India and Canada’s Unfortunate Records in the World Cup

World Cup 2023: Cricket and records go hand in hand, much like the sun and the moon. Therefore, whenever the World Cup approaches, records, both proud and painful, start coming to mind. There are several records that bring pride, but some are simply painful. India has its share of records, including the unfortunate one of losing by the smallest margin—just one run.

Interestingly, India has managed to double down on this unwanted record, and both instances came against Australia. Yes, Australia is the only team to have won a World Cup match against India by just one run—twice.

The first instance of India losing a World Cup match by one run occurred in 1987. In that match, Australia batted first and set a target of 270 runs for India. In response, India managed to score 269 runs while losing nine wickets. India needed just 2 runs on the last 2 balls, but the last Indian batsman, Maninder Singh, couldn’t get the required runs. Steve Waugh bowled him clean on the fifth ball of the 50th over, and India lost the match by a single run.

India’s second painful one-run defeat in the World Cup happened in 1992. In a match played in Brisbane in March 1992, Australia scored 237 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. When India began their batting, rain interrupted the play, which proved disadvantageous for the Indian team. During the 17th over of the Indian innings, rain halted the match, and the target was revised. India was given a new target of 236 runs in 47 overs. This meant that India’s batting innings was reduced by 3 overs. However, Australia managed to restrict India to 234 runs in 47 overs, resulting in India’s all-out. Captain Mohammad Azharuddin played a brilliant innings of 93 runs, but despite his efforts, the Indian team couldn’t secure a win.

It’s quite an unfortunate coincidence that India has been on the wrong side of one-run defeats in the World Cup twice, and both times, it was against Australia.

In addition to India’s records, Canada also makes repeated appearances in the list of the lowest World Cup scores. Canada’s team was bowled out for just 45 runs in the 1979 World Cup match against England, which was the lowest score in the World Cup at that time. However, this record stood until 2003 when Canada broke it once again. In the 2003 World Cup, Canada’s team was dismissed for a mere 36 runs against Sri Lanka, setting a new low in World Cup scores.

These records serve as reminders of the unpredictable and sometimes heartbreaking nature of cricket, where even a single run can make all the difference in the outcome of a match.

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