Triumph in darkness
Feb 1, 2011 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean had what every glamorous event would like to avoid the death of a coach, a final completed in darkness, early eixts of favourites and only a few close matches.
The 47-day event was not even a one-week old when Pakistan’s coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room in Jamaica. He was initially thought to have been murdered before it was announced he died of natural causes. The former England batsman’s death came hours after Pakistan’s shock defeat against debutants Ireland, the loss eventually leading to the exit of the 1992 champions.
Rahul Dravid’s Indians made a horror start, losing to minnows Bangladesh in their opening match despite having exciting batsmen in Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and the captain himself. It was one of the biggest upsets in the Cup history, eventually leading to India’s ouster and leaving millions of fans back home disappointed.