India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised the mental resilience of his side after they beat England by just five runs in a thrilling Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston on Sunday.
England, still to win a global one-day international tournament after what was their fifth defeat in a final, were 110 for four come the 18th over chasing 130 after India made 129 for seven in a match reduced by rain from 50 to 20 overs per side.
But Ishant Sharma, having been struck for six and bowled successive wides, took two wickets in two balls to remove Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30) after they rescued England from the depths of 46 for four with a stand of 64.
That started a collapse that saw four wickets lost for three runs in eight balls with tailender James Tredwell unable to hit the six off the final delivery of the match that would have given England victory.
"It's important to be positive. I said let's look for a good start, that's something that's very critical, don't look at the result," explained Dhoni when asked what he told his team when they took the field in defence of a modest total.
"The first and foremost thing was don't look up, God is not coming to save you, you have to fight it out," added the wicketkeeper-batsman , one of just three survivors along with Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina from the India team that beat Sri Lanka in a Mumbai final to win the 2011 World Cup.
"We're the number one ranked team, let's play like that."
This win against the tournament hosts, albeit in front of a capacity Edgbaston crowd dominated by India fans, meant the World Cup holders, in what is set to be the last Champions Trophy before its replacement by a World Test Championship, won all five of their matches after a pair of warm-up victories.
"Even the warm-up games for us are important because if we lose one then people start saying we can't play overseas," said Kohli, who top-scored for India with a rapid 43.
"The guys winning seven games out of seven and showing their character like we did, everyone's really really happy."
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