Sports, just like life is a great leveller. For all the exhilarating highs there are soul-crushing lows that keep us firmly grounded with the insatiable desire to constantly improve. Cricket is no exception to that as there have a plethora of instances since the turn of millennium where the top eight teams have witnessed excruciating lows' edged in the footprints of the cricketing folklore forever.
Since the turn of the century, partly due to the resurgence of Bangladesh and most recently Afghanistan coupled with their inability to transform their domestic infrastructure according to the changing times, the perennial top teams of the world have had a plethora of heartbreaking moments leaving their fans gutted.
Here's a look at the most painful moments the perennial heavyweight teams have witnessed since the turn of the century.