It was this day in 2013, eight years ago, when Indian former skipper MS Dhoni-led India to its third ICC trophy by defeating England in the final of Champions Trophy 2013. The match was slated to be a 50-over contest but due to rain, the overs got reduced to 20-overs per side. Dhoni led his side to just 129 runs with the loss of seven wickets in the allotted twenty overs.
The current skipper Virat Kohli top-scored for the team as he scored a knock of 43 runs from 34 balls with the help of four boundaries and one six. In the final overs, Ravindra Jadeja played a cameo of just 25 balls to take the team’s total past the 120-run mark. Ravi Bopara took three wickets for England in that innings. While chasing the total of 130, the England team collapsed at 46 runs with the loss of four wickets in the eight over as Alastair Cook departs with scoring two runs, Jonathan Trott with 20 runs, Ian Bell with 13 runs and Joe Root with just seven runs, were all sent back to the pavilion. The England team lost their two crucial wickets of Eoin Morgan who scored 33 runs and Ravi Bopara who scored 30 runs to build the team’s innings, both of them were sent back to Pavillion by Ishant Sharma.
After the dismissal of these two batsmen, England couldn’t manage to recover and the side ended up losing the finals by five runs. MS Dhoni became the first captain in the history of cricket to win all major ICC Trophies such as 50-over World Cup, 20-over World Cup and the Champions trophy.