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Memorable Cricket World Cup Upsets

ICC World Cup  •  18 Sept, 2023  •  2,974 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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Cricket, often referred to as a game of uncertainties, has witnessed its fair share of upsets in the ICC Cricket World Cup. These remarkable moments in the tournament's history have left cricket fans around the world in awe. Let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit ten of the most memorable upsets that took place before my last knowledge update in September 2021.


India vs. West Indies (1983 Final)

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The 1983 Cricket World Cup is synonymous with India's historic triumph over the mighty West Indies. In the final, India, considered the underdogs, faced the dominant Windies team, which had won the previous two World Cups. Led by Kapil Dev, India defended a modest total to win their first-ever World Cup, marking a seismic shift in cricket's power dynamics.

Kenya vs. West Indies (1996 Group Stage)

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The 1996 World Cup saw Kenya make a significant statement when they defeated the West Indies in the group stage. This win demonstrated the potential of Associate nations and left cricket enthusiasts amazed by the upset.



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Bangladesh vs. Pakistan (1999 Group Stage)

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Bangladesh's victory over Pakistan in the group stage of the 1999 World Cup was a historic moment for the cricket-crazy nation. They chased down a target to secure a remarkable win, showcasing their growing cricketing prowess.

Ireland vs. Pakistan (2007 Group Stage)

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In the 2007 World Cup, Ireland provided one of the most stunning upsets by defeating Pakistan in the group stage. This win was symbolic of the rising competitiveness of Associate nations in world cricket.

Bangladesh vs. India (2007 Group Stage)

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The 2007 World Cup opener witnessed another remarkable upset when Bangladesh outplayed India. This unexpected victory set the tone for Bangladesh's campaign and added an intriguing twist to the tournament.



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Ireland vs. England (2011 Group Stage)

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Ireland's chase of 328 against England in the 2011 World Cup was a true David vs. Goliath moment. The underdogs managed a historic win, with Kevin O'Brien's heroic century being the highlight of the match.

Zimbabwe vs. Australia (1983 Group Stage)

13 days to World Cup: When rookies Zimbabwe sprang a surprise on Australia-  The New Indian Express
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The 1983 World Cup wasn't just about India's triumph; it also featured another significant upset. Zimbabwe, chasing a target of 226, successfully defeated Australia, marking a memorable moment for the African nation.

Ireland vs. West Indies (2015 Group Stage)

Ireland beat West Indies Ireland won by 4 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)  - West Indies vs Ireland, ICC Cricket World Cup, 5th Match, Pool B Saxton  Oval, Nelson February 16, 2015
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In the 2015 World Cup, Ireland once again made their mark by defeating the West Indies. This victory emphasized that Ireland was no longer an underdog but a team to be taken seriously.


Bangladesh vs. South Africa (2007 Super Eight Stage)

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Bangladesh's win over South Africa during the Super Eight stage of the 2007 World Cup had a profound impact on the tournament. It was a testament to Bangladesh's progress in world cricket.

These upsets serve as a reminder that cricket is not just about big names and reputations; it's a sport where the underdogs can rise to the occasion and create history. These moments are etched in the hearts of cricket fans worldwide, and they continue to inspire aspiring cricketers from lesser-known cricketing nations.


The ICC Cricket World Cup has provided us with some of the most exhilarating and unexpected upsets in the world of sports. These instances of David toppling Goliath are a testament to the unpredictability and charm of the game. As we look forward to future World Cup tournaments, cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the emergence of new underdog heroes and more astonishing upsets that will be etched in cricketing folklore.

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