Curse of India's Opponents in T20 World Cup
Pakistan and New Zealand are the teams that beat India by a huge margin in the first two matches of the Super 12 round of the Twenty20 World Cup this year. Pakistan, who came to the tournament with the best team, beat India for the first time in the World Cup and many thought they would finally end up as the champions of this edition of T20 World cup. But the verdict was different. Australia lost to India in the warm-up match, defeating Pakistan in the semi-finals and New Zealand in the final.With this, another coincidence in the Twenty20 World Cup continues. No team that defeated India in the group stage of the Twenty20 World Cup has ever won a trophy in the same World Cup. Sri Lanka defeated India in the final of the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup. The Windies defeated India in the semi-finals of the 2016 World Cup and later clinched the title. But these 2 matches do not fall in the group stage.
What was the fate of the teams that beat India in the group stage of the Twenty20 World Cup? Let's do a test,
2007– (Winners India): India topped the group in the preliminary stage. The teams shared the points after the India-Scotland match in Group D was abandoned without a single ball being bowled. The best teams in the 4 primary groups clashed again in 2 groups. Only New Zealand beat India in Group E. The victory was by 10 runs. Pakistan beat New Zealand in semi-final. India beat Pakistan in final.
2009– (Winners Pakistan): India was undefeated in the preliminary group stage. India lost to South Africa, the West Indies and England when the top 8 teams in each of the four groups met in two groups. In the semi-finals, Pakistan defeated South Africa and Sri Lanka defeated the West Indies. Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in final
2010– (Winners England): India was once again undefeated in the preliminary group, which included Afghanistan and South Africa. India lost to Australia, West Indies and Sri Lanka as the top 8 teams in Group 4 met again in Group 2. England beat Sri Lanka in the first semifinals. England beat Pakistan in the second semi - final to lift the title.
2012– (Winners West Indies): India continued their undefeated streak in the preliminary stages comprising England and Afghanistan. Australia defeated India when the top 8 teams in Group 4 met again in Group 2. Australia and Pakistan advanced to the semi-finals on the back of a net run rate from the group that included India. The Windies beat Australia in the semi-finals and Sri Lanka in the final.
2014– (Winners Sri Lanka): India topped the group stage by defeating West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh. India beat South Africa in the semi-finals but lost to Sri Lanka in the final.
2016– (Winners West Indies): New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the group that includes India in the Super 10. This time New Zealand defeated India. But in the semi-finals, New Zealand was defeated by England and India by the West Indies. West Indies went on to clinch the cup.
Pakistan defeated India for the first time in a World cup match in 2021