ENG vs AFG: ICC World Cup 2023 comes alive as ‘underdog’ Afghanistan stuns defending champion England


World Cups will not be completely about who triumphs in the long run. These multi-nation championships are additionally about these beautiful delights.

These could seem microscopic within the bigger scheme of issues, however clearly, their results are macroscopic for the involved staff that sprung a shock towards a powerful rival. And therein lies the allure.

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Years down the road, there may very well be a trivia query in a random quiz about Afghanistan’s beautiful dismantling of England at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium on a feverish Sunday.

Nonetheless, there is no such thing as a mistaking the aura this upset will purchase again dwelling in a rugged panorama particularly with city areas like Kabul and Kandahar additional embellishing the collective reminiscence of the Afghans.

Sports activities at its finest is the elixir of unpredictability even when groups or a person acquires streaks of dominance, which in flip turns into a consolation pillow for tens of millions of followers.

Even when there’s a contact of monopoly, it’s the rebel of the underdog towards the established order that provides zest to the consumption of any athletic endeavour moisturised by sweat, elevated by huge self-belief and powered by a way of magic.

India’s rousing 1983 World Cup win is all of the extra sweeter as a result of it got here on the expense of the then reigning champion – the West Indies. That unbelievable evening at Lord’s has discovered a continuing echo over time, be it by way of nostalgia, sporting literature like newspaper options and books, and even offered fodder for a movie.

Greater than 10 days for the reason that first ball was bowled within the newest ICC World Cup, it was now Afghanistan’s flip to stun and stage a coup, that too towards defending champion England.

India, all dominance and swagger now, has additionally been on the receiving finish up to now. The loss to Zimbabwe within the 1999 World Cup in England or the stumble towards Bangladesh within the 2007 World Cup within the West Indies, have left scars perpetually.

Within the present version, rivals on a good keel could cause gentle tremors like New Zealand’s win over England within the match opener at Ahmedabad. However the script acquires an ominous be aware when a lesser fancied unit reveals fangs.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan mixed nicely to change England’s best-laid plans. Afghanistan has the flexibility inside its ranks and that is an outfit right here on advantage whereas the West Indies didn’t qualify! With Australia positioned within the backside half of the desk, this World Cup, regardless of its ‘early days’ caveat, has lastly come alive.

In the meantime, the Males in Blue are in Pune, resting a bit, and in addition fine-tuning methods for the highway forward in an extended match that may conclude on November 19.

Even within the 2011 World Cup, eventual champion India misplaced an earlier league conflict towards South Africa. These are actuality checks that the staff shall be acutely aware about particularly when rivals like New Zealand, England and South Africa await on the trail forward.

There’s additionally the fineprint about India final profitable an ICC title, the Champions Trophy, in 2013, and this lengthy hole must be addressed.



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