OTD: India’s Triumph in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy

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On June 23, 2013, the cricketing world witnessed a thrilling battle at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England. The occasion? The final of the ICC Champions Trophy, where MS Dhoni-led India faced off against the hosts, England. The stakes were high, the rain was persistent, and the tension palpable.

2013 Champions Trophy: India thrash England at home

MS Dhoni, known for his calm demeanour under pressure, led from the front. His tactical acumen and unflappable attitude inspired the Indian team. Dhoni’s leadership would prove pivotal in the final overs of this rain-curtailed match.

India batted first, managing to score 129 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Virat Kohli played a crucial role, top-scoring with a gritty 43-run knock. The English bowlers tried to keep India in check, but the total remained competitive.

England’s chase began steadily, but India’s bowlers had other plans. Ishant Sharma, despite being the most expensive bowler on that day, struck when it mattered most. He dismissed the dangerous duo of Rav Bopara and Eoin Morgan, who were threatening to take the game away from India.

As the rain persisted, England needed 14 runs in the last over to win. Dhoni handed the ball to R Ashwin, who had the unenviable task of defending the total. The tension was palpable. The final ball arrived, and Ashwin’s spin beat England’s James Tredwell. Dhoni leapt in joy as he collected the ball—a moment etched in Indian cricket history.

With this victory, Dhoni became the first captain to win all three major ICC trophies: the World Cup, the T20 World Cup, and now the Champions Trophy. His legacy as a leader was firmly established.

Interestingly, the Champions Trophy 2013 remains India’s last ICC title. Despite boasting a star-studded lineup, India has faced near misses and heartbreaks in subsequent tournaments. The elusive ICC trophies have slipped through their grasp, but this victory remains a cherished memory.

In the years since, India has reached the knockout stages of various ICC events, including back-to-back ODI World Cup finals in 2015 and 2019. On this day, cricket fans celebrate that rain-soaked evening when India stood tall as champions, etching their names in cricketing lore.

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