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Celebrate India's triumph in the Champion's trophy.

India beat England to clinch ICC Champions Trophy

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BIRMINGHAM: It came down to the proverbial wire, but in the end all of England's melancholic weather and the T20-like drama could not deny India its share of joy in gloomy Birmingham on Sunday. From the start of the Champions Trophy early this month, they had been the team to beat here. In the end, they remained unbeaten.

The only coveted trophy missing from India's cupboard - MS Dhoni's too - was finally won in dominating style as they signed off from the United Kingdom on the note that they had signed in. The men in blue had once shared this trophy with Sri Lanka in 2002 after being declared joint-winners because of a final marred by rain, but the result wasn't quite appetite whetting.

The win over England by five runs, in a rain-shortened encounter that was unfair to India considering the three breaks in their innings and the sun was out when the hosts batted, once again affirmed their position as World Champions in the 50-over format. If this was indeed the last edition of the Champions Trophy, it will have to be an ode to a team that arrived here in the aftermath of extremely disturbing developments back home, enjoyed unparalleled fan-following here, looked the most dangerous side from Day One and won a final in which the odds were completely against them.

England will be in mourning. They came close to a win in the weather that best suited them only to be defeated for the fifth time in the final of a major ICC tournament.

Sunday's final was a farcical one indeed and nothing can be taken away from the organisers of the event - the ICC - in the manner in which they messed up with the schedule of the tournament. Since 2004, the Champions Trophy has been void of reserve days for the final and not even the preposterous English weather could help convince them otherwise.

It was a match that looked like it was played simply to get a result and compensate the sponsors and advertisers who may have paid handsomely for the tournament. The ICC technical committee in fact went ahead and extended the deadline to finish the game by three hours, instead of having a reserve day in place.

Chasing 129 for victory in 20 overs - reduced from 50 because of constant showers - England started on a shaky note, losing captain Alastair Cook to Umesh Yadav at the start of the innings. However, middle-order batsmen Eoin Morgan and Ian Bell resurrected the innings, bringing their side almost to the brink of a win. But once they left, the remaining batsmen caved in.

It was Dhoni's admirable captaincy - the way he rotated his bowlers, spread the field and kept the faith - that did the opponents in. R Ashwin's spell put England under severe pressure while Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma kept plucking wickets.

Earlier, India lost the toss and were put in to bat first. After losing an early wicket in opener Rohit Sharma, the team rode on Virat Kohli's 33-ball 43 and Jadeja's 21-ball 23 to post 129-7 in 20 overs. It was a mockery of the game as players walked in and out of the dressing rooms whenever the drizzle halted play.

Rain thrice stopped play but considering that it was a truncated game, the target set by India wasn't revised because the stipulated number of overs was possible. It was clearly unfair on Dhoni's team to bat in conditions that weren't just terrible but marred by continuous interruptions.

In the end, the deserving team won and firecrackers finally lifted the spirits at Edgbaston.

Cricket fraternity hails young Team India for Champions Trophy triumphNEW DELHI: The cricket fraternity on Monday hailed the Indian team's "tremendous achievement" of winning the ICC Champions Trophy with some former players raising a toast for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "ability to rise from the ashes" and instill confidence in his young teammates.

Former players spoke highly of the young team's ability to perform under pressure and said it augurs well for the future of Indian cricket despite the recent retirements of many stalwarts.

"It really has been a fantastic team because the way they have played, the way they have won every match, the way they have come out of tough situations, just speaks of a champion's mentality and that's what we have seen throughout this tournament," former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said.

"He (Dhoni) has got this ability of rising from the ashes. It is his temperament where he has treated those two imposters -- fame and failure -- in just the same manner. I think that is the reason why he is able to bounce back after a tough time," Gavaskar said.

Former India captain Gundappa Vishwanath also lauded Dhoni who now holds the unique record of being the only captain to win three world titles in the sport.

"It's a tremendous win. We expected them to win, especially after the way they started the tournament.

"Full marks to M S Dhoni. Now, he has all the world titles to his name. He is undoubtedly one of the best captains we have ever produced. There has been no change in his captaincy and he has been continuing in the same way with his cool and composed approach to the game and is taking up the challenge up front," Vishwanath said.

Another former Indian captain and selector, Krishnamachari Srikkanth said that India has again proved their superiority.

"This is an excellent win. Yet again they proved that they are the best team in the world in one-dayers. In 2011 they won the World Cup and again they proved their superiority with solid performances," he said.

Gavaskar said Dhoni has managed to develop the team into a good unit.

"You expect a final to be a close thing but before that till the semi-finals they have won quite easily. It just speaks volumes about the way this team has developed into a unit. It speaks volumes of their temperament."

Former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad was of the view that the Champions Trophy triumph would help in restoring the fans faith back in the game which took a beating in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal in IPL 6.

"I am extremely happy and proud to be an Indian. They have played all-round cricket. These small targets are always dangerous, but the boys did not wilt under pressure and showed amazing character," he said.

"It's so much important to win the trophy to win the faith of Indian cricket fans back. It's a tremendous achievement from that point of view."

Another former Test skipper Chandu Borde compared the Champions Trophy victory with the 1983 World Cup win of Kapil's Devils.

"Under pressure we performed very well and this Indian team also performed very well under pressure. In 1983 in a low-scoring match we won the World Cup. Similarly, under pressure they have performed well here. There is a similarity between 1983 and yesterday's victory," he said.

Former skipper Ajit Wadekar said that the victory has proved that India has lot of talent and the retirements of some of the greats have not affected the team.

"It was a superb win. Hats off to Dhoni, I think he is the best captain we have got. Despite not having Sachin (Tendulkar) Rahul (Dravid), Dhoni could get all the youngsters together and showed the team spirit within this unit. This looks like a complete team and Dhoni is probably the best captain India has ever had," he said.

Gaekwad praised the selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil for their decision to blood youngsters which has paid rich dividends.

"Kudos to Sandip Patil and Co. Not many would have taken this chance especially when you're touring England. There was a lot of apprehension, we never thought this young brigade would do so well. So, whatever gamble or thinking they had put behind paid off. I would congratulate the selection committee for their brilliant thought of looking at future of Indian cricket," he said.

Former India skipper Nari Contractor said in the Champions Trophy India has performed "magnificently" in all departments of the game under Dhoni's captaincy.

"It's a fantastic victory. Full credit to the team and of course to the captain, M S Dhoni for the brilliant way he led the side from the front," the 79-year-old former opener said.

"The team has performed magnificently in every department. Our spinners did well, the fielding was superb and the new opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan was a revelation. Looking at the way the present Indian team is performing, the future appears to be good."

Legendary off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna said the Champions Trophy win has proved that India are world beaters.

"It's a victory that definitely indicates India are best side in cricketing world. Dhoni's captaincy has been brilliant," he said.

He praised India's spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for their impressive showing in English conditions.

"Jadeja is now proving to be a great asset to Indian team with his steady left arm spin. His bowling is also encouraging Ashwin. Ashwin and Jadeja have formed a very good spin combination," Prasanna said.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar also congratulated Team India on their recent success.

"Eng panicked towards the end & the team with the stronger temperament came through. Well done Dhoni ! Well done India !" he wrote on his twitter page.

Former India wicket-keeper Kiran More said Team India played like world champions in England.

"One of the best cricket I've seen from India. They played like the world champions and showed why they are number one. It's a great sign for Indian cricket," he said.

"Everybody has played good enough cricket. They are young but have experience. We are dominating world cricket now.

"Hat's off to Dhoni and the support staff. They have handled the pressure really well. Full credit to Dhoni and the way he showed his character despite the pressure and turmoil Indian cricket had to go through. Undoubtedly he's one of the greatest Indian captains," added More, a former selector.

Former pacer and a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, Madan Lal said India were the deserving winners in the Champions Trophy.

"It is a great win under seaming conditions. I have never seen the ball turn so much in England. In all counts, the Indian players stood up to the demands of the game very well. Despite rain interruptions, they proved their abilities in each every game," he said.

"It was a well balanced side and Jadeja's all round display came handy in this tournament. Shikhar (Dhawan) and Dinesh Karthik played confidently."

Former India opener W V Raman said the trophy came just at the right time for Indian cricket which went through turbulent times of late in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal in IPL 6.

"It is a fabulous victory. The timing could not have been better because prior to their departure for London lot of murky things came out which put Indian players under cloud of doubt," Raman said.

"The players were obviously were under tremendous pressure. This win is the best way to regain the confidence of millions of fans."

Former India fast bowler T A Sekar said it was a fantastic win for Indian cricket.

Former ICC and BCCI president Sharad Pawar also congratulated Team India for the triumph.

"Hearty congratulation to Indian cricket team for winning ICC Champions trophy," Pawar tweeted.

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi termed it an "amazing win"

"Great finish to a rain tense day. Congrats to Team India. Well Played ????????????," he wrote on twitter handle.

Rising Indian stars delight MS Dhoni

BIRMINGHAM: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was thrilled by the performance of his youthful side after they snatched a five-run win over England in the Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston.


In a match reduced by rain to 20 overs per side, World Cup holders India were restricted to 129 for seven after losing the toss in overcast conditions on Sunday.

England, after some early stumbles with the bat, needed 20 to win off the last 16 balls with six wickets in hand, only to 'choke' in a manner more usually associated with South Africa.

Ravindra Jadeja, the most successful bowler in the tournament with 12 wickets, was named man-of-the-match.

Jadeja first made a rapid 33 not out, which saw him share a partnership of 47 with Virat Kohli (43), before taking two for 24 with his left-arm spin in front of an overwhelmingly pro-Indian capacity crowd.

The 24-year-old was nicknamed "rockstar" by Australia great Shane Warne, his Indian Premier League captain at the Rajasthan Royals, because of his confidence in his own ability.

And that confidence was there for all to see after India were reduced to 66 for five batting first after losing the toss.

"Jadeja is someone who keeps it very simple," said Dhoni.

"He just looks for the right area and the ball does the talking. The good part was he contributed with the bat, which I feel is very important because he's someone who will have to bat at number seven.

"Now what we have seen is you can't play with six batsmen and five bowlers. You know, the seven number slot is very crucial," wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni added.

Meanwhile Jadeja said: "The (Edgbaston) wicket was slow and it was difficult to rotate the strike so myself and Virat Kohli built up a good partnership.

"I enjoyed bowling on this wicket, the ball was gripping and I was bowling to my strength."

India opener Shikhar Dhawan was named player of the tournament after scoring 363 runs in five matches, including two hundreds, at an average of 90.75 and an impressive strike-rate of 101.39.

His 31 in the final was his most meagre effort of the tournament but, in the context of a low-scoring match, the 27-year-old left-hander's runs were valuable all the same.

Sunday's match was only Dhawan's 10th one-day international and he was due a relative failure after a spectacular streak of success that started when he made the fastest century by a Test debutant during the course of a stunning 187 against Australia in Mohali in March -- his lone five-day outing to date.

"I think Shikhar, he has just carried forward his confidence from the Test innings that he played," said Dhoni.

"He's a slightly different character, but a fun-loving guy. At the same time, he backs himself to play those big strokes that he plays."

Dhawan, effectively kept out of the India team by Virender Sehwag, one of the most dynamic openers cricket has known, said destiny had been on his side.

"I am loving this moment, I dreamt before this tournament that I would be the man of the tournament. I feel blessed.

"It makes it more special for me that I was out of the team for two or three years. I knew I had that talent in me so I sorted out myself and I am scoring runs now."

Only the late decision by the International Cricket Council, who nearly paid for taking the gamble of scheduling a final without a reserve day, to tear up their own rulebook and find two extra hours in which to complete the match Sunday gave India a shot at victory.

Dhoni, who two years ago led India to a World Cup final win over Sri Lanka in Mumbai, was unimpressed.

"I think it's a bit unfair that in the ICC Champions Trophy 50-over format we had to play a 20-over game to find a winner.

"But still, I think they needed the result."


Ravindra Jadeja wins golden ball, man of the match


BIRMINGHAM: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was declared the man of the match of the ICC Champions Trophy final against England and was also given the 'golden ball' for picking the most number of wickets, 12, in the tournament.

The left-handed batsman scored an unbeaten 33 off 25 balls, which included two boundaries and sixes each, led India to post a decent target of 130 from 20 overs. With the ball, the spinner took 2-24 from his four overs.

"I did well throughout the tournament and I was very positive. It was quite difficult to rotate the strike, so I and Virat (Kohli) just tried to build a good partnership. I was enjoying bowling on this wicket. My skipper always backs me when I bowl," said Jadeja at the presentation ceremony.

India beat England by five runs in the final at Edgbaston after scoring 129/7 in their 20 overs after rain delayed the start of the match.

India were also the joint winners, with Sri Lanka, of the 2002 Champions Trophy.

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