Final Defeat, But Let’s Not Forget India’s Many Positives This CT

India was on the losing side at The Oval on Sunday, however, all wasn’t lost.

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Five big games against four tough teams and India eventually failed to defend their Champions Trophy title.

Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash India by 180 runs and lift the trophy for the first time.

Now, India might have been on the losing side at The Oval, however, all wasn’t lost. Here’s a look at the positives India took back from the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

1. Pandya’s Punches

Hardik Pandya – India’s big investment all-rounder – started the tournament with three back-to-back sixes in India’s tournament opener against Pakistan. And was India’s highest scorer in the final, scoring 76 off 46.

2. Dhawan’s ICC Run

Continuing his ICC tournament run-scoring spree, Shikhar Dhawan finished as India’s highest scorer with 338 runs in 5 matches, including one century and two half-centuries.

Enroute his 46 against Bangladesh in the semi-final, Dhawan became India's highest run-getter in the Champions Trophy, surpassing former skipper Sourav Ganguly's haul of 665 runs.

The Delhi batsman also broke masterblaster Tendulkar's record of becoming the fastest to score 1,000 runs in ICC One-day International (ODI) events.

3. Rohit’s Return

Playing for India for the first time since his injury in November 2016, Rohit Sharma finished the tournament with 304 runs, including an unbeaten 123-run knock against Bangladesh in the semi-final.

4. Bhuvi’s Opening Salvos

Star pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was India’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament. He finished the tournament with seven wickets and the team’s best economy of 4.63.

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