Fantasy cricket can be a little too harsh at times when the player with the least fantasy credits scores a century or a 5-wicket haul. Or, when an underdog team comes out with flying colors creating huge upsets. “It’s a funny game”, they say! Cricket lovers around the world have experienced many occasions when the team they vouched for underwent unexpected defeats in extraordinary circumstances. While you miss the fun of fantasy cricket, we at BalleBaazi are here to give you a major throwback on some cricketing memories from the years gone by.
Here are the Top 5 Nail Biting Upsets in Fantasy Cricket:
India vs New Zealand: WC Semi-Final 2019
One of the most recent and heartbreaking moments for Indian cricket fans was this game in last year’s edition of the World Cup. India was cruising to the finals until the semi-final game when Henry and Trent Boult derailed the Indian batting top order leaving the task to Jadeja & Dhoni. After a valiant effort, Jadeja fell to a Boult slower delivery. It was all onto MSD when just 25 were required off 2 overs: an equation Dhoni’s a maestro at. Unfortunately while taking a single, hit by a Martin Guptill direct throw MSD had to take the long walk back. The image of MS going back to the dressing room etched the last nail in the coffin to one of the biggest upsets in the history of World Cup Cricket.
India vs West Indies: T20 WC Semi-Final 2016
2016 was Virat Kohli’s year in the T20s whether it was in the IPL or in the World T20. He had scored 973 runs in the Indian T20 season and 273 runs in 5 T20 World Cup matches. He was simply unstoppable and this similar form he continued in the Semi-final stage as well but Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell had other ideas. India lost after Simmons and Russell played out of their skins to defeat India in the 2016 World Cup after 2 unfortunate no-balls bowled by the Indians. West Indies eventually won the World Cup after the famous ‘remember the name’ sixes by Carlos Braithwaite.
South Africa vs New Zealand 2015 WC Semi-Final
Co-incidentally our top 3 have been semi-finals and another huge upset happened when Grant Elliot of New Zealand helped the Kiwis to take them to the World Cup final of 2015 after defeating the AB de Villiers led South Africa. This match saw big boys like Morkel, Steyn, and AB crying on live television. The chokers tag continued even after a valiant 81 in the 1st innings by AB de. Easily one of the biggest upsets in cricket history.
India vs West Indies: 2006 Yuvi Almost Takes us Through
In this memorable match, India was chasing 198 against the Carribeans when the entire bowling line up was struggling against the Champion Dwayne Bravo. Only & only our beloved BalleBaazi brand ambassador Yuvraj Singh seemed to be in great touch. Yuvi was scoring intelligently and along the ground. But one slower delivery that ended up as a low full toss slipped under Yuvi’s bat and hit the stumps. Yuvi was left devastated and so were the Indians. He finished at 93 and India lost the match by just 1 run.
India vs West Indies: Another Bravo Performance
The highest T20 total in a match where both teams scored 240 plus and the match ended in a nail-biting upset. West Indies scored 245 in their 20 overs at Lauderhill and India backed by an unbelievable T20 century by KL Rahul were chasing down the target comfortably but again it was the Caribbean bowler DJ Bravo who came in and spoiled the party for the Indians. Dwayne Bravo’s slower delivery went on to take MSD’s wicket at the very last ball of the match which MS slipped to the point fielder. India scored 244/5 and lost the match by just 1 run.
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