Yesterday, the cricket fraternity experienced another upset in the history of cricket. The Zimbabwe team who failed to qualify for the second round of the T20 World Cup deflated team India’s form as the hosts sealed the last bowl thriller to register a record victory. Indian team needed 4 runs off the last bowl but the Madziva bowled the last ball beauty to deny the best finisher in the world, M.S. Dhoni. Surely, one may say that Indian team is inexperienced but at the same time, we should not forget that the same Indian team has just white-washed the Zimbabwe team in an ODI series. The Indian team will surely pull up their socks for the next match so as to prevent themselves from another defeat.
This win was one of few upsets that have happened in the past.
Today, we look at top five upsets in the history of cricket:
Bangladesh defeating invincible Australia (June 18, 2005) – The early years of the twentieth century were the best years for the Australian cricket. From winning three back to back world cups to conquering Ashes three out of four times, all was on the right track for the Australian team but on June 18, 2005, the suffered a major blow as the minnows Bangladesh team who was nowhere in comparison to the Australian standards created a mystery by defeating them. Before this game, the Bangladesh team only had 9 wins in their account out of 107 games played till then. This victory was a full-fledged win for them. Getting in the game from the second ball of the game itself, Bangladesh team held their nerve till the last over of the day and finally chased down 250. Young batsman Mohammad Ashraful emerged as the hero for Bangladesh as he smashed a century and was adjudged man of the match.
India defeating the insurmountable West indies (1983 final) – Even Before landing on the England soil for the world cup, the Indian played had their goals set of winning a match or two during the tourney, preventing themselves from a total whitewash but as the tournament progressed the team found themselves in the world cup final against West indies team comprising of Roberts, Marshall, Holding and many other stars. As expected, the batsmen surrendered in front of West Indies bowlers and were bundled out for 183. The reply which the Caribbean batsmen got from Indian bowlers was unexpected as the team wrapped up the West Indies innings on just 140 to register one of the biggest upsets in the history of cricket. The team effort and brilliant captaincy from Kapil Dev proved vital for the team to the success. This win proved that the win at the earlier stages was not just a fluke.
Ireland defeating unconquerable England (2011) – The Ireland team was playing in just second World Cup and was up against England team. Though Ireland team had already registered an upset in 2007 but many thought that it was just a chance that they won the game. Chasing a stiff target, the Ireland team lost their captain on the first bowl of their innings. Small contributions from the top and middle order and a firework worth 113 from Kevin O Brien sealed the game from Ireland. During his inning of 113, Brian eclipsed the record of fastest century in the history of world cup cricket.
Bangladesh defeating indomitable Pakistan (1999 world cup) – Playing against a lethal bowling attack of Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq; the Bangladesh team just scored 223 in the allotted quota of 50 overs. Akram khan topped the batting chart scoring just 42 runs. No one expected a fightback from Bangladesh team but the team surprised everyone by bundling put the Pakistan innings on just 161 and winning the game by 62 runs. Three run outs also contributed well in the victory of Bangladesh. This was the first ever victory for Bangladesh team against a test playing nation.
Kenya defeats bulletproof India (1998) – It was a day-night affair in the city of Gwalior where one of the most successful captains of the Indian team , Mohammad Azharuddin was leading the team. The team was playing against Kenya and was confident of an easy victory. Asked to bowl first, Indian bowlers spent 265 runs in the allotted quota; only one main bowler completed his spell of 10 overs. Even Rahul Dravid went on to bowl 6 overs in the game. It was supposed to be an easy chase for Indian team but no in the stands or people watching at home had an idea of what was to come. The Kenya bowlers deceived the Indian batsmen and winded up their innings on 196 to hand a defeat to the Indian team. None of the Indian batsmen could show any resistance; Rahul Dravid was the highest scorer with 33 runs in his kitty. This match went down as one of the biggest upset in the history of cricket.