India ended England’s hopes of ever winning an ICC Champions Trophy as the tournament is now being taken over by the new ICC World Test Championship. England were on form defeating South Africa with absolute ease in order to get to the final of the tournament, but India were also on form and proved too good for the England side who do not play to their full potential in world finals. In the last 6 world finals, England have managed to win only one in 2010 when they beat Australia by seven wickets and they have lost all of the others.
This was the first time England were playing India in a world final and the pressure was on for both sides. Unfortunately, the game was reduced to 20 overs as the rain interrupted the tournament yet again meaning England were chasing 130 and were on their way to win the game. England looked as though they were going to defeat India when they only needed to score 20 from 16 balls, yet they underestimated India’s bowlers and crumbled under pressure.
Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara were at the crease for England and just needed to stay in the game scoring as many points as possible. However, Morgan was quickly bowled out on 33 which was the first of four wickets seeing England score only 3 runs. The nerves got the better of the hosts as their final batter, James Tredwell, needed six points from the last ball to clinch victory, but sadly could not get that many as England finished as the runner-ups.
England just couldn’t seem to ever win the ICC Champions Trophy despite coming runner-up twice. They hosted it for the second time this year as they also hosted it back in 2004, when they were defeated in the final by the West Indies. This was the final time the ICC Champions Trophy will be played and the last winners of the tournament are India, who have previously won it in in 2002, but that was a joint win with Sri Lanka.
England captain, Alastair Cook, commented, “From that position, you back yourself to win more times than you lose. It’s a tough pill to swallow. We’re devastated, but we’ll move on and try to get better.” He continued, “We’ve been under a fair bit of pressure in this tournament. Quite a lot of criticism and flak have been thrown our way and yet we got to the final. We’ve played some good cricket and I’m proud of the way the lads have fought.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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