World Cup: Bangladesh loss in 2007 was the toughest to digest, says Sam Jeberson

Bangladesh beating India by five wickets and pushing them towards an early exit is the worst World cup memory for most Indian fans, according to Sam.

Bangladesh made the World Cup Super eight stage in 2007 at India's expense   -  Getty Images

India made a shocking group stage exit at the 2007 ICC World Cup. India played only three matches in 2007, which is the lowest the country had played in a World Cup since 1979.

My worst World Cup memory is the defeat India faced at the hands of minnows Bangladesh during that World Cup in West Indies.

I remember, the match was held on March 17 and I was 10 years old back then. It was a low-scoring match with India losing all its wickets for 191 runs without playing the full quota of 50 overs. 'Thala' MS Dhoni was unfortunately out for a duck in that match.

Emotions were running high for every Indian fan that night as our neighbours needed less than four runs per over to win the game and thereby push India towards the brink of early eliminiation.

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I can still remember that the match went on quite late into the night and my parents were asleep. I was sitting there alone, anxiously watching the game.

As Bangladesh closed in on the target, I teared up. I was only a child, just hoping for a miracle. I was praying hard that my country should somehow avoid facing the humiliation of losing a World Cup match against underdogs like Bangladesh.

Soon enough, Mushfiqur Rahim hit the winning runs and celebrated with his teammates as the Indian players walked away dejected. My hope for a miracle broke, just like my heart.

I am sure many Indian cricket fans including me would have cried that night and wouldn't have slept properly. Years have passed and India won the World Cup after 28 years in 2011. However, the loss against Bangladesh in 2007 will always remain in me as a wound that can never be healed.

Sam Jeberson   -  Special Arrangement

Sam is a B.Tech graduate from Karunya University, Coimbatore




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