Many 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. In today’s match, India crumbled for 105 runs, but it is not their lowest ODI total.
Here is a list of India’s ten 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 until 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 the home ground of Ahmedabad, it looked as if the entire Indian team was enjoying their vacation and playing some 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 four 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 taking three 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 three wickets, followed by Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills who took two 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 in 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 three wickets followed by Saleem Altaf and Sikander Bakht who took two wickets each. Pakistan won the match by eight 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 four wickets in just six overs. Ravi Ratnayeke took three 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 two 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 ten lowest totals in ODIs: