England v India, Champions Trophy, final, Edgbaston

Dhoni rejoices after long hard Sunday

Nagraj Gollapudi at Edgbaston

June 23, 2013

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The sight of MS Dhoni jumping triumphantly as James Tredwell failed to connect with the final ball of the match will become etched in the mind, just like his iconic six two years back that helped India to the World Cup.

But even on that April evening in Mumbai, Dhoni had not celebrated in such an exhilarating fashion as he did as India won the Champions Trophy. Dhoni later explained why he let his guard down at the end of a long, long Sunday.

"This means a lot because we were playing one of the best sides and also the kind of match that we had won," Dhoni said. "To beat England in a 130-odd game is very difficult."

Although India entered the final as the only unbeaten team, playing England on home soil against their quality fast bowling attack was a challenge that was altogether different. Add to that the pressure of playing a final of a world tournament.

Questions had been asked of Dhoni on Saturday if the Indian middle order, which had not done much batting in the tournament, could stand up to the task if the top order failed. Dhoni responded by saying his batsmen would need to play the situation.

Yet the Indian middle order crumbled under pressure only barring some late fire fighting from Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. The Indian target seemed small. Dhoni agreed that the frequent rain interruptions did act as a distraction.

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"After every few overs our batsmen had to come off," he said. "People talk about getting set, getting used to the pace and then playing the big shots but that was never the case. Whenever the batsmen felt they were set, they had to come off and we had a break of 15-20 minutes. That never allowed us to gain any kind of momentum or build partnerships which were needed. And that was reflected when the middle order went in to bat. It was the main reason why we ended up scoring less than what we ended up scoring than what we had liked to score."

Before India began their defence, Dhoni pointed out upfront to his players that the only way India could win was by working hard and working to the plans: "Before going in I said, Let us firstly get rid of the feeling that it is a 50-over format. It is a 20-over game. We have seen in IPL that 130-run can be very difficult target to achieve."

He also asked them to not to look for the rain to act a saviour. "God is not coming to save us," Dhoni told his team in the huddle. "If you want to win this trophy we will have to fight it out. We are the number one-ranked side so let us show it that they will have to fight for these 130-odd runs. So let us not look for any outside help."

The key was not allow England to build the partnerships, hence it was important to see the back of two batsmen, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, both classical and highly successful Test batsmen, as quickly as possible.

"Trott was a very important wicket," Dhoni said. "Cook also. They are two batsmen who look to play through the innings and the others rotate around them. That means if they get they get a good partnership going they can play freely."

The fact that he is the only captain to have won all three global limited over tournaments is something Dhoni will admit is a special feeling. According to him there were similarities in the way India won the 2007 World Twenty20 and the Champions Trophy because the players were hungry to succeed and that had helped raise the overall spirit of the squad.

"There were also quite a number of players who were making a comeback and wanted to do well desperately and be part of the team," he said. "There are a few who wanted to do well and have a settled position in the side."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Naresh28 on (June 26, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

@contactsai123 - I hope Dhoni's great captaincy is sowing the seeds for the next one who takes over.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (June 26, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

Agree with @contactsai123 - I would say rather than Dhoni is lucky, Indian team is lucky to have Dhoni as captain. Dhoni - the greatest Indian captain ever!!!!

Posted by contactsai123 on (June 25, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

I would say rather than Dhoni is lucky, Indian team is lucky to have Dhoni as captain

Posted by harshthakor on (June 25, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

India deserved to win the title as they outplayed every team in the tournament.It is ironical that the match was on the verge of being banned and only 5 mins were left before they would have called off the match.No other team played consistently well in the tournament and India were head and shoulders above ever opponent outclassing every one with disdain.

In this game India pulled of a win from the clutches of defeat and Dhoni's inspirational captaincy played a major role.England were cruising home at one stage and finished as though they knew how to lose a game..This match was a testimony to the role of temperament in cricket and a great contest .Amazingly the pitch played like a 5th day turning test match track with spin playing the trumpcard.

Overall it is a shame that the final was reduced to a 20 over game and there should have been a reserve day.India could hardly prove it's true merit.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Dhoni and Ganguly are the two Best Indian captains. I don't understand why people call Dhoni the luckiest captain they just ignore his skill as a captain. Just have look at his field placement to the spinners yesterday i don't think any modern day captain would have done considering England were chasing mere 130 , that shows his aggressiveness. He deserves his success.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

I aint sure why folks keep calling him the luckiest captain..Ofcourse the Captain as good as the side is nevertheless there were captains earlier who had good team members still they just fell short. MSD'S mentoring is just as good as it gets and his school of management has bought the best of jadeja's, kohli's, raina's and sharma's. He just keeps things simple just like him. Many people literally haunted him to make statements to satisfy them and when he didn't make it they took it otherwise... He withstood pressure from all fronts and stood tall :-) I have no doubt in my mind to call him the greatest captains that India ever had.. Its not because he won us the champions trophy but because of what he actually is. He isn't lucky.. He is a cool leader, street smartness and lot of common sense.. Of course not very easy to find this combination and but when you find one like this, this is what it turns out to be .. Just a Wunderful captain.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

I think there were 2 performers whose performance in the match went almost un-recognized ... .Ashwin and Virat Kohli.

Virat's 44 for vital as he stood at the other end seeing India lose 3 great batsmen in quick succession to a mediocre pace bowler -Ravi Bopara, and still managed to cart the very same bowler for two 4's off his last over, Virat was brilliant.

Ashwin, had dream figures of 2-15 from his 4 overs, but i am talking about his surprise contribution - his fielding. Ashwin was regarded as one of the weak-links of the all-powerful Indian fielding, but he took 3 fabulous catches, at vital situations of important batsmen. Alastair Cook, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara. the most surprising for me was the Bopara catch... that was a stunner. I initially thought it was either Raina or jadeja who caught a ball that was hammered, but was surprised to see Ashwin get up with the ball.

Amazing captaincy by Dhoni. He took a risk in bowling Ishant, and it paid off.

Posted by rakesharora on (June 24, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

DHONI is DHONI Captain Cool, If we carefully observe the 2 wide balls bowled by Ishant in the 18th over both were wide of Off Stump with Packed Field on off side encouraging Morgan to play against his favored ON side and he left the 2 balls and both were rightly declared wide and Morgan got OUT on the next ball again wide but slower this time SO THERE WAS A PLAN and well executed in the end.

Posted by Naikan on (June 24, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Yes Dhoni has been to Indian cricket what Mike Brearley was to English cricket. A captain who manages to get the best out of his players. Come to think of it - for once his own batting has been almost non existent in the tournament and one did not feel it at all.

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (June 24, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

The moment I saw Tredwells first 3 deliveries turn big time, I said if we score 125 ...we will surely win....and am I glad I got it right

Posted by Jacobchikku on (June 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Top class performance and the rise of of Jadeja and Dhavan was spectacular and they are going to be the new pillers for team India in the coming years. It was not only individual brillence but collective effort with the ball, bat and in the field which won as the game, and well done to all of you falks, you really deserve this success.

Posted by F.Ephraime on (June 24, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

West indies we're once in the pounce seats then it was australia's turn and now we are seeing india going the same way even though they are not dominating in all formats but still decent in all of them,are they going to end up like them,it will be interesting to see.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

Dhonis is stuff legends are made out of. In another Era, I think he will be remembered as a incarnation of a god. The stuff he is able to do is simply super human and unbelievable.

Posted by KingOwl on (June 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Well done India! As a SL fan, I must say that despite India kicking SL out of the semis, India were clearly the most deserving winners.

Posted by VenkVishy on (June 24, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

@IndianCoolGuy, Your comments are awesome ! What a perfect way to write about MSD, a true Legend of Indian Cricket. MSD's "RICH" beard shows how much pressure he has been taking at this young age. A person can be once lucky, twice lucky but not as luck as this always in one particular field !. He is the True leader beyond immagination. Also a fantastic person ! The following 2 lines are apt "No captain moves away by giving the trophy to the youngsters after winning the title, Just like a father, taking all the load and giving fruits to his sons." & "Mahi, you have given every thing which a selfish Indian cricket fan wanted, and still very sad to listen that people say you as a luckiest captain."

Posted by starincricket on (June 24, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Awesome.. it was a mass Performance and the Victory without lossing a single match including warm-up games..!! Congrats to Team India.. Dhoni the man behind the successful script is undoubtly...

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

OK here is an explanation of Ishant's over from my mind(specially for those who STILL thinks dhoni is just a lucky captain): Jadeja had 1 over and so did Ashwin. Now when Dhoni gave the ball to Ishant (28 needed from 18), he could have thought: 1. If the English batsmen play safe, they will be home. I must lure them to make mistakes. 2. English batsman would think that the next 2 overs(would be powerplay) are of Jadeja and Ashwin, so they may decide to take the necessary risk right now. 3. They would think of Ishant as an average bowler so would freely look to hit over the top, creating opportunities. 4. Ishant is tall and would be the best choice to generate bouncers, again to create opportunities. 5. If I(Dhoni) hand the bowl to Bhuvi or Yadav, they will play on the safer side. 6. If i bowl jadeja or Ashwin now, they will play the fast bowlers well in the powerplay since these bowlers have not done a great job today. In the end, England were in a hurry to nail the game and panicked

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

It was so nice to see captain Cool hand over the trophy immediately to his team mates on receiving it . (Second time he is doing it after the world cup triumph). It shows the character of the leader who gives credit to his team. It is a lesson to learn by all leaders who credit success with them and who blame others for failure. Appreciate your character.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

Winning T20 Title, No. 1 position in tests, World cup Win and now Champions trophy Win. It is a Criket Grandslam for Dhoni. Sure, luck favours only brave. Yes Dhoni is the bravest captain.

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 24, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

this win surely dampen the disappointment of 4-0 england losses . already india wins over aus have equaled things off. india were deserving winners as they out bowled and out batted every team they faced.just as england were nervous at end , india were in middle overs after shikhar left. england is on same level of choking up matches as sa. they were never a good odi side. well done dhoni and co. made all indians proud.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

The champion Dhoni and mind you this is not in the heat of the moment.. Results speak for themselves ... No other captain in the world has done what Dhoni has done.. A big Salaam for the Champion captain Cool... All those of you who are too busy finding out how did his luck of horse run this time, time to get out of your prejudice and look at the obvious.... The Obvious, that he is one of the greatest captain in the history of cricket let alone India.. And I guess this is not said early.. not early at all.. the results are out.. all formats, all tournaments conquered... yes Indeed

"Is there any title left" ... Take a Bow Champion Dhoni

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 24, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Please do not call MSD as a luckiest captain, Lucky will be called to a person who does nothing and gets the benefit. we have to understand how much pressure he took on him to let the team perform without pressure. No captain moves away by giving the trophy to the youngsters after winning the title, Just like a father, taking all the load and giving fruits to his sons. I have never seen such a mature minded captain. One can become a good leader when he understand his subordinates. and Dhoni has all the qualities which a leader should have. His tactics are beyond ones imagination, His mental strength is stunning, His batting is extraordinary, His support to youngsters is staggering, His match finishing ability is miraculous and his character clean transparent and simple. Mahi, you have given every thing which a selfish Indian cricket fan wanted, and still very sad to listen that people say you as a luckiest captain. You are truly a legend which Indian cricket has found. LOVE YOU 4 EVER.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Everyone keep on saying dhoni is lucky. Remember fortune favors the brave and dhoni is the bravest and the most fearless captain. No one can go on to be lucky for three biggest tournament in the history of cricket. His bold and fearless decision has done it for india again. And he will continue to do it. India had better team in the 2003 wc final against australia but the confused decision of the then captain sourav ganguly to field first at a lovely batting track made india lost in the final. Dhoni you are the one for indian cricket And lets stop criticising when someone is doing good. It is very typical Indian

Posted by crocker on (June 24, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

As they say - No comment on indian cricket is complete without mentioning one name. So here it comes. "Absence of Sachin Tendulkar was not felt." Indian cricket has out grown hero worship.

Posted by testmatchonly on (June 24, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

It is unbelievable people still calling MSD as lucky, luckier, luckiest !!! This guy is a genius. Why cant we simply accept that and move on ? Its impossible to play this amount of cricket, lead in all 3 formats, lead in IPL and keep winning consistently with so many different team combinations. Let us accept that we are seeing a rare leadership material in front of our eyes and live peacefully.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

A real nail biting Finish.I do not agree that MSD is a luckiest Captain,but a cool and Strategic Captain.Definitely he might be facing criticism had that over from Ishant Sharma back fired,but at the end that has happened to be the best deciding over.This is where MSD's coolness prevails.Let us Join and Congratulate TEAM INDIA wholeheartedly.

Posted by A.Ak on (June 24, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Dhoni got a group of players who a keen to perform, no need to worry about anything else but win. Positive and fearless. And they do perform. We are lucky to have a game in end.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Many congratulations to the whole team and Dhoni in particular. India might have cake walked into the finals but it was great teamwork, aggression (in right sense though), eagerness to win and great captaincy that won the match for us. What I liked the most throughout the tournament was India's gentlemanly approach; the team was focused, stuck to basics, worked and executed their plans very well and most of all showed no arrogance (even Kholi walked off quietly when dismissed). The current group is an example of how a team should be. Congrats once again and thanks for the wonderful victory.

MSD - Many congrats for becoming the first (and perhaps the only) captain to have own all major ICC tournaments; something that is almost impossible in future given the fact that not many teams have same captain for all formats of the game. We love you MSD.

Posted by Darnakka on (June 24, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

I was so frustrated when Ishant Sharma bowled those two wides and was just about to switch off the TV. But what a turn around and what a game. England could have even won on the last ball had tredwell connected that shot.

Dhoni, the most luckiest captain ever...

Posted by ramli on (June 24, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

India had all the negative omen to start with ... ODI reduced to T20 ... loss of toss ... frequent rain interruptions ... etc. ... Well done Team India under MSD ...

Posted by shrastogi on (June 24, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Congratulations to Team India on Chmapions troophy win and to Dhoni for becoming only captain to win all five ICC trophies. I hope the team is aware that there is a national calamity in India and dedicate their win to the victims of Uttarakhand tragedy. Just imagine when your set batsmen were uncomforted by rains to lose their wickets how have those felt/fared as the rains/flood marred Uttarakhand.

Posted by darth_whore on (June 24, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

"It was the main reason why we ended up scoring less than what we ended up scoring than what we had liked to score."

This statement by Dhoni made my brain explode. What a complex sentence !!!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Brilliant. Captains Luck. Luck always favors brave and MSD has proved to be 1. he is the luckiest man on earth. whatever he touch turns into gold. we have many times seen that his decisions which seem crazy paying off. 2 wickets in 2 from most expensive bowler when most of indian fans / commentators were questioning the decision to give him the ball paid really well. ishant won it for them in that over. most remarkable thing is only 3 players were in worldcup2011 winning team and new faces done it. india was by far the best team in this tournament.

England: well we say SA are chokers but england beat them yesterday. at 20 off 15 balls with 2 set batsman, it was theirs to loose and they did it perfectly. they should have won it from there. but they tries to finish in that ishant's over. morgam, bopara, butler and bresnan played some crazy shots.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

dhoni should b e proud man ! so should v d fans. d way he handled his boys speaks volume abt his class. but i think he's stunning stump-outs of bell & trott brought india back into d game. that was wicket-keeping at d best, though bell might feel hard-lucked. nevetheless, crdit should go 2 dhoni. he's got so much self-belief which 2 others seems like luck/gambling. time again he's brought stunning results which needs 2 b appreciated. the only blip were d two 4-0 white-washes where he seemed helpless bcos of d respect 2 d seniors who he could'nt motivate/reign -in. now that he's got a young team under his command, he should try 2 win a test series abroad which is d only thing alluding him.

Posted by DukeJeyaraj on (June 24, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

INDIA EDGE OUT ENGLAND IN THE EDGBASTON EDGE-OF-THE-SEAT THRILLER! Duke Jeyaraj puts the Champions Trophy 2013 India-England Final in Edgbaston, England on 23 June 2013 in poetry.

This Champions Trophy Final almost never took off because of the near non-stop rainfall, In the end, it was it proved to be an edge-of-the-seat exciting game for all, A gripping World Tournament Final it was, with any result possible until the very last ball. Like he has done all through the tourney, Opener Dhawan the ball in his typical style, maul, As India's innings progressed, big-match hero's Dhoni's duck did the Indian frenzied fans, appall, But Kohli and Jadeda's calculated hitting got India a total, in the given conditions, which was definitely not small, India bowlers bowled a tight line, and it looked like England's were to suffer their typical World Tourney Finals' fall, But battler Bopara and 'monk' Morgan counter-attacking hitting had India's backs against the wall, Raina's three tight overs

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

congratulations to team India. worthy winners . against all odds . They have the mettle to prove ,they are the champion team. Mr. shewag .This is purely the magic of Mr. Dhoni. even without good names . he had shown. you have once said if good players are around you can show results. if you are been given the same team i am sure you could not do this. learn to accept facts in life. all the best India kesav koundinya

Posted by US_Indian on (June 24, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

Just there is a word or phrase frequently used by management guru's- think out of box but very seldom people do put to use that phrase but I have seen time and again MSD does and does it with great success and occasional failure too- he has different ideas much like a international grandmaster in chess the same way a good chess player has 10 different moves in mind and calculates his opponents next move and makes his move to catch the opponent unguarded, that is what makes him so successful maybe it is promoting a batsman in a particular situation or using a bowler or making a field placement. He may not be a suave metropolitan or a well read person but one thing he does best is read people's minds and situations precisely more often than not.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

Congratulations to Team India

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

dhoni is great ..............rest are ................boastful only

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 24, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

FOR US FANS .....its a special win cause we remember our 8-0 drubbing in the England TEST and ODI's of 2011. People say we are flat track bullies and yet we have SHATTERED many records and these have been done all over the world. Apart from pace bowling we have enough talent. At the end of the day a captain like DHoni keeps telling everyone forget what you have won or lost in the past - its a new game and only look ahead.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

I have no respect for BCCI but Dhoni is just awesome. People in India consider Tendulkar as the God of cricket but Dhoni is way ahead of him. The best captain for India and one of the all time best in the world.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Congratulation to Team INDIA... I will say Dhoni is Great Cricketer in the world. He had put Isant in the bowling where Isant already given 7 runs per over. He is having great 3rd eye view.. I will say to all Indian Jay HO................

Posted by Lightsaber on (June 24, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

MSD saving 3 overs of spin for the very end was bizzare though....He could have killed the chase earlier...Any way very happy that india can play their flamboyant brand of cricket in any conditions...Huge achivement and greater proof of temperment...

Posted by Haleos on (June 24, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

Thanks a million Team India. Guess what the fans of some competitors may be feeling right now....having some well deserved humble pie I suppose. Lol...I expect them to be back with a bang when the tri series starts next week.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

congrats team india, many more victories r wating ahead for u, u r the best team of t world, team india i really proud to b an indian

Posted by sherishahmir on (June 24, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

Well played India, played like champions with 100% wins, simply unbelievable, credit goes to whole team and MS for his remarkable captaincy, Heartiest Congratulations from a Pakistani fan.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

After conceding the test series to England at home, this is a nice little statement made by the Indian team.

Bulldozed the opponents throughout the tournament without losing a matchg (including warm-ups).

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Well, first thing first, congratulation to MS and team India for this win in the final. If they would have lost the final it will be painful to both team as well as its fans after putting up such a good show. But having said that doesn't mean England is lesser in any terms, they also played their heart out in pursue of first ICC title but unfortunately failed. Though I think apart from the toil by the teams it is the ground staff and their arrangements because of which this tournament is ended with a lone winner. They should have given a special prize collectively. Though I think having reached the knock out with a 'dead-rubber' to play India should have tried their bench inspite giving too much an attention against his 'arch-rivals', India hardly gets such an opportunity. May be if Mishra, Pathan could have been tried they could make an impact in the finals. Now coming back I think England missed a trick to take PP when Bopara/Morgan were at crease.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

By bringing in Ishant at the critical juncture, Dhoni enticed the Brits and they fell into the trap. Brilliant!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

What is a great trait of a leader? to instill high performance from the team yet remain visible..MSD has all traits to be a great leader..he exudes confidence yet he retains composure..he takes all flaks for poor show but credits entire team for the victory..The fact that he is in top 10 of ODI rankings for more than 6 years is no joke and that too batting at 5 down...nobody noticed his glovework..his stumping in final was the best in business..But Alas we overlook all his hardwork and find it easy to call him Lucky!!!

Posted by sharidas on (June 24, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Good going lads. Even with a score of 129, I was positive you could do it. Thanks ! you have made a 64 year old guy very happy !

Posted by Narayan.Shastri on (June 24, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

Team BCCI - or rather Team India - truly deserved to win this tournament. Playing away from home, seaming conditions, fields very conducive for acrobatic, sharp fielding - and above all - Dhoni's leadership was like the one in 2007 T20 WC. Great win!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

He is the only captain to give the trophy to their team mates and move away....Great captain...

Posted by Pathiyal on (June 24, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

the decisions he takes at crucial stages can be scary (giving the ball the ishant) but most of the time, works wonders for the team. may be he wanted to get a wkt by giving shock treatment to the opposition? excellent captaincy once again :-)

Posted by 1611born on (June 24, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

when dhoni brought ishant into the attack...i thought like"Y DHONI YYYYYYYYYYYYY" as he had a bad day ...bt that over turned the match toward india..arguably best indian captain ever...hatsoff man

Posted by pull_shot on (June 24, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

The gambles taken by in this tournament: 1) Opening with rohit 2)going with 2 spinners right from first match (not considering pathan) 3)giving ishanth 4th over

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

The world votes SRT for Humility, MSD for Cool-headedness. I would ascribe both traits to MSD wholeheartedly! Cool and composed, Humble and simple- MSD! you are truly great and make us all proud indeed!

Posted by YogifromNY on (June 24, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Superb win, crafted by a wily leader who has instilled the 'never say die' spirit in his team. I see that all the Dhoni haters are in hiding, from where they will come crawling out the next time something minor goes wrong. Dhoni is a great captain who has built on the fabulous work started by Ganguly, then Dravid and Kumble. For the first time, he has been given a team that he wanted, having shed former greats - now deadweights - Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir and Zaheer. And it shows how the team unites behind Dhoni and exerts itself in a common cause. Amazing stuff. All the best from here on out, MS! God bless.

Posted by Vivekaks on (June 24, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

In Dhoni, we trust. Ganguly can go on ranting that Dhoni is a gambler, a lucky man....you dont win 3 global tournaments in 6 years by being plain lucky...Agreed ganguly instilled the faith and agression in the team. but he had 3 of the finest batsmen and greatest spinner india has had at his disposal. not with Dhoni...he has carefully strung together a bunch of match winners....raina, jadeja, kohli, ashwin and now dhawan. We may never be able to compare 2 eras..bcos the game has changed and so have the rules...but just get down to appreciate the achievements of a man...who has had to endure 2 overseas 4-0 defeats....and yet comes back to win global tournaments....hats off...and for all the talks on responsibility on sachins shoulders...the expectations have moved to dhoni...nto jus as a batsman but as a leader too...he has to endure so much...and i have no doubt...he will retire as a captain... To me...the best indian skipper ever!!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

Congrats to Team India and Dhoni.!!!This is champ team which has made the country proud. An absolute flawless performance throughout and great performance under pressure in the final.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

India!!! You are Superb!!!

Posted by tumuvij on (June 24, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

Dhoniii bhai.. You are the champ.. Your decisions rock.. And the boys.. Kohli..Jadeja..Raina..Rohit..Shikar..DK.. you all are superb.. Great leadership ..great Team..Great Win.. You stole Millionsss hearts and made them proud.. !!!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

MSD - Arguably the greatest captain of the Indian cricket team. Also the one who stole the heart today was Dhawan.The way he was quick to dedicate his trophy to the flood victims was just wonderful.Way to go team India..

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

Well Done, MS. We are proud of you.

Posted by Kulaputra on (June 24, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

Dhoni is a wonderful leader of men and under his captaincy the team has flourished. Duncan Fletcher remains in the background and no one knows what his contribution is either to misery or happiness. Dhoni plays on the field, is visible and was happy at the end too.

Unlike World cup, there was no SRT to spoil his celebrations and "we did it for Tendulkar" nonsense

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

Dhoni - the coolest captain ever! It's funny how he is labeled lucky, while ordinary captains like Cook are hyped up.

Posted by Temuzin on (June 24, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

It was heartening to see Sir Jaddu finally coming of age. His two man of the match awards and golden ball is as precious as the cup it self. He is truly rockstar of Indian cricket. Well played SirJi.

Posted by peeam on (June 24, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

Not sure if many people noticed Dhoni's actions on receiving the trophy. No kissing or lifting the trophy. He hands it to Dhawan and quietly moves to the sidelines out of the camera view. In this age of brashness and over exuberance, a moment to savor.

Posted by gtr800 on (June 23, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

What a captain. Truly awe-inspiring, brilliant, cool, level-headed stuff.

Posted by Nampally on (June 23, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

Dhoni had every reason to go into full fledged jolification to celebrate a hard earned victory. It is good to see the raw emotions instead of bottling all up. Some of the moves MSD made today were outstanding. For example no Captain would have faith in Ishant Sharma to bowl the 17th over with game on the line. Kumar, Ashwin, Jadeja would have been the 3 guys who bowled 3 overs each. Yet without Ishant getting 2 well set batsmen off 2 balls, India had no chance to win. Whatever MSD's reasoning was, that was a stroke of a genius! Bopara's 3 wkts. all came because of the rain interruptions in the first 6 overs when the batsmen never had a chance to get their MOJO going. All 3 - Dhawan, Raina & Dhoni would never be out to Bopara if India had a proper uninterrupted run of 20 overs- like England had. This was a huge factor in India failing to cross at least 160 in addition to losing the Toss. Despite these multiple strikes going the weong way India won! Great win MSD & Team India, BRAVO.

Posted by Sanj747 on (June 23, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

A very good win by a very good side. Thoroughly deserved to win going undefeated. India are setting the benchmark in ODIs. Teams like Australia can learn from this as India have essentially dealt with the retirement of Tendulkar and moved on with dropping Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Zaheer Khan. In Dhoni they have a very good leader. Congratulations to India. A brilliant performance.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

they say he is lucky to get a good team.....but I believe it is sheer brilliance and hard work which has made him successful.....

You cant win just by having pocket aces......u have to play them intelligently and take a risk with your kicker card and hope that ur efforts turn into success....

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 23, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

The KEY to India's success was India did not rely on external factors, but in their own self belief, while England relied on rain, cloud, wind, overcast conditions to help them to victory, a victory that they have never achieved in a 50 over ICC tournament.

Posted by Abster911 on (June 23, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

healthy competition within team = hunger for success => high team spirit + success

no/less hunger = less motivation = lesser success for team vs more hungrier teams

therefore hunger is the root of success for any team.

the more the better!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 23, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

He is Captain Cool, the Iceman, and what ever name we can give him. Easily, one of the world's finest captains and certainly India's BEST ever captain to represent the nation. Captain marvel has done it again from a seemingly hopeless situation. I bet every team want to have MSD as their skipper. He's a champion and knows nothing more than victories. He also has a strong, core group of young players to ably support him. India's batting looks solid, bowling looks decent and fielding looks at part with most top notch fielding sides if not better. Everything looks good for India's future. I bet this core group will also wear the Royal Blue caps in tests. It seems India have smoothly eased into transition following the exit of the greats. And there are more players waiting still, which is the best news for Indian fans. Some of those reserve players are match winners in their own rights. So well done India and keep going strong. Maintain your humility, and play the game with determination.

Posted by CurrynOz on (June 23, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

Great job MSD.. Reminds me of 2007 T-20 WC when in the India Pakistan league game (not the fnals) he gave glimpses of a different captain from regular Indian fare. For the next 2 years the way he brought the bowling changes was amazing.. He rotated the bowlers really smatly. It off in last 2 years post WC.. But it is back again..And of course a captain is as good as his team.. Kudos to entire Indian fourteen or fifteen and the support staff.

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