Bengaluru, March 23: India will take on Bangladesh in their third match of the T20 World Cup at the Chinnawamy Stadium here on Wednesday (March 23).
However, March 23 is not a very happy date in the history of India's World Cup campaigns and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will hope that it doesn't affect India in yet another World Cup.
Australia decimated India in the final of the ODI World Cup on March 23, 2003
In 2003, March 23 saw Ricky Ponting's broad bat ripping apart India's bowling as Australia went on to win their World Cup title at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg by defeating India by a mammoth 125 runs. The Australian captain's blistering knock of 140 not out in 121 balls and Damien Martyn's unbeaten 88 off 84 balls powered their team to 359 for the loss of 2 wickets in 50 overs. India lost Sachin Tendulkar to Glenn McGrath in the very first over and just batted for the sake of it.
Virender Sehwag's 82 was the only high point but in the end, the difference between the champions and the runners was far too big.
Sourav Ganguly was the captain of India in this match.
Sri Lanka annihiliated India by 69 runs on March 23, 2007, in yet another ODI WC game
Four years later, India faced another black March 23 when they, under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid, lost to Sri Lanka, the eventual runners-up, by 69 runs at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Chasing 255 for victory, the side, which had lost to Bangladesh in their opening match in that edition, collapsed for 185, thanks to a near-perfect bowling performance by Chaminda Vaas and Murali Muralitharan.
Only Rahul Dravid stood among the ruins with a 60 while Shewag was the second highest scorer with 48. India crashed out of that World Cup as a result of this loss.
India reversed the trend in 2014 T20 WC by beating West Indies on March 23
However, while India's March 23 results in the 50-over World Cup have little to make their supporters cheer about, they succeeded in reversing the trend in the 2014 T20 World Cup when they beat the then defenders West Indies by 7 wickets in a group match in Mirpur, Bangladesh. Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja restricted the Caribbeans to 129 in 20 overs before Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli hit half-centuries to take India home.