23rd June marks the day when the Indian team added another ICC Trophy to their cabinet by winning the Champions Trophy in 2013. The men in blue remained unbeaten in the tournament and defeated England in the final to claim their third ICC title under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
The former Indian skipper became the only captain to win all the three major ICC trophies during his reign. The 40-year-old is regarded as the most successful captain to have ever led the Indian Cricket team.
To celebrate the ninth anniversary of this grand feat, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a tweet. “#OnThisDay in 2013, #TeamIndia, led by @msdhoni, beat host England to lift the ICC Champions Trophy. Dhoni became the first Captain (in Men’s cricket) to win all three ICC trophies in limited-overs cricket,” read the tweet.
Here is the tweet
Dhoni became the first Captain (in Men’s cricket) to win all three ICC trophies in limited-overs cricket. 🔝 pic.twitter.com/vRObMfdEm5
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2022
India began their campaign with a crushing victory against South Africa in Cardiff, followed by victories over the West Indies and Pakistan in Birmingham. They were dominating in their victory against Sri Lanka, setting up a title match with England.
Due to bad weather, the final match was limited to 20 overs per side. India’s batting faltered, but Virat Kohli‘s 43(34) and Ravindra Jadeja’s 33*(25) innings helped India reach 129/7. England’s top order was likewise shaky, but a 64-run stand between Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara put them back in front. Ishant Sharma, though, removed both batters in the 18th over to turn the contest around.
In the 19th over, Jadeja dismissed Jos Buttler for a golden duck, and Tim Bresnan was run out two deliveries after. Ravichandran Ashwin needed to defend 15 runs off the last over and did it effectively as Stuart Broad and James Treadwell failed to pull off the chase for England.
In the end, the men in blue won by five runs. Ravindra Jadeja was the man of the match for his all-round effort, while Shikhar Dhawan was the player of the series. In five matches, he scored 363 runs at an average of 90.75. He also had two centuries and a half-century to his name.