Indian cricket team has had its fair share of sorrows. There were times where India suffered unexpected defeat against minnows or giants who handed harsh beatings to the team.
From a 5-wicket loss against minnows Bangladesh to a 245 run loss against Sri Lanka, let us go through the worst 5 losses for the Indian cricket team.
#5 India lost against Bangladesh by 5 wickets in 2007
The 5-wickets' loss against Bangladesh in 2007 is arguably one of the most embarrassing ODI defeats. India suffered an unexpected defeat at the hands of the minnows Bangladesh in the World Cup league game at Queen's Park Stadium, Port of Spain.
Bangladesh bowlers Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzaq and Mohammad Rafique ran havoc as India's innings crashed at 193 runs with 3 balls to spare. Mortaza picked 4 wickets while Razzaq and Rafique picked 3 each to dismantle India's batting line up.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan scored 50-plus each to hand Bangladesh the victory which eventually led to India being knocked out of the tournament.
#4 India lost against South Africa by 10-wickets in 2005
India suffered such humiliation against South Africa in 2005, when Graeme Smith hammered 134* in chase of 189 at Eden Gardens.
Indian batsmen were dismissed early in the first innings but Yuvraj Singh and Mohmmad Kaif were determined to carry a glimmer of hope for the fans. Eventually, the pair ran out of luck and were dismissed at 53 and 46 runs respectively.
However, the five match ODI series ended with both teams winning twice and one game being abandoned without a ball bowled.
#3 India lost against Pakistan by 180 runs in 2017
India suffered a hefty defeat at the hands of arch-nemesis Pakistan in the finals of ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval in 2017. Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman's dismissal decision was overturned which turned the tables and he went on to score 114 runs off 106 balls. The whole batting order contributed a fair share of runs as Pakistan ended their innings with 338 runs for 4 wickets.
As India turned up to bat, Pakistan bowlers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali were quick to dismiss the threatening batsmen with both putting 3 wickets each to their name. Although, Hardik Pandya's spell kept alive the hopes of fellow Indians, a run-out decision shattered India's dream to win the trophy. India were all-out at 158 runs which led to Pakistan winning the trophy with a massive 180 runs.
#2 India lost against Australia by 10-wickets in 2020
It was a match of a stark contrast as an off-beat India were ruthlessly thrashed by Australia in the one-sided series opener at the Wankhede stadium on January 14, 2020.
Defending below-par 255, it was imperative for Indian pacers to deliver quick blows on a belter. But visitors’ onslaught from the onset, courtesy of centurion openers David Warner (128* off 112) and captain Aaron Finch (110* off 114), quickly neautralised any threat posed by Indian pacers. The partnership of 258 is now the highest partnership for any wicket against India.
The 10-wicket loss was the first by an Indian team in 15 years. Last time they suffered such humiliation was against South Africa in 2005, when Graeme Smith hammered 134* in chase of 189 at Eden Gardens.
#1 India lost against Sri Lanka by 245 runs in 2000
India's loss against Sri Lanka in 2000 remains to be the most shocking defeat. In the first innings, Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasurya smashed India, scoring 189 runs off 161 balls. Although other batsmen underperformed, Rusell Arnold managed to get himself a half-century scoring 52 runs off 62 balls. The Lankan's ended their innings with 299 runs for 5 wickets.
However, as India turned up to bat, nothing but a shambolic performance followed. The entire team stumbled with only Robin Singh reaching double digit figures at 11 off 38 balls.
Chaminda Vaas dismissed the openers in the first five overs and eventually increasing his total wickets tally to 5 in the game. India were all out at a shocking 54 runs in 26.3 overs.
Sri Lanka ended up winning the Coca Cola Champions Trophy after landing a huge blow to India in Sharjah.
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