Sunil Gavaskar questions England's tactics against India in ICC Champions Trophy 2013 final

England batsman Tim Bresnan’s (left) run out was comical to say the least, Sunil Gavaskar stated © Getty Images

Mumbai: Jun 25, 2013 

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday questioned England’s tactics against India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 final, which the hosts lost by five runs on Sunday.

Gavaskar asked whether England are the new ‘chokers’ in cricket in wake of their dramatic slip against India from a comfortable position in their chase of 130 at Edgbaston in a rain-truncated final.

Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India: “Are England the new chokers? That question has to be asked after they collapsed from a winning position to lose yet another summit clash of a global event.”

The former Indian cricketer said England batsmen were responsible for their disastrous show in the final.

“The manner in which some of the later batsmen got out was nothing short of blind panic as they played shots that schoolboys would think twice about and there was a run out that was comical to say the least,” Gavaskar wrote.

He added, “This is the fifth ODI final that England have lost and the manner of the latest defeat bring out awkward question of their temperament.”

Gavaskar heaped praise on Team India after their memorable win.

“India on the other hand under ‘captain cool’ kept their nerve and when it mattered raised the level of their game to keep pressure on and just did not give up when the situation looked tough. They were by far the best team in the tournament and fully deserved to win what is likely to be the last ever ICC Champions Trophy,” he wrote.

“They [India] are now the only team apart from the West Indies who have won the world trophy in every format of the game,” he expressed.

Gavasakar criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not keeping a reserve day in the schedule in case no play was possible on the day of the final.

He wrote: “While applauding the ICC for its decision to extend the playing hours and to give the patient crowd some cricket, it is hard to understand that there was no reserve day for the finals. Of course, the reserve day could also have been as bad as the final day and there could have been no game at all, but to have a final of a 50-over tournament being decided over 20 overs, when there is already a T20 World Cup, made little sense and was quite clearly unfair to both teams who had worked so hard to get to the finals.”

Gavaskar said, “If it was because New Zealand had to complete its tour of England with the mandatory T20 Internationals, then the question is why the tournament was not slotted after the New Zealand tour was over.”

He concluded, “If host countries are not going to give the best month of their summer to an important tournament, should they be given the event at all?”