Today we bring you the 3 Cricket World Cup matches, which India should have tried more on. A win reflects more on the team and these losses impacted the team and nation, both.
3 Cricket World Cup Matches:
Australia v India, Sydney (2015 World Cup)
India were the defending champions and would have been only the 3rd team after West Indies in the 70s and Australia more recently to retain the Cricket World Cup.
They went into the 2015 World Cup under the captaincy of talismanic skipper MS Dhoni. A new-look India team got handed easy draws in the Group stages and even in the Quarters as they beat Bangladesh to move into the Semis.
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However, home side Australia wrecked havoc on the day skipper Steven Smith and Aaron Finch tore through the Indian bowling, the former scoring a century to remember. India’s inexperienced bowling attack were taken to the cleaners as Australia notched up a mammoth 328/7 in their 50 overs.
In reply, India never got going as Starc and Faulkner finished India’s famed batting line up with the help of Mitchell Johnson. MS Dhoni waged a lone battle with the bat as top-scored with a run-a-ball 65. India’s wrapped up under 50 overs for a paltry 233 all out. Thus got listed among the 3 Cricket World Cup matches India should have won.
Zimbabwe v India, Leicester (1999 World Cup)
India were humiliated by minnows Zimbabwe, who actually went on to establish themselves as giant killers in this World Cup to lose by 3 runs after being fined 4 overs for slow over rate.
India were led by Mohammad Azharuddin into this World Cup and it ended pretty badly as Zimbabwe stole an unlikely victory thanks to a wonderful bowling performance by Heath Streak and Collins Obuya.
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The Africans were pegged back while batting, early in the innings but a patient calm 68 unbeaten from Man of the Match Grant Flower gave the bowlers something to defend.
India showed some resistance via Sadagoppan Ramesh and Ajay Jadeja, but it was all in vain as they were bowled out for 249 runs chasing 253. Thus got listed among the 3 Cricket World Cup matches India shouldn’t have lost.
India v Bangladesh, Port of Spain (2007 World Cup)
Probably India’s biggest World cup debacle of all times, the 2007 World Cup, marred by controversies, saw India crash out of the World Cup in the West Indies in the group stages.
What hurts fans the most was that this was also the last World Cup for stalwarts like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. India lost to neighbors and minnows Bangladesh in what was the worst game for the team in years.
India put in a terrible batting performance, scoring only 192 with Sourav Ganguly scoring 66 off 129 balls and Yuvraj Singh contributing down the order. Wickets fell like a pack of cards as India lacked tooth in their batting.
The writing was on the wall when Bangladesh came out to bat, and half-centuries from Shakib, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim guiding the Bangladeshis home. Thus got listed among the 3 Cricket World Cup matches India should have won.
These were the 3 cricket world cup matches, the matches India shouldn’t have let go from their hands. If they had won these, their cricket world cup statistics would read different. That’s it for the day guys, don’t forget to put in your thoughts and questions as comments.
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