Some of the Greatest Comebacks in the History of Cricket (Part I)

The game of cricket was invented by the British and they used to play cricket during their leisure time. Cricket became quite famous in the British colonies and became a part of the sports culture in these colonies including India. Cricket is quite an unpredictable game and can surprise people very much. Here are the five greatest comebacks in the history of cricket.

Kapil Dev’s Innings against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup

Kapil Dev’s 175 runs against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup is considered one of the greatest comebacks ever.

The Indian cricket team was the underdog in the 19983 World Cup and nobody believed that it can win the World Cup but the Indian team surprised everyone by winning the World Cup by beating West Indies in the finals. Kapil Dev’s innings of 175 runs against Zimbabwe played an important role in winning the World Cup. It was a do-or-die match for the Indians and they scored only 17 runs and 5 wickets gone till Kapil Dev came for batting. He singlehandedly changed the tide of the match in favour of India by scoring 175 runs.

West Indies

In a match in 1996, Australia was on the verge of losing against the team of West Indies but Michael Bevan snatched the match from West Indies by playing a great inning. 

In 1996, a one-day match was going on between Australia and West Indies in Sydney. Australian bowlers did quite a good job as they restricted West Indies with a score of only 1972. Everyone thought it will be an easy win for the Australian side but the pace attack by Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose made the Australian team struggle at 74 runs and 7 wickets done. Then Michael Bevan came to bat and took the game away from West Indies with an unbeatable score of 78 runs.

India vs Australia Test Match in the Eden Gardens, Kolkata

The iconic win against Australia in a test match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in the year 2001 is considered one of the greatest comebacks in the test history.

Every avid cricket fan in India must be aware of the legendary win of India against Australia in a test match played at Edens Garden, Kolkata. Indian team almost lost the match when VVS Laxman came to bat when India was following up with a score of 254 for four wickets. VVS Laxman scored 281 runs in the match in partnership with Rahul Dravid who scored 155 runs. In the same match, Harbhajan took the first Test hat-trick by an Indian, with a total of 13 wickets in the match. The Indian team surprised everyone with their win. VVS Laxman’s score of 281 runs was the highest score by an Indian at the time.

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