'This Indian team doesn't have slackers'

Last Updated: Sun, Jun 30, 2013 06:10 hrs

​While the New Zealanders may well dispute that the two best teams in the tournament contested the Champions Trophy final, there was general agreement that both teams deserved to be in the finals.

The Kiwis had just beaten England in the three match series that had preceded the tournament and in the last game of the qualifiers they were entitled to believe that they would have won if the no ball against Stuart Broad had been called, for that would not only have deprived England of the wicket of Kane Williamson, who was batting so well, but would have also meant an extra run, an extra ball and a free hit off the next ball.

As they lost the game by only 10 runs that was a decisive blow to their chances, of them and not England being the team that went through to the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.

So if any England supporter is whingeing about the Ian Bell stumping in the finals, they should be told that England would not have been in the finals if that Broad no-ball had been called.

New Zealand have shown by winning the T20 series after the Champions Trophy that they were the superior team but as we know in limited overs cricket anything can happen and one bad day can mean a top team going out of the event.

That is why India's win is all the more remarkable as they simply did not have a bad day and even when it looked as if the odds were stacked against them and the weather conditions were conspiring against them, they raised the level of their game and played better cricket than their opponents.

This Indian team had no slackers and every player played his part in the triumph and the selection comitte deserves kudos for doing what they believed in and picking the players that they felt were going to be the best in the conditions in England.

Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jedeja were the pick of the players getting most runs and wickets in the tournament but without the others chipping in, they would not have been able to play the leading part that they played.

Above all there was skipper Dhoni who remained his usual unflustered self and played by his gut feel and instinct to make the moves that got results.

The CEAT International player of the week is Ravichandran Ashwin for his bowling and catching that had a big role in India winning the Champions Trophy.

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