CHENNAI: June 23 marks the 7th anniversary of India’s Champions Trophy win in England where they defeated the hosts by just 5 runs in a rain-curtailed final. It was India’s second Champions Trophy title after the 2002 edition. During that edition, India had to share the honours with Sri Lanka.
R Ashwin, India’s star off-spinner, took to Twitter on Tuesday to relive the memories of that fine performance. “So many people to congratulate for that evening at Birmingham #championstrophy2013 but it will stick in my head for the pressure under which the team delivered that result. The lead up to that champions trophy was very tense and each and every member delivered in style,” tweeted Ashwin.

It was Ashwin’s (2 for 15) tight last over that saw India clinch the crown. Six was needed off the final ball and England’s James Tredwell failed to get it.
While opener Shikhar Dhawan led the run-scoring charts in the tournament with 363 runs from 5 outings at an impressive average of 90.75, Ravindra Jadeja stood out for his bowling skills. The left-arm spinner scalped 12 wickets from 5 games.
The victory gave former skipper MS Dhoni the unique distinction of becoming the first skipper to have won all major white-ball cricket tournaments. He had won the 2007 World T20 before helping India clinch the ODI World Cup crown in 2011. The 2013 CT victory remains the Indian senior team’s last ICC tournament.





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