Already, after just a handful of days through the Super 10s' stage of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, there have been some compelling and intriguing storylines to emerge.
Despite arriving at the tournament in poor form, India have quickly shot to the favourites' tag after two impressive victories over Pakistan and the West Indies, while Sri Lanka have rapidly wrestled control of Group 1 on the other side of the draw.
Meanwhile, the likes of the West Indies, Australia and England are all facing uncertain futures following opening-match defeats over the weekend.
Here, we examine the worst-case scenario for each country for the remainder of the tournament. For a selection of teams, that could involve losing a star player to injury, while for others, it may mean enduring a desperately poor tournament from a crucial figure.
Conversely, the remainder of the competition may be an exercise in salvaging pride for a couple of lesser lights.
Those worst-case scenarios are outlined across the following slides.