Five forgettable shows in the history of the Cricket World Cup

Five forgettable shows in the history of the Cricket World Cup

Due to the 2019 Cricket World Cup format, no major tournament upsets are unlikely to occur as this tournament will be more than anything a test of consistency.

However, the 2007 World Cup was one of the biggest upsets. Five poor performances in the history of the Cricket World Cup ...

India got it wrong in the 2007 World Cup against Bangladesh

There was optimism in India that this team could do well with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly on their side. First batting, they were contained by the Bangladeshi attack and were bowled out for 191 after 49 overs with Ganguly (66 out of 129 balls though) the only man to get over 50. Sometimes Bangladesh stuttered but eased to the target after half a century of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shakib Al Hasan's then young trio. After losing against Sri Lanka and demolishing Bermuda (which proved to be one of the worst teams in the history of the World Cup), India was sent home early shockingly. For Indian cricket, this was a tough period, but they reconstructed well and won the 2011 World Cup. All out for 361. 36 All read the scoreline from Canada when they took Sri Lanka during the 2003 World Cup Group Stage in South Africa. During this game, Chaminda Vaas memorably took a hat trick, and none of the players in Canada reached double numbers. After just 4.4 overs, Sri Lanka raced toward the target.

South Africa's 2007 Super Eight loss to Bangladesh

The 2007 World Cup squad from South Africa was arguably one of its strongest in history. At the time, the team was ranked No 1 and included the likes of legends like Herschelle Gibbs, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, and Graeme Smith, as well as an up-and-coming AB de Villiers. It was expected that the South Africans would easily win their Super 8 fixture against Bangladesh, considered to be minnows and surprisingly qualified at India's expense for that stage. Batting first, Bangladesh scored a decent 251/8, with 87 for Mohammed Ashraful. South Africa has been unable to get on a regular basis and lose wickets. Gibbs was the only player with a half-century score, ending with 56 not out. The Proteas failed on the day to perform the game's basics well and paid the price. Had Smith's side won this game, they might have played in the semi-finals in Sri Lanka or New Zealand and had an easier path to the final.

At the 2007 World Cup, Ireland upset Pakistan

This match is considered one of history's greatest shocks. At that time, Ireland was a relatively unknown side, tipping to lose all of their group stage games and heading home early. Batting first, after 45 overs, Pakistan were bowled out all over the place for 132. A young Boyd Rankin was the Ireland ball's chief destroyer, taking 3/32. In response, Ireland did struggle to chase the total down, but a classy 72 innings from wicket-keeper batsman Niall O'Brien made sure they got over the line. For this side of Ireland, current England captain Eoin Morgan featured, but he made only two. Ireland surprisingly reached the super-eight stage after playing a tie against Zimbabwe and losing comprehensively against the West Indies, while Pakistan ran home early after losing against Ireland and West Indies.

South Africa floundered in the 2007 semi-final against Australia

The Proteas can be excused for losing against the Aussies – they were a team of world-class and strong in every department with many of the modern-day legends in their hand. But one would have expected the Proteas in this game to be more competitive, and some would call their performance a case of choking. South Africa struggled to score the first batting. In fact, at one stage they were 27/5. After 31 overs with three wickets down, the Aussies easily reached the target. They were ultimately bowled out for 149, with the top scoring of Justin Kemp at 49. Kemp, who was considered a hard-hitting lower-order batsman, had to change his style as he was early summoned for 91 balls on the ground.