Underdog necessarily need not be what the name suggests
All you underdogs out there who are worrying out there, I have delightful news. South Africa the new world leader in ODI cricket was brought to ground with the Aussies avenging their series sown under, with a 2-1 victory in the away leg. This comes at the back of the hype that the Proteas were touted to beat the kangaroos. History is testimony to the fact that only the Aussies and the Windies were the only two teams who successfully held the favorites’ tag. Be it India, be it South Africa all have crumbled when burdened with the favorites’ tag. The Indians bitted the dust when they were the favorites in the Caribbean and got knocked in the group stage by a lowly Bangladesh. Now and many times before which of those I could not disclose because of restrictions of time and space, the one and only South Africa. Both India and South Africa have done well when they donned the underdog cap. The Men in blue in the T20 WC and the Proteas in the Series are testimonial to that.
The underdogs Emerging victors
- India in the 1983 World cup and in the T20 world cup
- India in Eden Gardens against the Aussies
- WI in the Champions Trophy 2004
- England in the Ashes 2005
- Aussies in the WC 2007 after their back to back losses to NZ (3-0) and ENG (2-0)
- Proteas in 2008-09 down under
- Aussies in the land of Proteas in 2009 in test series
- Last but not least Rajasthan royals in the inaugural IPL
And many more. The bottom line is if one wants to be on the right side of the result then underdog status is the right recipe for it.