In the past ten years, Indian cricket has scaled several heights and has given many unforgettable moments that Indian fans will cherish throughout their lives; whether it is the 2011 World Cup-win or the 2013 Champions Trophy triumph in 2013 or the accession to the No.1 spot in Test cricket or the historic Test series win Down Under in the summer of 2018.
But, that is not to say, it has all been hunky-dory. During the course of the past decade, Indian fans have also endured the ignominy of a plethora of heart-wrenching defeats, one that has proceeded to leave a scar forever.
Here’s a look at heartbreaking moments that Indian cricket fans have suffered in the past decade-
0-8 in England & Australia, 2011-12
In the summer of 2011, Indian fans were at the top of the world. After all, in the past two years, they had seen their team scale the numero-uno spot in Test cricket and also realize their 28-year-old dream of winning the World Cup.
So, when a star-studded Indian team landed on English shores for a four-match Test series, it seemed like nothing could go wrong. Did it? Of course, it did.
And, the first signs of it came when their ace fast bowler Zaheer Khan hobbled off the ground and the series on the first morning of the first Test. Little, did the Indian fans had realized that it was just a sign of things to come, as a relentless England absolutely hammered their star-studded team by a 0-4 margin. Rahul Dravid’s three hundred was the only saving grace for the Men in Blue but it was no consolation for the fact that they had just relinquished their numero-uno spot.
If 0-4 shellacking against England wasn’t enough, Indian fans endured another ignominy as the Men in Blue suffered another humiliating whitewash, a few months later in Australia, one that only spelled the end of the golden era of Indian batting but also placed significant question marks on MS Dhoni’s credentials as Test captain.