In honor of the Dutch revolution today, I thought of a few other famous underdog upsets. History suggests these moments are just flashes of brilliance, rather than the start of a sustained cricketing campaign. Will the Dutch be different?
Off the top of my head, in no order:
1. Bangladesh v. Australia, 2005. The first disappointment in a disappointing summer for the Aussies. Bangladesh, meanwhile, go nowhere, other than occasional future victories (like against Pakistan and South Africa). Highlights here.
2. Ireland v. Pakistan, 2007. Pakistan, bowled out for 132 by a bunch of nobodies. Fall of Pakistan’s wickets here.
3. Kenya v. West Indies, 1996. The death-knell for modern West Indian cricket; even though the team reached the World Cup’s semifinals that year, it was clear its cricket had entered an inexorable decline. Watch it here.