Top 5 Heartbreaking Moments in ODI World Cup History

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The ODI cricket world cup comes once every four years, creating buzz and excitement for cricket fans. Fans have huge expectations from their respective teams, and sometimes teams fail to meet those expectations. 

Let us have a look at five such instances when teams failed to win the ODI world cup and meet their fans’ expectations. Here is a list of top 5 heartbreaking moments in ODI World Cup history. 

Five Heartbreaking Moments in ODI World Cup 

The following are the top five heartbreaking instances for cricket fans, as their team had a really bad day:

India Losing 2019 ODI World Cup Semi-Final

India dominated the 2019 world cup until they were stunned by the Kiwis in the semi-final. Out of the nine group matches that India played, it won seven matches and lost just one match.

Team India had to face New Zealand in the semi-final, a game that the team was expected to win. 

  • Batting first, New Zealand posted a moderate 239 runs on the board. 
  • New Zealand had perfect bowling conditions, and the Kiwi bowlers exploited the conditions, restricting India to only 221 runs.
  • India had a chance until the master chaser, MS Dhoni, was at the crease. 
  • Indian cricket fans knew the end was near when MS Dhoni was run out by a direct hit from Martin Guptill.

New Zealand Losing the 2019 ODI World Cup Final

New Zealand lost the 2019 ODI world cup final against England.

  • The match was a very tight one and ended in a tie. In the super over, both teams scored 15 runs, but England was declared the winner because of the better boundary count.
  • The 2019 world cup final loss meant that the New Zealand team lost two consecutive world cup finals, breaking New Zealand players’ and supporters’ hearts into pieces.

South Africa’s Heartbreaking Exit from the 2015 ODI World Cup

South Africa had a strong team for the 2015 ODI world cup. The likes of JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, and Dale Steyn were expected to take South Africa to the 2015 ODI world cup final.

  • South Africa had a good world cup until the team was knocked out by New Zealand in the semi-final. 
  • In a match that went down to the wire, Dale Steyn was hit for a second-last ball six by Grant Elliot. 
  • South African players could not hold back their tears, as their dream to win the first ODI world cup for South Africa could not turn into reality.

India’s Group-Stage Exit from the 2007 ODI World Cup

The 2007 ODI world cup was a nightmare for the Indian team and its fans. Under the leadership of Rahul Dravid, India was knocked out of the tournament in the group stage itself. 

  • India lost two out of its three matches, and that meant that the team had to book tickets to India sooner than expected.
  • The 2007 ODI world cup page in Indian cricket history is the one that fans would rather tear and throw away.

India Losing the 2003 ODI World Cup Final

In what was a promising world cup campaign, India lost the 2003 ODI world cup final against Australia. 

  • India won nine out of its eleven matches, and the two defeats that it suffered were at the hands of the Australians.
  • In the final, the Australian batters, especially Ricky Ponting, took the Indian bowlers on and posted 359 runs on the board. 
  • India lost its star batter, Sachin Tendulkar in the first over, and from there on, it never looked like chasing the total. 
  • India was bundled out for 234 runs and lost the match by a huge margin of 125 runs.

Possible Upsets in the 2023 ODI World Cup

The upcoming 2023 world cup could have many heartbreaking moments, especially for strong teams. Teams like Afghanistan and Bangladesh have a less chance of making it to the semi-finals, but they can ruin the chances of strong teams like England, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.

The following is a list of possible upsets that we can see in the 2023 ODI world cup:

  • Afghanistan defeating New Zealand
  • Afghanistan defeating South Africa
  • Bangladesh defeating South Africa
  • Bangladesh defeating New Zealand

Concluding Thoughts on Heartbreaking Moments in ODI World Cup

There are many heartbreaking cricket moments that have taken place in ODI cricket world cups. These moments are not easy to forget, especially for the team, its players, and the fans that support the team. But cricket world cups also bring many memorable moments, and we will hope that the 2023 ODI world cup will be a happy and successful campaign for team India.


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