India won the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy with a 129-124 victory over England in the final match on Sunday.
England needed to stage a major comeback, as it needed six runs in order to win with just one ball remaining. James Tredwell swung, but couldn’t connect, handing India the victory and the title.
Virat Kohli was arguably the top player for India in the final, scoring 43 runs during the contest. If it weren’t for his contributions, there’s no way that India would’ve come out victorious. He scored 177 runs throughout the tournament, which was the third-most on the team and the fifth-most among other hitters.
The conditions weren’t great all match long, as the pitch was very damp from rain, but India was able to overcome Mother Nature and come out with a massive win.
“The pitch was really damp but we stuck it out well, said Kohli, according to ICC-Cricket.com. “They were really going well with the bat but Ishant [Sharma] struck back with two wickets in two balls and that’s how we play.”
Shikhar Dhawan has been one of the best hitters in the tournament and scored 31 runs against England. With the additional runs, he extended his lead in runs for the ICC Champions Trophy. He finishes with more than 100 runs more than the next closest player, Jonathan Trott of England.
“I know my game now and I knew I could do it,” said Dhawan. “We knew what we had to do, we stuck to our plans we did it. It’s a great feeling for me personally, coming back into the side and I’ve really enjoyed playing in this tournament.”
Ravindra Jadeja, who had been great all tournament long for India, didn’t have his best match. He allowed 24 runs on four overs for a 6.00 economy rate. He finishes the ICC Championship Trophy with a 3.75 economy rate in five matches, which is the seventh best among other bowlers.
India took Group B by storm, entering the knockout stage undefeated at 3-0. England, on the other hand, lost to Sri Lanka during group play, but managed to qualify with a 2-1 record.
India defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the semifinals while England defeated South Africa by seven wickets to advance to the championship match.
This year was the second final appearance for England, having lost in 2004. India was a joint winner with Sri Lanka back in 2002.