The Champions Trophy final saw a lot of excellent performances, some decent performances and some really low cricketing displays from both sides. The English batsmen failed to consolidate their bowlers’ efforts while the Indian middle-order struggled to cope with the marauding English bowlers. Here’s a look at some of the members from both teams that make them the cast members for the Champions Trophy’s ‘Heroes and Flops’ section:
Heroes of the Day
– Ravindra Jadeja: If the Queen decides to actually knight Ravindra Jadeja after his performance in the Champions Trophy, it would be well-deserved. He batted like a hero, bowled like a fighter and then lived to tell his tale to the world. The highest wicket-taker the tournament with brilliant batting cameos, Ravindra Jadeja deserves all the applause that he’s received so far and then some more.
– Ravi Bopara: He was instrumental during the English bowling, picking two important wickets. During the English run-chase too, he almost got the job done before Ishant Sharma abruptly ended his innings. But it was Bopara’s presence in the team made it possible for them to be optimistic till the end about their chances in the match. He may have almost gotten the job done, but Bopara’s performance in the final wasn’t really done in half-measures.
– Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and R. Ashwin: A collective clapping round for these three guys who got India the victor’s podium. Kohli and Dhawan with their batting and Ashwin with his impeccable bowling made India be in the game, in spite of a not-so inspiring start.
Flops of the Day
– Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina: These two Indian batsmen merely put in a blink-and-miss appearance in the final. Had they been around for quite some while, who knows, India may have even gone past 150-runs – a total that would have made the Indian bowlers even more confident about their prowess.
– Jos Buttler: The English wicket-keeper had a completely miserable Champions Trophy outing and an even worse final. Sent down the order, Buttler’s batting innings failed to give the English run-chase necessary support leaving them in a lurch. Had Buttler stood up and delivered yesterday, he would have gone down as a heroic figure rather than a meek flop making his name felt in this section.
Apart from these stand-outs, other names that can be counted as ‘Mixed-Bags’ with both good and below-par performances include MS Dhoni, James Tredwell, Ishant Sharma and Eoin Morgan.