A sportsman lives a very tricky life, as every once in a while, even if yours is the best team in the world, you tend to lose and lose big. We have seen that with Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2018, and now in cricket, we saw that with India's disastrous performance today.
Scoring just 92 runs, they were completely demolished by New Zealand in the 4th ODI.
Till date, India has had many low totals, but today's score of 92, made another record in itself, and that is of being the lowest total scored against New Zealand on their home soil.
Here's a complete list of India's lowest totals ever:1. New Zealand Vs India (Netmed ODI Series, 2019)
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A Virat Kohli-less India couldn't do much against the fierce Kiwis in the 4th ODI of the Netmed Series, 2019. Clinching the series by 3-0 in the first three ODI's itself, might have been the reason for the dismantling of the Indian batting order by the home side. Making just 92 runs in 30.3 overs, the Men in Blue became prey to Trent Boult's vicious attack.2. South Africa Vs India (India in South Africa, 2006)
There was a time when the whole world believed that if you bowl out Sachin Tendulkar from the Indian team, you might just win the match. And to be honest, that was somewhat true. We got to witness that against South Africa in 2006 when the Indians were chasing a total of 248 in Durban, and the moment Tendulkar got out on 35, the complete Indian line up collapsed before the lethal attack of Andre Nel and Jacques Kallis who restricted India to the score of 91, eventually losing the match by 157 runs.3. India vs New Zealand (India-Sri Lanka-New Zealand Tri Series, 2010)
Carrying a young side to Sri Lanka for the Tri-Series in 2010, MS Dhoni would never have imagined this sort of distortion by the Kiwis. Once again chasing the total of 288, the Indian side relied on just a handful of experienced players they had on their side, counting Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni himself. Once the top order was ripped apart, the tail-enders couldn't do much and the whole team got out on mere 88 runs.4. Pakistan Vs India (India In Pakistan, 1978)
Let's take you back to 1970s, where legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath, who were the masters of their craft, played some of their best innings. But wait, who said legends can't fail? Even this golden trio was toppled in fashion in a match against their arch-rivals, Pakistan in the year 1978.
India, struggling to post a good total on the board, could only score 79 runs, with Sir Amarnath being the highest scorer with 34 runs to his name. Without a doubt, Pakistan comfortably won the match with 8 wickets to spare.5. India Vs Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka in India, 1986)
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Again from the '90s, another big loss came for the Kapil Dev-led team at Kanpur in 1986, and this time, it was Sri Lanka on the other end.
Posting a reasonable total of 198, everyone thought that India would easily win the match considering the presence of Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and many other decorated players who made the roster. But on the contrary, the Men in Blue had to face a horrifying loss after getting bundled up at just 78.6. Australia Vs India (Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, 1981)
The Australian Tour has always been tough for India, but who thought that it would be so tough that the Indians would just be able to put a total of 63 on the board against the mighty Aussies. While the World Cup-winning team of 1983 was in the making, this defeat came as a wakeup call for the Indian side to pull up their socks.7. India Vs Sri Lanka (Sharjah Trophy Final, 2000)
The worst defeat for the Indian side came in the Sharjah Trophy final against Sri Lanka in which, the dominating Sri Lankans posted a total of 299, with the highest individual score of 189 coming from Sanath Jayasuriya. On the other hand, India was wrapped up at a trifling 54. With RP Singh scoring the most number of runs from the Indian side (11), the rest of the scorecard looked worse than that of a gully cricket match (if there has been one).