Beware of the minnows

There has been quite a bit of talk about the presence of lowly ranked teams in the World Cup. Some say it makes the world cup boring while some say that the best way of making these teams better is by making them compete against the very best. But the fact of the matter is that in each of the last 4 world cups, there has been atleast one big upset during the initial stages of the tournament.

2003: Kenya beat SriLanka (and thanks to forfeits, made its way all the way to the semis)
1999: Bangladesh beat Pakistan, Zimbabwe beat India and South Africa
1995-96: Kenya beat West Indies
1991-92: Zimbabwe beat England

The 2007 edition has been structured in such a way that a lowly ranked team needs to stage just one upset in the initial group games to advance to the Super-8s stage. On current form, Bangladesh is probably the team with the best chance of causing an upset. I just hope it is not on the 17th of this month.

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