Down the years: India at the ICC Champions Trophy
New Delhi: Since its inception in 1998, the ICC Champions Trophy has been a round-robin round for India’s cricket team. They triumphed three times in 2013, lost in 2000 and declared themselves joint winners with Sri Lanka in 2002 – and they play memorable matches along the way.
Here is a summary of how the old teams of India met in the Champions Trophy.
1998 International Cup Wins
The inaugural edition of the tournament included eight teams. The campaign in India was opened against Australia, where Sachin Tendulkar continued his wonderful hype against the Australians dominated by a single victory in 141 exits 128 deliveries. India accumulated 307 in which Australia was short by 44 races. His next game against the West Indies was the semi-final as the team lost with a pacemaker bowling Mervyn Dillon who sent Tendulkar and captain Mohammad Azharuddin cheap. Brian Lara (60) with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (74) has a goal 242 and passed through 47 in off with six remaining windows.
The new millennium began in India’s cricket under new leader Sourav Ganguly. The tournament was held in Kenya and marked the emphatic debut Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh. The Indian made a brief play from Kenya in the league match by registering a comfortable win with eight victories Zaheer adding three winners in his debut. The quarter-finals against the world champions, Australia, was a close fight and had many memorable events.
The brutal attack on Tendulkar Glenn McGrath derailed Australian pitchers in the first innings, which paved the way for the incredible 84 * Yuvraj in his debut. Zaheer then produced a perfect image of separating captain Steve Waugh who finally sealed the game in favor of India. As a result, India defeated title defender South Africa 95 points advantage largely thanks to the invincible 141 of Ganguly and excellent sewing Zaheer shots. Upon entering their first final, India has pledged against New Zealand respectively of 65 and four wins against Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Ganguly continued his magnificent career with 117, but it was the multi-faceted Kiwi Chris Cairns, who came out as the real star with a remarkable 102 *. At 109 for 4 years, Chris Cairns added 122 strokes for sixth time with Chris Harris and guided New Zealand home in a tight end.
ICC Champions Trophy 2002
Sri Lanka hosted the third installment of the tournament. With five months to go before the 2003 World Cup, India saw this as the perfect platform to prepare for extravagance. They had confidence in the NatWest final behind the back a few months earlier. Playing without a sponsor, India started on a positive note against Zimbabwe rising to ODI century youth by Mohammad Kaif. * His 111 came at a time when India was in a place where boredom had lost five of 87. In response, Zimbabwe struggled but could not cross the line despite Andy Flower 145.
The 11th party saw India mocking all England in 269. Virender Sehwag, who was starting to make a mark on the cricket world, was in mortal form and sent the order to open the entrances with skipper Ganguly. Both workers have scored hundreds and underwent a riot that breaks the pitchers of English in the Premadasa. Ganguly (126) and Sehwag (117 *) helped India seize the target in just 39.3 off and book a semifinal.