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NEW DELHI, 24 JUNE: The cricket fraternity today hailed the Indian team’s “tremendous achievement,” with some former players speaking of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s “ability to rise from the ashes” and instill confidence in his young team-mates.
The ex-players spoke highly of the young team’s ability to perform under pressure and said it augured well for the future of Indian cricket after the retirements of many stalwarts. “They are a fantastic team because the way they have played, the way they have won every match, the way they have come out of tough situations, underlines a champion’s mentality and that’s what we have seen throughout this tournament,” Sunil Gavaskar said, adding: “He (Dhoni) has got this ability to rise from the ashes. He has treated those two imposters — fame and failure — in just the same manner. I think that is the reason why he is able to bounce back after a tough time,” Gavaskar said. Gundappa Viswanath also lauded Dhoni, now holding the unique record of being the only captain to have won three world titles in the sport.
“It’s a tremendous win. We expected them to win, especially after the way they started the tournament. Full marks to Dhoni. Now, he has all the world titles to his name. He is undoubtedly one of the best captains we have ever produced. There has been no change in his captaincy and he has been continuing in the same way with his cool and composed approach to the game and is taking up challenges up front,” Vishwanath said. Krishnamachari Srikkanth said India had again proved their superiority.
“This is an excellent win. Yet again, they proved that they were the best team in the world in one-dayers.
In 2011, they had won the World Cup and again they proved their superiority with solid performances,” he said. Gavaskar said Dhoni had managed to develop the team into a good unit. “You expect a final to be a close thing but before that, till the semi-finals, they won quite easily. It just speaks volumes about the way the team have developed into a unit. It speaks volumes about their temperament.” Anshuman Gaekwad was of the view that the Champions Trophy triumph would help restore fans’ faith.
“I am extremely happy and proud to be an Indian. They have played all-round cricket. These small targets are always dangerous, but the boys did not wilt under pressure and showed amazing character,” he said, adding: “It was so much important to win the trophy to win back the faith of the fan. It’s a tremendous achievement from that point of view.”
Chandu Borde compared the Champions Trophy victory with the 1983 World Cup win.
“In 1983, in a low-scoring match, we won the World Cup. Similarly, under pressure, the new boys have performed well. There is a similarity between 1983 and yesterday’s victory,” he said.