The last edition of the Champions Trophy witnessed an epitome of drama. In spite of rains disturbing the games regularly, the series did not lose its interest among fans who were cheering for their respective home teams. In the end, the World Champions and the currently number one ranked team in the ODIs, team India stood tall as winners of the final edition of this tournament.
Post Champions Trophy, the World champions proved their worth yet again when they conquered the Celkon trophy at West Indies.
In spite of losing two matches back to back, team India made a great comeback and seized the trophy. Looking back at the series, the team looked in a fix without their captain cool Mahindra Singh Dhoni in a couple of matches. In the absence of captain cool Dhoni, ViratKohli made sure he was the news about nigeria headlines for his captain ship qualities.
With a winning-losing ratio of 1:1, Kohli impressed a few but was still criticized as an immature captain for his behavior and his skills of handling the team in pressure situations. However he made sure India reached the finals from where India’s best captain, Dhoni took over. Scoring 15 runs in the last over in a nail biting finisher, Dhoni once again proved why he is one of the best finishers of the game. Post which former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly hailed Dhoni as one of the best ODI players in the history of the game.
However, the biggest problem during this series was not the weather but the telecast time of the match in the subcontinent. The cricket fanatics faced time lag issues since the match was telecasted late night on-wards. Most of the fans found it difficult to stay awake till late night to watch the whole match.
In such situations, viewers who had set top boxes recorded their matches while others decided to go online and check out the matches from the sports channel portals.This innovation has changed the viewing experience because most sports news channels have now moved online to cater to the needs of their customers and to capture the web space. Popular newspapers have always made sure they don’t stay behind in the race. Newspapers are constantly made sure that their sports content reaches their audience before TV channels gets live.