In the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 hosted by India, Afghanistan has emerged as a surprise package, stunning cricket enthusiasts with their remarkable performance. Their triumph against England in Delhi on 15th October, where they clinched victory by 69 runs, is a testament to their rising potential. However, this is not the first time the World Cup has witnessed major upsets. Here, we delve into some historical upsets, including instances where India, the cricketing powerhouse, faced surprising defeats.
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— Rashid Khan (@RashiidKhann19) October 15, 2023
Major WC upsets
- South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 1999 World Cup, Group Stage: Zimbabwe claimed a stunning victory against South Africa, defeating them by 48 runs during the 1999 World Cup, marking a significant upset.
- Pakistan vs Bangladesh, 1999 World Cup, Group Stage: Bangladesh created a major upset by defeating Pakistan by 62 runs during the 1999 World Cup in a group stage match held in Northampton.
- Sri Lanka vs Kenya, 2003 World Cup, Group Stage: Kenya emerged as the underdog, surprising everyone by defeating Sri Lanka by 53 runs in a 2003 World Cup match held in Nairobi. Kenya’s journey led them to the semi-finals.
- Bangladesh vs India, 2007 World Cup, Group Stage: Bangladesh orchestrated a significant upset in the 2007 World Cup, defeating India by 5 wickets in a Group B match hosted by the West Indies, knocking India out of the group stage.
- Ireland vs Pakistan, 2007 World Cup, Group Stage: Ireland pulled off a surprising victory by defeating Pakistan by three wickets, resulting in Pakistan’s failure to advance to the next round.
- England vs Ireland, 2011 World Cup, Group Stage: In the 2011 World Cup, Ireland created a major upset by triumphing over England by 3 wickets in a group stage match held in Bengaluru.
- Ireland vs West Indies, 2015 World Cup, Group Stage: Ireland continued their streak of upsets, achieving the target of 305 runs against the West Indies, securing victory by losing 6 wickets with 25 balls remaining during the 2015 World Cup held in Australia.
These upsets serve as a reminder that in the realm of cricket, surprises and underdog victories are part of what makes the sport so exhilarating and unpredictable.