It has been eight years since India won an ICC tournament. And it is no coincidence that the anniversary of the great Champions Trophy victory clashed with the last day of the World Cup final between India and New Zealand in Southampton.
Even on June 23, 2013, there was rain. And the 50-over match was finally played in the Twenty20 format in Birmingham.
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Sent in the bat, India could not handle the swinging medium pace of Ravi Bopara (3/20). Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team finished on 129/7; Virat Kohli’s 43 of 34 was the leading light.
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But the Indian twisting duo of R. Ashwin (2/15) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/24) brought a surprise by breaking the English middle order. Ishant Sharma (2/36) hit the last nail in the coffin by removing Eoin Morgan (33 of 30) and Bopara (30 of 25).
Jadeja also made a contribution with an important 33 and not 25 balls, and was judged the player of the match.
England finished on 124/7 and lost the final by five runs.
By winning the title, Dhoni completed his victory as captain – the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 in South Africa, the ICC 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent and the Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom.
There is a lot of inspiration for the Indian players who are currently thinning out the WTC final.