Top Six Greatest Upsets in the History of World Cup

Kenya vs. Sri Lanka

One of the most prominent cricket competitions in the world is the ICC Men’s Cricket One-Day International World Cup. Over the years, there have been many iconic upsets that have left cricket fans stunned. Here are some of the most memorable upsets in the history of the Men’s ODI World Cup:

  1. Zimbabwe vs. Australia, 1983:

In the 1983 World Cup, Zimbabwe, an inexperienced team, upset the mighty Australian team, which was considered one of the favorites to win the tournament. Zimbabwe scored 239/6 in their 60 overs, and then bowled out Australia for just 226 runs.

  1. Kenya vs. West Indies, 1996:

Kenya, a team that was considered minnows, caused a major upset by defeating the West Indies in the 1996 World Cup. The West Indies were considered one of the strongest teams in the tournament, but Kenya’s bowlers restricted them to just 166 runs. In response, Kenya chased down the target in just 40.3 overs with 7 wickets in hand.

  1. Kenya vs. Sri Lanka, 2003:

In the 2003 World Cup, Kenya caused another upset by defeating Sri Lanka, one of the tournament favorites. Sri Lanka batted first and scored 254 runs. In response, Kenya’s batsmen chased down the target with 5 wickets in hand and 10 balls to spare.

  1. Ireland vs. Pakistan, 2007:

In the 2007 World Cup, Ireland, a team making their World Cup debut, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history by defeating Pakistan. Ireland bowled out Pakistan for just 132 runs, and then chased down the target with 3 wickets in hand and one over to spare.

  1. Bangladesh vs. India, 2007:

In the same tournament, Bangladesh caused another major upset by defeating India. Bangladesh batted first and scored 251 runs. In response, India’s top order collapsed, and they were bowled out for just 191 runs.

  1. Ireland vs. England, 2011:

In the 2011 World Cup, Ireland caused another major upset by defeating England, one of the tournament favorites. Ireland chased down England’s target of 328 runs with 3 wickets in hand and 5 balls to spare.

In conclusion, the Men’s ODI World Cup has witnessed some of the most memorable upsets in the history of cricket. These upsets serve as a reminder that in cricket, anything can happen on any given day. They also highlight the importance of preparation, determination, and never giving up, regardless of the odds.