On this day (June 23) in 2013, India lifted the ICC Champions Trophy crown by defeating England in the final. In a rain-marred summit clash, which was reduced to 20 overs per side contest in Birmingham, India prevailed by five runs in a low-scoring thriller.
India were sent into bat after losing the toss and crumbled to 66 for five in the 13th over. However, Virat Kohli (43 off 34) and Ravindra Jadeja (33* off 25) lifted the Men in Blue to a somewhat competitive 129 for seven. In reply, England seemed to be cruising at 102 for four after 17 overs. However, Ishant Sharma dismissed the well-set duo of Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30) in the 18th over.
In the penultimate over, Jadeja cleaned up Jos Buttler for a duck to bring India right back into the game. It all came down to England needing 15 off the last over. Ravichandran Ashwin conceded only nine as the Men in Blue pulled off an incredible win.
Although Team India have failed to clinch an ICC event since their triumph in 2013, the win was a landmark moment in Indian cricket in more ways than one. On the anniversary of the famous victory, we look back at three ways the win changed Indian cricket.
#1 Emergence of Shikhar Dhawan, the ODI champion
Jadeja, however, reserved his best for the 2013 Champions Trophy final. His unbeaten 33 rescued India after they had slipped to 66 for five, batting first. The left-arm spinner then dismissed Ian Bell (13) and Buttler (0) at critical moments in the final as India sneaked home by five runs.
These days, Jadeja is one of the first names on the Indian sheet when it comes to picking a playing XI, irrespective of the format.
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