Fans Recall MS Dhoni’s Epic Quote 9 Years After Champions Trophy Win

Nine years ago on this day, June 23, 2013, India registered a historic win in the final of the 2013 Champions Trophy, against hosts England in a last-ball thriller as MS Dhoni became the first captain – and still remains the only – to win the three limited-overs ICC trophies – having won the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup.

As a memorable the game was, Dhoni delivered one of his classic one-liners which became legendary and now his quote has gone viral on the internet as the fans celebrated 9 years of that incredible 2013 CT win, during which India remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.

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Don’t look up, God is not coming to save you: MS Dhoni

The final against England was delayed and shortened due to rain and only 20 overs per side of a game was eventually made possible. On a tacky and gripping surface, India were inserted in by Alastair Cook to bat first and managed to scrap to a total of 129 made by possible by Dhawan’s 31, Kohli’s 43 and Jadeja’s 33.

England looked in control of chasing down the total at 110/4 inside the 18th over with Morgan on 33 and Bopara on 30 well set. But then MS Dhoni unfurled his magic by giving Ishant Sharma the crucial over. After being smashed for a six by Morgan, Ishan dismissed both the set batters before Jadeja and Ashwin cleaned up the rest and India won on the last ball by 5 runs.

At the post-match presentation ceremony, hosted by Nasser Hussain, Dhoni delivered one of the famous speeches by a cricket captain.

“It’s important to be positive. I said ‘let’s look for a good start. Something that’s very critical. Don’t think about the result and the first and foremost thing was: Don’t look up, God is not coming to save you. You have to fight it out. You are the No. 1 team and let’s play like that. If we lose they will have to score the runs, we won’t make it easy for them,” Dhoni had said

Fans on Thursday recalled these iconic words by the talismanic skipper and celebrated Dhoni’s historic feat as captain.

Here are some of the best tweets:

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Jatin Khandelwal

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