Fans of the Men in Yellow — across two sports — have had a similar fate in the span of 13 months © Getty Images
Fans of the Men in Yellow — across two sports — have had a similar fate in the span of 13 months © Getty Images

Australia stumbled like a deck of cards on Thursday morning thanks to a scorching spell from Stuart Broad at Trent Bridge. Their first innings score read a mere 60. The highest scorer in the first innings for Australia was the extras. The feeling of the Australian side were similar to that of the Brazilians who were handed 1-7 defeat in the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi-final. Emotional, as it would have been, both can be considered two of the most shocking incidents in recent sporting history. Sudatta Mukherjee notes the similarities of mood from Australia’s debacle and Brazil’s un-classical loss.

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Australian media said Clarke looked ‘lost’; some wrote his Test career was nearing an end. He aptly replied in his characteristic style. He was not moved when he lost the toss to Alastair Cook, who instantly opted to bowl. Clarke was emotionally confident that Australia will come out good. They had to believe they could, and they did at Lord’s. However, nobody predicted what was to happen at Trent Bridge. READ: Michael Clarke’s shocking retirement will make Australia poorer

Almost a year back, Brazil were to play yet another FIFA World Cup 2014 semi-final. It was supposed to be special, for the match was happening at home. Brazil were eyeing their sixth championship: how sweet it would have been for the spectators to see their team lift the World Cup at home? Ashes 2015, 4th Test at Trent Bridge: Statistical report

Unfortunately, things did not go the way they wanted prior to the start of the match. Neymar Jr was ruled out with a broken back. The Brazilian team came out with the Forca Neymar baseball cap, David Luiz and Julio Cesar holding Neymar’s jersey No. 10 while the national anthem was being sung. And then… 

On Thursday, it took three balls for Broad to send Chris Rogers packing. Three balls later, Australia were two wickets down as Steven Smith edged to the third slip. Another two balls saw the back of David Warner. An over later, Shaun Marsh. Two overs later, Adam Voges, followed by Clarke, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, and Nathan Lyon. Australia were bowled out for 60. Broad registered his career-best of 8 for 15. The Australians were silenced, for they had been bowled out before lunch. The spectators sat stunned. Joe Root: The heart of England’s resurgence in Ashes 2015

A year back, the same happened with was. Thomas Mueller netted the first goal at 10 minutes 21 seconds. At 22 minutes 8 seconds, Miroslav Klose scored the second goal. A minute later Kroos netted his first; another two minutes later, his second. Sami Khedira netted the fifth at 28 minutes 49 seconds: Brazil conceded five goals in the first half.

The match looked impossibly too good to be true. Andre Schurrle, who was having the best time of his life, netted two more. Around the 90th minute Oscar lifted the dismal mood by scoring the solitary goal of the Brazilian innings.

Brazil were knocked out. The mood across the nation was sombre. The Germans had exposed the gaping hole in Brazil defence and proved that emotions do not win matches. The home side were too weak to even protest. As reports of violent protest spread across social media, a year later, Australia woke up to Broad’s madness. Next morning the newspapers had one image — that of Stuart Broad. The world had witnessed two major debacles across two sports, a major capitulation.

Both wrecks were not only embarrassing, but inconceivable. It was a story of two collapses that stunned the sporting world. Call them major upsets or failures that the teams wanted to avoid by momentary victories, the two unthinkable moments portray the uncertainties of the sporting world.

(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English televison show on her laptop. Her Twitter handle is @blackrosegal)