CT 2013 awards

Potentially the last-ever ICC Champions Trophy and arguably the best, we look back at some of the most memorable moments from this year's event.

Last Updated: 24/06/13 at 13:36 Post Comment

India celebrate winning the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston

India celebrate winning the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston

Team - India

Who else? Five matches, five wins and deserved champions. Few gave Mahendra Singh Dhoni's young side a chance for the trophy with the likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan out of the picture, but their absences simply paved the way for a new generation to be born. Exciting with the bat, disciplined with the ball and electric in the field, India took Group B by storm before thrashing sub-continent rivals Sri Lanka in a potentially tricky semi-final. Host nation England stood in India's way in the final, at Edgbaston, where thousands of fans in white, green and orange turned out to support their side. Rain reduced the match to 20 overs per side and Dhoni's men appeared to have blown their chance when posting only 129-7 from their allocation. Their chances seemed over when Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara took England within 20 runs of victory, however India came storming back to take four wickets in seven balls and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Player - Shikhar Dhawan

Few, outside of India, had heard of left-handed opening batsman Dhawan prior to the opening match of the tournament. Everyone has now! With just five one day internationals under his belt prior to the opening match against South Africa, Dhawan announced himself with a scintillating 114 against South Africa - his maiden ODI hundred. Like London buses, a second arrived in the following match, an unbeaten 102 leading India to an emphatic eight-wicket win over West Indies. With their qualification assured, a quickfire 48 helped India top Group B against Pakistan and a mature knock of 68 followed in an eight-wicket mauling of Sri Lanka in the semis. Despite only 31 in the rain-hit final, Dhawan finished with 363 runs in the tournament - 134 than the next best, Jonathan Trott.

Bowler - Ravi Jadeja

You would have got long odds on a spinner finishing as the leading wicket-taker in an England-based tournament, however left-armer Jadeja walked away with the 'Golden Ball' after claiming 12 scalps in five matches. The canny spin bowler claimed career-best figures of 5-36 against the West Indies at The Oval and finished the three group matches with nine wickets. But it was Sunday's final where the 24-year-old really earned his salt. After blasting an unbeaten 33 to get India up to a competitive total, Jadeja then played a key part with the ball. England opener Ian Bell appeared to be taking England towards victory before Jadeja had him controversially stumped. The outcome remained in the balance when Jos Buttler came to the middle, but the left-armer held his nerve to bowl England's remaining hope.

Innings - Kumar Sangakkara

Plenty of contenders for this award but the stand-out batting display came from one of the greatest players to have played the game. Chasing 294 against England at The Oval and knowing defeat would send them packing from the tournament, Sri Lanka were firmly on the ropes. Enter Sangakkara. The cultured left-hander produced an innings of pure class against an England attack touted the best in the competition. James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and co simply had no answer to the 35-year-old, who carried his bat with an unbeaten 134 to see Sri Lanka home alongside Nuwan Kulasekara, who crashed 58 not out.

Catch - Joe Root v New Zealand

One of the highlights of this year's tournament was the fielding, not least by eventual champions India. However it is a young Englishman who scoops this award. In a rain-shortened match with New Zealand at Cardiff, the Black Caps were wobbling in pursuit of 170 with Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum in the middle. Only an England win would keep them in the tournament, and Root's stunning catch to dismiss McCullum was a huge moment in the match. Running in from deep square-leg, Root dived forward full length and took the ball centimetres from the ground after McCullum had connected powerfully with a pull shot off Ravi Bopara. The New Zealand skipper claimed a couple of stunning catches himself, one in the same game to remove Ian Bell and another in the slips off the first ball of the match against Sri Lanka.

Match - New Zealand v Sri Lanka

The batting police filled their vans at Cardiff as New Zealand and Sri Lanka played out a low-scoring thriller in the group stages. McCullum's 'superman catch' to dismiss Kusal Perera off the very first ball of the match set the tone as Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 138 - the lowest score of the tournament. The Black Caps appeared to be cruising in reply on 48-1 before three wickets fell for the cost of just one run. Lasith Malinga (4-34) tormented New Zealand's batsmen with his beautifully disguised slower balls, evoking shades of Chris Cairns v Chris Read as the Kiwis crashed to 134-9. The tension amongst both sets of fans was unbearable with five runs still required for victory but final pair Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan scrambled the men in black over the line, just!

Villain - Kieron Pollard

World Twenty20 champions West Indies were fancied by many to add a 50-over trophy to their cabinet, however those hopes went up in smoke in dramatic circumstances against South Africa in the group stages. Set a target of 231 in 31 overs, Kieron Pollard's dismissal from the final delivery before rain brought a premature end to the contest meant West Indies finished on 190-6 in 26.1 overs - level with the Duckworth/Lewis par score. The tie sent South Africa through and West Indies fans were left to rue what might have been had Pollard stayed at the crease.

Team of the tournament

S Dhawan, K Sangakkara (wkt), J Trott, V Kohli, J Root, R Bopara, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, L Malinga, J Anderson, M McClenaghan.

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