strokes from their wooden ammunitions. The Indians arrived to bat first and their innings crippled within the 34th over. 22nd August, 2010 observed another helpless defeat of the Indian side in front of the mighty Lankans.

100 – Post the 1992 World Cup; it was India’s another batting failure. On 16th November, 1993 and on the home ground of Ahmedabad, it looked as if the entire Indian team was enjoying their vacation and playing some sort of beach cricket. India went to chase a not-so-huge total of 202 runs made up by the Carribean side, but ultimately compiled within the 29th over. Benjamin and Hooper took up the main responsibility to destroy the Indian batting so early.  

100 – On the foreign soil of Sydney in early-2000, the Australian team took out the Indian team on a much lighter note. The Indian came out to bat first and were dismantled poorly by the heavyweight Aussie bowling. McGrath and Symonds did the majority of the job done by taking 4 wickets each.

91 – On November, 2006, the South African side at their home ground, Durban,  extirpated the Indian batting side to a minimal of 91 runs. India came to bat second, chasing a total of 249 runs made out easily by Jacques Kallis’ century. The fun fact did not end here. Jacques Kallis finally sealed India’s fate by talking 3 wickets, following Andre Nel’s 4-wicket haul.

88 – It was a tri-series held between Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand. Held on Dambulla, the Indian side came down to chase a steep total of 89 runs, but failed miserably in front of the heavy bowling attack of the kiwis. Daryl Tuffey took 3 wickets, followed by Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills who took 2 wickets each. The match was held on 10th August, 2010.

79 – It was a bilateral series between the two rival nations, India and Pakistan. The match was played on October 1978 at the home venue of Pakistan, Sialkot. The Indian side chose to bat, but barely managed to put up a mild score of 79 runs. Hasan Jamil took 3 wickets followed by Saleem Altaf and Sikander Bakht who took 2 wickets each. Pakistan won the watch by 8 wickets with 139 balls remaining.

78 – It was the Indian soil at Kanpur that witnessed a humiliating defeat of the Indian team, particularly, the Indian batting side. Came down to bat second after the Lankans scored a just total of 195 runs, the Indian side failed like anything. Arjun Ranatunga, usually known as a batsman, took 4 wickets in just 6 overs. Ravi Ratnayeke took 3 wickets alongside, and sealed off India’s fate within the 25th over. The match was held on 24th December, 1986.

63 – It was against the Australian team in the 1980s. With 2 months before the World Cup, the Indian batting decrepitated badly in front of the baggy green attack. The Sydney ground stood clapping, celebrating the victory of its boys, while the poor Indian side collapsed within the 26th over.

54 – 29th October, 2000 is considered to be the darkest day in the history of the Indian cricket. The Indian came down to chase, but the ‘Men In Blue’ suffered their biggest defeat in the Sharjah Cup final against the mightier Lankans. The Indian innings got wrapped up within some 26th overs as none of the Indian batsmen could manage to play sensibly. To be optimistic, it was not India’s day after all.

India’s 10 lowest totals in ODIs:

Total

Overs

Innings

Opposition

Venue

Match Date

54

26.3

2

Sri Lanka

Sharjah

29-Oct-00

63

25.5

1

Australia

Sydney

08-Jan-81

78

24.1

2

Sri Lanka

Kanpur

24-Dec-86

79

34.2

1

Pakistan

Sialkot

13-Oct-78

88

29.3

2

New Zealand

Dambulla

10-Aug-10

91

29.1

2

South Africa

Durban

22-Nov-06

100

36.3

1

Australia

Sydney

14-Jan-00

100

28.3

2

West Indies

Ahmedabad

16-Nov-93

103

33.4

1

Sri Lanka

Dambulla

22-Aug-10

103

26.3

2

Sri Lanka

Colombo  

29-Aug-08