England v India, Champions Trophy, final, Edgbaston

Cool India steal title in 20-20 sprint

The Report by Sidharth Monga

June 23, 2013

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India 129 for 7 (Kohli 43, Jadeja 33*, Bopara 3-20) beat England 124 for 8 (Morgan 33, Ashwin 2-15, Jadeja 2-24) by 5 runs
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Ishant Sharma is ecstatic after dismissing Ravi Bopara, England v India, Champions Trophy final, Edgbaston, June 23, 2013
Ishant Sharma's over, the 18th, turned the game on its head © Getty Images
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Pinch yourself again and again. This match was completely out of the realms of reality. After the ICC - who hadn't considered it fit to have a reserve day for the final - added 75 minutes to the rainy day to accommodate 20 overs in the final, both sides panicked in the compressed environment; Ravi Bopara was the bowling demon for England; India defended 129 with slip, gully and silly point for spinners; Ishant Sharma, the most expensive bowler, was the first to bowl out and took two crucial wickets in his last over; and MS Dhoni led superbly to become the first captain in the world to have won all ICC trophies.

The only aspects of this game remotely real were the effectiveness of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, and the early fluency of Shikhar Dhawan and Jonathan Trott. Around them, everything went topsy-turvy. The pitch turned square, despite all his efficiency Jadeja didn't attempt a crucial run-out, the third umpire seemed to make a big dubious call with Ian Bell's stumping, but then again there was Dhoni making a superlative call under pressure.

You can spend hours debating it, and wonder how it worked. On this turner, Ishant had been the easiest bowler to hit. His three overs had gone for 27, and you asked yourself why he got even the fourth. That third had brought the target down to 48 off 30 thanks to a six smoked clean by Bopara. However, with three overs left and 28 to get - Umesh Yadav had two to go, Ashwin, Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar one each - Dhoni went to Ishant.

Even if Yadav had been injured, Bhuvneshwar - three overs for 19 - had one left. The only possible explanation for that choice could be that England would want to kill off the chase in ishant's over and thus take an undue risk.

Dhoni's hunch, though, seemed to be going bust after a pulled six and two wides from either side of the stumps: 20 off 16 now. Who knows how these things in big limited-overs matches work with Dhoni, but Ishant bowled a slower ball and Eoin Morgan mis-hit to midwicket. It was a front-of-the-hand slower ball, pretty much common fare in limited-overs cricket today, but Morgan didn't pick it.

The next ball seemed even more innocuous on the face of it. Short ball, no sting, head high, pulled down clean, but straight to the fielder at square leg. Roll that dismissal back, though. And it is difficult to figure out the logic here, but there was no midwicket for that ball. That man inside the circle was at square leg, next to the umpire. Ishant Sharma was Dhoni's new Joginder.

The bizarre events weren't quite over. In the 19th over, Jadeja, almost unplayable and wise so far, had a chance to run the diving Stuart Broad out but he chose not to try. Jadeja could be forgiven a moment after having bowled well all through the tournament, after having scored the pivotal 33 after India had been 66 for 5, and after having begun India's turnaround with the ball. That was India's last mistake too.

In the 20th, bowled by Ashwin, when Stuart Broad hit a leg-side four, Dhoni brought everybody on the off side asking the batsman to clear it if he thought he was good enough. Broad wasn't on this occasion. Surprisingly Broad didn't try to dominate the strike, leaving Tredwell to get 10 off the last three balls. The only way England could have won was for Broad to hit two fours or a six, but two couples later the six off the last ball was a bridge too far for the lesser batsman on a turning pitch. The last ball was cue for an expressive celebration - by his standards - for Dhoni who has been through a tough time over the last two years.

India had won a thrilling final of what has been a good tournament, but all was not right. This was hardly the ideal match. The ICC had only tried to cover its backside by stretching the match to 8.30pm. This match should never have been played today after the amount of rain Edgbaston had taken, but there was no tomorrow. So we had a match that put both the sides out of their comfort zones. The Indian batsmen had no rhythm going in and out, and England were playing essentially a T20 with three men who don't make the T20 side. Remember when the XIs were named at the toss, this was a 50-over game.

In the first exchange, though, India seemed to struggle more. On the wrong side of the toss, with two rain breaks in the first half of their innings, they couldn't really have planned their innings, and soon found themselves struggling when it came to the run-rate. That brought panic, and Bopara was the beneficiary with the wickets of Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Dhoni - for his first duck in ODIs since October 2010. In the last seven overs, though, Virat Kohli and Jadeja brought India back with a punchy partnership of 47 off 33. Kohli couldn't see India to the end, but Jadeja did, his knock including an inside-out six off James Anderson.

For some reason, the England batsmen panicked in the chase too. Trott was fluent, but spin brought the turnaround. Jadeja began with a tight fifth over, and Ashwin got Trott stumped in the next with a dipping offbreak outside leg. Kohli, at backward short leg, had begun to move even before Trott had had an opportunity to strike the ball, but the umpire either didn't notice it or didn't consider the movement significant enough to call it a dead ball. Had Trott connected and had Kohli caught it, scenes would have been less savoury.

In the next over came another less-than-ideal play. Bell was given out stumped when the third umpire couldn't have been sure that the foot was in the air when the wicket was put down. England were so displeased Eoin Morgan even made a sign for the review.

Morgan managed to put it behind him and, with Bopara, nearly pulled off a special win with calculated hitting and smart running between the wickets. But that was before England imploded, losing four wickets for three runs. You can watch replays of that Ishant over that took out both Morgan and Bopara many times over, but will struggle to explain it logically. Sometimes you just can't from the outside. Sometimes you have to pinch yourself.

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Posted by Cricfan_99 on (June 24, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

@Baseball--Sucks - "Winning doesn't matter - consistency does" ... wow sour grapes really.. being the bridesmaid in every edition of ICC tourney in the last 2 decades is not such a huge accomplishment i'm afraid.. mate you sound exactly like jayawardene - is that really MJ in disguise of baseball-sucks?.. well just a one liner for you mate - the world remembers CHAMPIONS - not runner's up or SF lists.. if you're looking for participation - please follow charity matches cos International matches are all about winning(in fair spirit) not just participation or being competitive... Long live team India.. You made us prouder than ever.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

@Harmony111 - Listen it's pointless. I've noticed that when anyone says anything you can't argue with you say to them that they are taking what is said out of context or twisting things without even saying how they are twisting things/taking them out of context. Half my responses don't get published anyway even if there is no way they can be deemed as offensive - esp when compared to original posts. Re this thread , yes CM has made sense and I have said the same re ICC/ECB's organisation and scheduling of cricket in general , but most of his posts are what I said they are , but then I've never seen you recognise when one of your fellow fans is doing what FFL (which I've poured scorn on in this thread) continually does re Eng. And if 5Wombats and Si Baker were as you make them out to be they'd be on here purely to discredit India.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

@samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 18:56 GMT) FFL's comms are a joke and if you read down you can see that I have poured scorn on his and a few other Eng fans ungracious comms. And I've never said Eng are a great team.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

@ Shan156 on (June 24, 2013, 19:34 GMT) Thanks for the comms there. And yes the use of the word popular in is at best unfortunate , but in reality comedy genius

Posted by Shan156 on (June 24, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

@Harmony111, I am not going to deny that there are some anti-India posts here and some excuses from Eng. fans for this defeat. But, I am sure you will admit that there are an equal #, if not more, of anti-England posts as well. Like you said, England did bowl well and were probably the only team to give India a tough fight. Yet we are considered useless in ODIs. I don't have any problems with Indian fans enjoying their fully deserved victory but why bash England? I don't think Dhoni thinks that England are a poor ODI side even though he has enjoyed a lot more victories against us than he has tasted defeats. These fans are actually demeaning India's victory by labelling Eng. a poor side. After all, India just beat a poor side who defeated SA, Aus. and NZ (these sides mut be poor too, then). How does it make them great? Fact is, India are the best ODI side but Eng. are a good side too.

Posted by PracticalGuy2013 on (June 24, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

Can't believe that still there are many English & neutral supporters who are saying that India was lucky to win. When Dhoni gave the ball to Ishant in that over he thought that the 2 set batsman could probably go after him & give the chance to break the partnership. Not saying that it was impossible to hit the spinners - Bopara had sweeped jadeja for a six in one of the overs - but it was definitely slightly easier to play pacers than spinners. Anyways somebody had to bowl 1 of the 4 rem overs. Raina is a gamble, Bhuvi is inexperienced & Yadav can be a bit erratic & his pace could hav been used for hitting boundaries by the 2 set batsmen. So Ishant being experienced was the obvious choice. Also Ishant's history of bowling is very dodgy. So it was a bait for the 2 set batsmen, a calculated risk which paid off.

Posted by PracticalGuy2013 on (June 24, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Hearty Congratulations to my Team India!!! :)

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 24, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

@sandy7823: Look, explaining each wicket is not equivalent to saying the batsman threw it away. The game is of such a nature that great bowling can be nullified by great batting and poor bowling can get wickets due to reckless batting or sheer luck (and all the other combinations of these). If Indian batsmen were going for their shots what prevented them from getting runs? I am not saying Eng were brilliant with the bowl but they gave away few loose bowl and very few 4/6 balls. I was hoping India would get at least one big over of 18-20 in the final 4 but it did not come, why? Cos Eng bowled good. India batted poorly on moments for eg Raina/Karthik, were unlucky on moments such as Dhoni and on some moments Eng bowled a bit too well for eg the final overs and in between.

I had said Ishant was our weak link and with him anything was possible, mostly bad. He did bowl poorly, went for 2 6s & also got two lucky wickets. Morgan nearly did it. Butler failed but so did MSD, so is he weak?

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 24, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

@JG2704: It seems something has been brewing between you and Cpt.Meanster for a while. Earlier you were asking me to explain his opinion (btw, those comments of mine finally got published, pls have a look there). On this article, I did not see Cpt.Meanster making any comments against English team on this article, can you pls point out the one that you referred to? Or were you saying that saying anything against ECB is the same as saying it against English team? By that logic 90% of non-Ind fans here are anti-India. What about them huh?

The only place where Cpt said something like what you imply was when he said England should not have hosted CT at this time of the year. He also said that there must have been a reserve day for the finals at least. Pls show me what exactly is wrong in these comments. Eng, who do not value T20s, gave more imp to a T20I than to a ICC ODI Tournament Final?

Lastly, you, me or Cpt are no saints. But compared to FFL, Wombats & Baker, we might be !!!

Posted by Shan156 on (June 24, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, "Just cause I am one of the most notable and popular posters here, you are picking on me" :-) Sorry, but that was really funny.

"But I do say positive things about England from time to time."

Your post usually reeks of antipathy towards English cricket. So, what you think of our team matters little to any of us England fans. JG, being a very sane poster, probably though that good reasoning would work with you. Sadly, it hasn't. At the end of the day, England are a good ODI team as proven by their very good home record (one defeat in last bilateral series against all teams), their good away record (wins in WI, SL, SA, NZ, and UAE) and the fact that they were the runners-up in the 2013 ICCCT. If Eng. are so poor in T20I, what does that make India who were only able to tie the T20 series with us in India and lost the one-off T20 in England. If we are so poor in ODIs, why did you lose 0-3 to us in our last bilateral series in England?

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

@JG2704 - English posters like Front foot lunge still think that England was the best team, Cook was the best captain, Anderson is god like and also have the best batsmen. I have not heard as to why then Sri Lanka was able to chase down 293 comfortably and won the game with a whopping 7 wickets. Anderson did not have enough cloud cover to show how skillful he was!? One test win in 28 years on Indian soil does not make one a great team. India held the #1 test ranking for close to 2 years and England barely six months. SA is the best test team by miles and England is just second best.

Posted by calcu on (June 24, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

I don't think that a 20-20 match should decide the faith of a final of odi tournament. On the other hand it is much better than a shared trophy and india deserved to win it more than England. I am glad that baseball sucks has finally admitted that ind is a good side. I have been following him for a long time and dis is the first time he has praised india!!!!

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 24, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

@sandy7823: Look, explaining each wicket is not equivalent to saying the batsman threw it away. The game is of such a nature that great bowling can be nullified by great batting and poor bowling can get wickets due to reckless batting or sheer luck (and all the other combinations of these). If Indian batsmen were going for their shots what prevented them from getting runs? I am not saying Eng were brilliant with the bowl but they gave away few loose bowl and very few 4/6 balls. I was hoping India would get at least one big over of 18-20 in the final 4 but it did not come, why? Cos Eng bowled good. India batted poorly on moments for eg Raina/Karthik, were unlucky on moments such as Dhoni and on some moments Eng bowled a bit too well for eg the final overs and in between.

I had said Ishant was our weak link and with him anything was possible, mostly bad. He did bowl poorly, went for 2 6s & also got two lucky wickets. Morgan nearly did it. Butler failed but so did MSD, so is he weak?

Posted by calcu on (June 24, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

India are the champions!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by dazzling_heroes on (June 24, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

where are the tweets? eagerly waiting..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 24, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

@JG2704: Praising the team I support is not chest beating by any means. If that is the case, then pretty much EVERY cricket supporter does the same when his/her team wins. Just look down this thread and there are many English and neutral supporters who have not given India any credit for such an emphatic victory. What can you say about them ? Just cause I am one of the most notable and popular posters here, you are picking on me. Also, there are excuses provided by many of your English supporters on Ian Bell's decision, which I thought was a wrong one, but one that wouldn't have made any difference given the way how Bell was playing. So you see, it cuts both ways. As far as giving England credit, the only time I could possibly do that is IF I watch test cricket. Cause, that's the only format England are good in and sadly, I don't watch test cricket. That leaves, T20s and ODIs, both formats in which England are so-so. But I do say positive things about England from time to time.

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (June 24, 2013, 17:13 GMT)


1) 1985 B&H World Championship of Cricket (Australia). India defeated Pakistan in final. 2) 1983 World Cup (in England) .India defeated majestic WI in final. 3) 2011 World cup with India defeating SL in final. 4) Champions trophy 2002 and 2013 defeated England in final. 5) India also has won Asia cup most number of times ( 5 times). Besides India has won tri-nation tournaments held in sharjah 5 times as well as the CB series in Australia in 2008 along with Natwest Trophy in 2002 in England. Heck forget seniors..even the Ind-U-19 team has won World cup thrice in 2000,2008,2012. And last not the least India was the first country to with the T20 World cup in 2007 when it defeated Pakistan to lift the inaugural cup and this on bouncy SAfrica tracks. Thats what India has won...So now if you could list a list of trophies your team has won in the same period....it would be eye opener for you and then perhaps you may google BURNOL as soothing ointment for your wounds.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 24, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

@Venkat_Gowrishankar, I thought MSD's captaincy was brilliant. He atoned for a rare failure with the bat with his captaincy skills. When he handed the ball to Ishant for his last over, I thought it was not a great decision. Even some commentators thought so but MSD knew that the batsmen would take risks against Ishant considering that the next 2 overs would be bowled by Jadeja and Ashwin. And, their risks would yield wickets. If he had got one of Morgan/Bopara, then he would have thought the match was India's to lose but, lo and behold, he got both. He knew it was a risk as Ishant may have leaked runs and the match could have been as good as over in the same over but it was a calculated risk and it paid off. Well done MSD.

Despite their success, I think India would be well served with a better bowler than Ishant. If they could find a bowler in the class of Zaheer in place of Ishant, then I don't see how any team could displace them as the #1 team in the world in the near future.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (June 24, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

@Shan156: Sensible points mate. The Bell decision would not have impacted England. They were well on course to victory, the middle order and lower panicked. As you said, it was England's trophy for the taking, but this is where I guess MSD has an edge, that in all those nailbiting finishes he has been invovled in, he does know how to handle pressure at the highest form.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

@Joe Thompson Were you watching the same match as everyone else? Your seamers bowled first on a damp pitch and you did crumble to spin. When did you see James Tredwell terrorizing the Indian batsmen? You really think he is in the same class as Swann? In any format of the game how often do you see a side lose with 5 wickets in hand and 20 to score of 16 balls? Yes England played really well when they were in India and were technically superior and mentally tough to defy the odds and thoroughly deserved the victory in test series. The same goes out to this tournament, India were the deserved winners 50 overs or 20 overs, does not matter.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 24, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

@Joe Thompson, not fair mate. India were the best team throughout the competition. Don't forget that we lost a league match to SL while India did not drop a single game. I think we are a better test side than India too and equal in T20I but India are a way better ODI side and fully deserve their #1 ranking and were deserving winners of the ICCCT. I also think our bowling is slightly better than theirs but their batting is way superior to ours. Let's give credit where it is due. India fought hard, were well led and were deserving winners. No excuses would change this fact.

Re:Bell's dismissal, from what we see, there is no conclusive evidence and hence benefit of doubt should have gone to the batsmen. But, perhaps the 3rd umpire had more info available to make the decision? Regardless, it doesn't matter. We had our fair share of good/bad decisions in the past and so did other teams. Through the course of a tournament/series, these decisions tend to even themselves out.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (June 24, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

@Joe Thompson; You dont seem to be getting the point. 2o runs 16 balls 6 wickets is achievable irrespecitve of a 10over game, 20 over game or even an 8 over game. My point is simple, England panicked and lost the chase, thats it. The target was achievable and was way less than par. England absolutely messed it up, courtesy of some fantastic spin bowling. Yes, regarding rank turners, you are right that they did outplay in the test series, but in the contxt of yesterday's match, Yes the context is important, pressure + spin did England in. Thats a fact and you cannot rule it out. Also, during the test series, England had someone called 'Pietersen' who really turned the tide in the 2nd match.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

It does not matter whether it's a 20 or 50 over, England would have choked like they did yesterday. They have never won a 50 over tournament in their history and never will. You can have all the Saffers and Irish in your team that you want, but the fact is England does not have the mental strength and talent to cross the final hurdle.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (June 24, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Its so saddening to see that people have forgotten to appreciate teams when they do well. Cricket lovers have become so biased nowadays. Guys India deserved to win more than anyone else. Stop considering this win as fluke or luck. Dhoni has achieved what no other captain has achieved in the history of cricket. Is that luck? Have you guys seen the way he captained? Who would keep a test match field for a couple of balls in T20 like game? Who would keep a leg slip and a leg gully? Only Dhoni can. David Lloyd said that in his 50 years he hasn't seen such captaincy. It was Dhoni's captaincy that won India the game more than batting, fielding or bowling. So give credit where its due. I agree a few umpiring decisions went India's way but that doesn't mean india solely won because of that. England might have choked but it was because of the pressure created by spin and Dhoni's captaincy. Cricinfo please publish

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Some of you Indian fans are saying that if it were a 50 over game, 20+ overs of spin would be enough to crumble England really? didn't England own India in India during the test series on a rank turner? fact is if that 50 over match had happen, England seamers in the early part of the morning would've got that ball moving all over the place to shatter Indian top and middle order and our spinner Tredwell finishing it off. We lost not because India were the better team but England were practising for the Ashes. But yeah congratulations, since its these 20 and 50 over games India are at least competitive at :P

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (June 24, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

What a farce! ODI match changed to a T20I; can't the ICC get anything right? Anyone would have thought that a spare day would have been allowed for. Feel sorry for ICC management for their stupidity!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

1992 World cup final. England are cruising against the modest target set by Pakistan. Two magic deliveries by Wasim Akram to Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis turns the match in favor of Pakistan.

2013 Champions Trophy final. England are cruising against the modest target set by India. Two pathetic deliveries by Ishant Sharma to Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara turns the match in favor of India.

Point to Note - It is not about the quality of bowlers or the quality of deliveries. Just that England are always England, when it comes to the finals of Global one-day finals.

Posted by Ramudubtdb on (June 24, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Why is everyone using the word 'lucky'? Ishanth's two wickets - a good slow delivery and a bouncer bounced more than the batmen expected are the reasons why Ishanth was bowling that over.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (June 24, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

@Joe Thompson: Even, I think of the same, imagine if it was 50 overs and England had to play 20 overs of Ashwin and Jadeja on a square turner.

This was a fantastic match, make no doubts. Both teams really fought hard, credit to England as they bowled tight and set themselves up for the game. It has nothing to do with 50 overs, it had to do with the nerves. Bresnan's run out was a clear indication of panic.

Posted by Divinetouch on (June 24, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Congrats to the sons of BharatMa. BHAAVAN RAM's Divine grace to MSD and all the players.

India was the best team in the tournament:

Man of the series. Player of the final. Highest run scorer. Highest wicket taker. Only unbeaten team Best Captain Best fielding team in the tournament.

Finally, England could've should've would've won but they did not.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

yes. its really cool india

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

My marks for indain Team out of 10

Dhawan-9.5 Rohit-8 Kohli-8 Karthik-7.5 Raina-7(For is Fielding) Dhoni-8 Ashwin-8 Sir-9 Ishant- 6 Bhuv Kumar-7 Yadav-6.5

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

I went to watch the live game and it was very frustrating because the weather was so bad. Delay after delay and after reading so many negative and many pointless statements about luck and if's and but's I cannot figure out why people just cannot simply see that the deserving team won. You can break it down as much as you want and scrutinise until the cows come home but like Dhoni does, keep cool and calm and deal with the basics and you will be rewarded. One more thing, nobody can match the fun and atmosphere created when India play, regardless of whether India win, lose or draw. Well done India and you DESERVE this trophy more than any other team.

Posted by fguy on (June 24, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

A bunch of oranges would've done a better job of organisation than the ICC. if they had a bone of good sense they firstly wouldn't have held the tournament here or they would've requested all stake holders to play the next day. For all the criticism they cop the BCCI would've done a much better job & shown more common sense Compare this damp squib of a tournament with frustrating rain delays, wash outs, one sided games to the brilliant WC 2011 with close games, tied games, upsets.. If they have an iota of sense they'll move the 2019 WC out of Eng No wonder Eng love test cricket. They need the whole 5 days to see a result. I know the ICC don't care about the fans but I'm surprised that they don't care about the sponsors & tv right holders either. They definitely haven't got their moneys worth. I hope they demand a refund from the ICC. And they want to attract new fans to the game. First try keeping the ones you've got...cricinfo..pls publish

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

MS Dhoni did a fantastic job of the captaincy as did the team, the game should never been allowed as the toss was spun whist it was still raining, most of us know it rains but the ICC Championships suffered in most games thanks to the Old dart's well known crook weather. From an Aussie who was soundly beaten in the last Australia?/ India tests. Well done India

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge - India were the best side in the tournament and on the day - absolutely fair and square. . Bell's decision was marginal as was Broad's no ball decision the other day when England got the benefit of the doubt. On both occasions the likelihood is that the result would have gone the same way. Bell (as with all our batsmen) apart from Trott and Bopara/Morgan (after a while) looked scratchy.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

@jackiethepen on (June 23, 2013, 23:45 GMT) As I've said in this game (when things have gone for Eng) - Broad's no ball vs NZ , Gayle's LBW vs Eng last yesterday we get multiple complaints. To be fair , the only batsman who looked comfortable from the off was Trott. Ravi and Morgan looked good after several overs of scratching around and then gave their wickets away and Jos was like a headless chicken.

@samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 3:02 GMT) Silly comms. NZ still had loads to do had the NB been given. It's like me saying Bell was finding his feet and would have seen the job home

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

@sandy7823 on (June 24, 2013, 10:57 GMT) You're actually having a dig at a passionate fellow Indian fan there. I genuinely look forward to the response Out of interest how does this affect the Ashes? And if the 50 over format affects form in the test form then Aus didn't do so well there either.

@Indian_Snake on (June 24, 2013, 10:21 GMT) Bopara in shorter formats isn't the weakest link in Eng's bowling attack. He's not as easy to play in shorter formats as he looks and if you look at Eng's record in shorter format's , Ravi (although he rarely bowls his full allocation) is usually very tight

Posted by QingdaoXI on (June 24, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Congratulations Team India for winning Champions Trophy, this was really a dominating performance through out the CT. Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma can be very good openers for India if they are persisted for long time. Sir Jadeja well done boy, Still think we need some good fast bowlers with control. Yuvraj needs to get fit and improve his game as early as possible for middle order position and Rahane should fix his problem against tall fast bowler so he can be reserved opener as well as top order batsmen. Selectors should look after Varun Aaron, Shami Ahmed and Sid Kaul and give them enough exp before the world cup 2015.

Posted by pratit on (June 24, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Good win for India. Having said that, the match could have been easier for India with more astute captaincy. Ishant was clearly given 2 overs too many, when Yadav had 2 left. Maybe he was preferred due to his experience, but then Ishant hardly bowls the way a bowler with so many years of international exp. ought to.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 24, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

There is a proverb in Hindi which means "100 strikes of the goldsmith & mere one strike of the blacksmith". England won 3-0 vs India in the last ODI series in 2011 and today India nullified it all with the win in the CT13 Final.

When India had won the WC2011, it was said by some people that India can win in India only. Lol, now India have won in England too, incidentally defeating the home team. Just like India were chasing in the WC 2011 Final, England were chasing too. It all has amazing symmetry, even the winner is the same in both the cases.

Dhoni hit a six of the last ball of the tournament to win WC2011. Dhoni defended a six of the last ball of the tournament to win CT2013. Wow.

Posted by applethief on (June 24, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

@manu131 Point still stands: Raina was a passenger and once more failed trying to hold a bat in England. And what's with all the complaints about it being a 20 over game, and this somehow being unfair? The point is that BOTH teams were playing the same game, with the same rules. If anything, India were at a disadvantage because their innings had stoppages and this cost momentum. Yes, fewer overs means more volatility (like 5 over T20 games) but it doesn't change the fact that both teams had to abide by them. Not really an argument to mitigate England's clear loss

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 24, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

@anupam Pathak - exactly. Same thoughts as you on why Dhoni used Ishant. His high bounce got the wickets cause the batsman thought here are some easy runs. Execpt that Dhoni had cleverly positioned his field where he thought they would have a go. The second catch by Ashwin was wonderful.

Posted by Abitha on (June 24, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Great Win. In all the great films the people"BEHIND THE SCENES" plays an important role. Here in Birmingham the Ground Staff did their job magnificently. Hats off to the people BEHIND THE SCENES. Kashinath

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 24, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Dhoni has proved once again why he is regarded as one of the World's Best Captains in cricket history. He is very methodical and calculative. Many people may think he is lucky but the truth is he analyses the situation and accordingly takes the risk. This is one of the main reasons why he is also one of the World's best finishers in ODIs. I have and always will continue to be a Dhoni fan forever.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

OK here is an explanation of Ishant's over from my mind(specially for those who STILL thinks dhoni is just a lucky captain): Jadeja had 1 over and so did Ashwin. Now when Dhoni gave the ball to Ishant (28 needed from 18), he could have thought: 1. If the English batsmen play safe, they will be home. I must lure them to make mistakes. 2. English batsman would think that the next 2 overs(would be powerplay) are of Jadeja and Ashwin, so they may decide to take the necessary risk right now. 3. They would think of Ishant as an average bowler so would freely look to hit over the top, creating opportunities. 4. Ishant is tall and would be the best choice to generate bouncers, again to create opportunities. 5. If I(Dhoni) hand the bowl to Bhuvi or Yadav, they will play on the safer side. 6. If i bowl jadeja or Ashwin now, they will play the fast bowlers well in the powerplay since these bowlers have not done a great job today. In the end, England were in a hurry to nail the game and panicked

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 24, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Fantastic win for India. They truly deserved the win more than England inspite of the controversial dismissal of Bell. Considering the fact that they were put in to bat 1st after the rain and not to mention the fact that they couldn't get any momentum to their innings because of the frequent rain interruptions, it's an excellent fightback.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 24, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

A few people here are saying that it was not fair that a 50 over ICC tournament's Final was reduced to 20 overs as it meant that an ODI was played in T20 fashion. Firstly, it was not a T20 game per se, the 2 over batting powerplay was a floating one. Secondly, it wasn't India or Eng's fault that it kept raining all day. The groundstaff & ICC tried to salvage what they could, in fact its a amazing that even 20 overs were possible as the allocated time was all eaten up by the rains. Thirdly, if this final wasn't played in a fair manner cos it was a 20 over match, what can be said for the Eng-NZ match which was a 25 over match? Was that fair? Is it fair to decide a 50 over match in 25 overs? Just cos England lost and India won this final becomes unfair and a joke but nothing was said for that Eng-NZ match.

Eng should have won but they didn't. Choke or not, they lost at crucial moments, Bresnan's run out & Bopara not running well after hitting Ishant.

Posted by warneshane on (June 24, 2013, 10:57 GMT)


The final was certainly not like you predicted. Harsh to read your comment that Eng bowled well and did not let India gain any momentum. Rohit was bowled caz he wanted to drive from front foot early in the inning, Shikhar for slapping over extra cover, Kohli for lofting your Jimmy in the end, Kartik for slog sweep, Dhoni for smashing over 3rd man and so on. IND batsman out for their slogging shots in the wet juicy condition to set target that nobody could say what's enough. Your dream of IND 25/3 by Jimmy & co. failed miserably.

You told top 3 ENG batsmen would get 190/5 & with Morgan & Butler thrashed IND to 290/8. I asked you that can Butler-Morgan survive against RJ-Ashwin. I also asked you that can ENG match IND mental toughness. You were banking on single inning of Butler.

All of these on record of this website. Funny to read ENG do less mistakes than others. I say again be practical & sporting. Bad start for Ashes for ENG. AUS will take home that too buddy.

Posted by suriaero on (June 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

England couldn't hold on to their nerve when it mattered the most. England panicked when it mattered the most. Why they went after Ishant fearing Jadeja and Ashwin, who will bowl in the power-play? They miscalculated the stuff and wanted to finish it off in a hurry. Once the set batsmen got dismissed it'll be difficult for the new batsmen to score freely in this wicket. India too lost quick wkts in the middle and jadeja took time to get in and made all the difference with that extra 20 runs. Don't make an impression as if England gifted the match to India. The persistence of India made England to panic and crumble under pressure. One's gain is other loss. They are no different than SA for instance. Knock out - SA fumble while Finals - England fumble. That's the only difference between the 2. Only guy who could have saved England yesterday was KP. This England side is very talented hope they ll learn fast and will not repeat the mistakes in future. All the best.

Posted by ThIrU88 on (June 24, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

The turning points: 1). Dhoni's sparkling stumping of Trott in Ashwin's over as he played freely, 2). Virat kholi's sensational innings under the moist outfield, 3). Jaddu's all round performance and two sparkling sixes, 4). Dhawan's opening knock, 5). Of course, Ishant's brilliant over.. AND ULTIMATELY THE CAPTAIN COOL HIMSELF...

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

About it being a T20 match ,India have not a lost a match in this tournament and the matches that were 50 overs ,India thrashed their opponents . Its not only the win of the team that makes me proud ,its the passion they played with and the commitment they showed .The best thing is that ,this is a young team and will only get better ,so 2015 wc in well in our sight but we have to work hard . Dhonis captaincy has changed for the better ,maybe this being totally his team is helping ,he is the biggest reason for the success. Hope to see this change in test cricket .

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Quite pleased to see the passage above posted by espncricinfo.com and feeling unlucky that missed up such a exciting head to head final of the champions trophy. But I should add one thing that we must say bravo to Dhoni & His responsible Gang!!! And must be congratulated MS Dhoni for his greatest achievement as a captain who won all category trophies of ICCR. Best of luck Boys... :)

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

@Nick Sah - this could have beaten all on twitter page. Very good:- Rain'-a didn't prove good for India and they had to 'Trott' for their runs. With just 130 for a 'Shikhar', England's chances were very 'Broad' and they just had to 'Tredwell'. But with the crowd 'Root'ing for India they couldn't ring their 'Bell' and 'Cook'-ed themselves up. Ash-Win for us.

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (June 24, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

@Joe Thompson: hahaha! sour grapes!!... actually had it been a 50 over game England would have been beaten by 150+ runs, going by their abysmal performance in the format... they were lucky to be in the finals at all! Now wait till this fresh Indian side walks all over England - again - in ALL formats.

Posted by gauravm5 on (June 24, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

@Art Thomas:: But it was India who created the pressure & panic on England batsmen.

Posted by Hate.ME on (June 24, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake

I think it would be unfair to say that Ind batsmen didn't stand up to task. I won't say either that they were Brilliant. If you watch closely, Ind batsmen lost their wickets when going for big shots. Ind batsmen were able to negate Broad, Bresnan and Anderson most of the times. From Eng side, it was Bopara who did the most damage with his "124kmph" deliveries. Clearly he was the weakest link in Eng bowling line-up and Ind batsmen decided to go after him, the plan back fired and in this process they lost wickets. Just like Morgan and Bopara decided to score as many runs as possible off Ishant Sharma's last over. A 50 over match would have been appropriate. Thnx to Ind bowlers especially spinners for keeping us in the game and winning form difficult situation. Ishant Sharma is still a WASTE. Ind needs to find one reliable pacer soon. May be Siddharth Kaul/ Ishawr Pandey can be tried out on Zim tour.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

CONTRATULATIONS to all Indians !!!!

Posted by shinewindies on (June 24, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

To all those India bashers, its official now:

No. 1 ranked team in the world- INDIA

Reigning world champions- INDIA

Reigning Champions trophy holders - INDIA

Reigning U-19 champions- INDIA

This victory has also tasted more sweet as India had lost the toss and still managed to win the game and it was our bowlers who contributed more than the batsmen towards this win. I would also like to congratulate the ENGLAND team, they played excellent cricket in this tournament, they are no doubt the most improved ODI team in last 3 years, if any team could have challenged INDIA in such hot form it was ENGLAND and they indeed did so.

Posted by Night_Fury on (June 24, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

I am reading to comments by other country fans and am disappointed. Some one saying Bell decision was wrong, but also consider the fact the England had to make 20 odd runs in 15 balls. Some say India is lucky cause Ishant got 2 wickets, but fortune favours brave. When Anderson was bowling in 1st spell he was removed after 2 overs. Cook lost initiative there. They misfield in 3rd over and gave 5 runs. Another initiative lost. No second slip otherwise Anderson had a wicket in 2nd over and to consider we had leg slip also when Bell was batting. You got to accept that India was best team. No team can win 7 matches without talent and class. We nailed everyone in the so called alien conditions. England dig their own grave. When jadeja was hitting sixes, Bresnan and butler we getting themselves out. Having said all that I still believe that we need yuvi in middle order and karthik needs to go. I haven't seen any dollies dropped by us this time and I still remember Mathews dropping dhawan.

Posted by cool_sande on (June 24, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

Every Team make their own luck.

If some one in England team could have stopped the overthrow by Bresnan, it would've been 2 runs from 1 ball which was very easy. That's why dhoni insists on good fielding side. If the match had been a 50 over contest,20 overs of quality spin would have bowled England out.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

India were lucky to win this final because the match was reduced to 20 overs. Had our team got to play the 50 over game which was supposed to be played in anyway, very likely England would've thrashed India. But this tournament doesn't mean much if I'm honest and we have bigger things to look forward like the coming Ashes. So enjoy your win because everyone knows Test Cricket is the real deal and what determines the best teams. Not 50 overs were there are fielding restrictions :P

Posted by aplomb on (June 24, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

People who still believes Ishant decision was lucky, I would say there is one simple philosophy....risk and return are proportional. The higher risk you take, the higher return you achieve. Dhoni decision for Ishant reflects higher risk approach. The main problem in this case is absolute higher risk decision has highest probability to fail and if somehow they succeed, it has been termed as Luck. Every people made his own luck and it depends on the decision they take. Dhoni style of captaincy is high risk high return and his decision in last three ICC trophy (Joginder sharma, own promotion in batting line up, Ishant over) explains that he is taking such decision. Just examine these three critical decisions and it would validate Dhoni captaincy. Termed this is as luck would be an insult to this outstanding limited over captain.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 24, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

This CT will be remembered for two 'mustaches' - Dhavan and one and only Jadeja.

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (June 24, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: Taking everything into account.. India WON!!. Period.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

Do not forget that Dhoni was out for a duck and had taken four balls without scoring.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 24, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

@Shan156: The final was exactly like I told you (except the rain part). Eng bowled well and did not let India gain any momentum (although frequent breaks did not help Indian batting much) and more importantly, Ishant turned up in his full colours for the match. When India were 65/5 I'd calculated that forget 160, India would do well to reach 130 and they barely did. When Eng batted, I was hoping that Ind will bowl well to make it 85 of 60 and I knew that even then Eng had a good chance with Morgan & Butler. When Morgan got out the commentator said that at least he crossed over and I was thinking that now Bopara wud go too and Abracadabra he did. Once those two happpend one felt Eng suddenly lost the plot. Butler's inexp vs spin got him & panic did Bresnan in.

A key yet invisible moment was when Bopara hit Ishant towards long on and did not run well as he'd thought it was a 4 (me thought it was a 6). Those 5 overthrows were costly too.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

India was just lucky.Better opponents in the Final would have been Sri Lanka, who has the Best batting line up, upto 9, to face a situation like this, again it is just luck of Dhoni, Sri Lanka's ace batsmen, Sanga, Mahela,Dilshan, (and watch out for explosive Kusal Perera) would have made 130 in a jiffy.anyway, congrats India.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Dhoni's captaincy waas inapt in asking Ishant Sharma to bowl the most expensive over when the spinners Yashwin and Jadeja had been doing very well and had overs to spare. INDIA DID NOT WIN THE MATCH, ENGLAND LOST IT THROUGH PRESSURE AND PANIC.

Posted by brusselslion on (June 24, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

A shame that we didn't get a 50 over match but, nevertheless, the right result. India were, by far, the best and most consistent team throughout the tournament.

Exciting times for Indian cricket. It will be interesting to see if they can translate their ODI dominance into the Test arena.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 24, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

There are some similarities in this CT13 ODI Final & the last WT20 Final. On both places, the home team reached the finals, faced teams that had killer batting yet restricted them to eminently gettable totals and looked all set to win the trophy yet could not do it. Both the losing teams viz Eng & SL have been losers by default in ICC Tournament Finals and both the teams have won just one ICC Title & both the teams defeated Australia in those sole title wins.

Posted by yugandhar1786 on (June 24, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

@Slp Srinivas you were questioning about technique of dhoni, rohit, raina, and karthik barring from dhoni no other played a test in those series you mentioned of India's loss. :P If you are asking about yesterdays match then did we ever not see some good batsmen going out for a duck!! if we are talking about quality bowling what do we mean by that?? Indian pool doesn't have quality bowling!! then in that case how come Trott so is the Cook (were also being good batsmen) were not able to pull out a considerably low scoring chase. :D Every one know yesterday toss was crucial, If India would had won the toss, they would have won by a good margin. So lets not talk about that does not happened. ;)

Posted by NP_NY on (June 24, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

@cric_master88: Same old lame comment about "luck". Grow up. You or I wouldn't have given the ball to Ishant, but Dhoni did. And he almost always gets it right. And that's why he is captain cool and he is captain successful.

Posted by deep6321 on (June 24, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

For the record , SL have defeated Australia only once in the history of test cricket and that was in 1999.

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 24, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

@solid snake - Dont agree with you. As soon as it was a 20 over game, India had to adjust to it. You then bat like for a 20 over game where you cant just waste balls. So if had been a 50 over game India would no doubt bat differently. So its no use making excuses like England would have won if it was a 50 over game. To say that Indian batting had not faced good fast pace bowling is nonsense - The WI and Pakistan bowlers were very fast. INDIA beat both of them.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 24, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: Still in denial, are we? It doesn't matter who failed and who succeeded. Cricket is a team sport. They played as a team won all 7 games they played and won the trophy by beating England in England. You can harp about individual failures here and there, but ultimately what matters are the results. And the results are there for everyone to see.

Posted by deathstar01 on (June 24, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

Why Ishant? I realy dont know! Those two wickets were just by luck; no credit to Ishant, who was bowling the widest deliveries of the tournament. It was one hell of a final. England could not handle the pressure as they always loses under pressure.

Posted by warneshane on (June 24, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

We all Indians are thankful to all Englishmen & Indian fans who were with TEAM IND in England and who witnessed such a wonderful moment. All Englishmen, We love your true spirit & critics as they were nothing personal but with the cricket related only. We appreciate your support as we were at thousands of miles away from our team and you never felt them that they are not in their own nation. In fact Team IND feel that they are in INDIA. We are frustrated here about RAIN posting criticism but in spite of constant rain interruption you were there without loosing patience & wait till last. So wonderful to see.....

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

great match and dhoni had proved again that professionals need no rest they mean business from which money is coming. great match great captaincy. jai hind

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 24, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

I still remember the day 5th April 2005 when I was goingr college and brushing my teeth .. I saw this guy with long hair.. Hitting the pakistani bowlers to all corners in VIZAG 148 Runs of 123 balls and my frnd said he Dhoni! Aww.. till then we were used to less than ordinary Wicketkeepers - Mongia, Dahiya, Ratra. As a kid I used to think that India wicketkeepers are there to just keep the wickets.. voww what a change has DHONI bought to Indian team.. he not only filled the a batsman spot but also captain spot as well.. REMEMBER at one stage Dravid was struggling to find place in Indian crick and he could find place only when he took the gloves, DHONI U ROCK MAN.Then I remember the first win under his captaincy CB Series down under.. Once dhoni leaves may be affter 5-6 years I cant imagine a wicket keeper anything less than DHONI... I wasn't sad even when Sachin left (no exaggeration) I will feel very bad when the day arrives for DHONI.May he give us wins in AUS, SA,ENG in TESTS.

Posted by Manu_reddy on (June 24, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

@irishwolfhound:i dont know y u r so enthusiastic to know abt rainas average,well i think u dint follow this tournament bcs had u followed it then u would not have asked such a silly qn...k well let me clarify u, he never got fair chance to build his innings which he usually does so well bcs of great display from openers n kohli so averages doesnt matter always but its contribution to d team succes which matters d most n havent u seen how many runs he saved through his fielding n how well his catching was..

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

@CRL Shamalka: So it was just luck that India won 6 in a row? sore loser much?

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

20 runs needed off 16 balls with six wickets remaining and with two set batsmen at the crease. 9 out of 10 times, such targets are chased down easily but we did saw in Birmingham yesterday how that remaining 1 (out of 10) can come to haunt you big time. Stop blaming poor South Africa alone for the chokers tag. They seems to have got company here in the form of England.

Posted by Ram-i on (June 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Few small points with Dhoni - 1. When he took the trophy, he immediately handed it to Shikhar Dhawan and moved to the side to let the boys enjoy - Lesson learned (always show that the success is achieved becoz of the team and not the captain alone) 2. Positive attitude - did sound dramatic when he said 'I told them dont look up, God is not coming down to save you, we are the No.1 ODI team so lets show them that - let them fight to score' 3. When people say Dhoni was lucky - Note - 'You make your luck'. Hats off to the Men in Blue.

Posted by cric_master88 on (June 24, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Don't know the reason of WHAT MADE DHONI GIVE THE 18th over to ISHANT WHEN UMESH AND BKUMAR STILL ALIVE?????India Won..dats fine.but remember that by only 5 runs.which is a pure luck...single chakka and we all are commenting diff..:)

Posted by deep6321 on (June 24, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

I think England just could not handle the pressure. Ishant Sharma's over was just a fluke. England could have played sensible cricket even after loosing 2 wickets in Ishant's over.They had Butler on crease and only 18 off 11. That was not much of an asking. I just could not believe the way Butler got out. A foolish shot on the very first ball u face in such a pressure situation. But credit must go to India , they held their nerve and the decision to keep jadeja and ashwin for the last 2 overs really worked for them . Though would have loved to see a complete 50 over match per side.And that must have given us a better understanding of the best team of the tournament.

After all, both teams played well and CRICKET won at last..........BTW i would Love Champions trophy to continue

Posted by supadupamonk on (June 24, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake: i dont agree with you...Ind lost wickets in a hurry because the match was reduced to 20 over game otherwise it would have been a different ball game and the batsmen would not have taken unnecessary risk.....the only weak link in indian batting is suresh Raina i suppose because he is still vulnerable to shot pitch bowling....and we still have lots of gud players like Manoj Tiwary,Rahane still wating for a chance and even more in the domestic level...so we dont worry abt it too much on the other hand you should really worry abt ur team's batting line seriously though....

Posted by elgenioroshan on (June 24, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Champions of Champions! Congrats TeamIndia ! The only thing Dhoni didnt have in his closet. People say about bowling and fielding that won India but we should not forget the captaincy of MSD! He even set a test match field for a couple of balls. Seriously the best Indian Captain ever and arguably the best Captain after Steve Waugh. MSD such a selfless character. He hardly spent anytime with the trophy and handed it over to his team to cherish the moment. He finally held the trophy in the end of the ooo la la for an official photograph. #Respect

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (June 24, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Surely India was the best team in the series but it was their luck that won them the finals. They were truly dominating until they came into the finals but they were clueless against England in the finals until luck decided to take their side in Ishanth's over. I've never seen before that the luck goes with the most inform team this much. Indians won't accept my point since they're too biased and emotional.

Posted by Cricket_Allrounder on (June 24, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

What if India had missed the flight to England?? What if England had missed the bus to the stadium?? What if morgan had forgot his bat in the hotel room?? :/:/ Stop this 'What if' bell decision chaos.. Who knows, India would have won much earlier than that..

Posted by Abitha on (June 24, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Congrats Team India and MSD for his brilliant Captaincy. It is true that India won, we often take the stars to the centre stage. But the REAL WINNERS are the GROUND STAFF. They worked overtime to make the match a reality. An Award is due for them. Thank you Ground Staff and the Curator. Kashinath

Posted by safiullah.asifi on (June 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Really an amazing win- the credit goes to the whole Indian team specially the MS Dhoni who worked very hard for come back in the match almost lost. Superb batting by Dhawan, Kohli and Jadeja. Love to see Indian team winning- and again so sorry for team Pakistan (heheheheh).

Posted by gsamiru on (June 24, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Time for a Comparison between Before and After CT13 .... 1. Before CT13, it was all about pace, bounce, swing and seam and at the end of CT13 it was all about slow, flat, square turni g wickets. 2. Before CT13, England was the Home team and at the end of CT13 India became the Home team. 3. Before CT13,CT 2013 was the last CT and at the end of CT13 there is a hope for continuation of the CT. 4. One thing remains same - in English conditions it's always - 'Rain stops play'

Posted by indicricket on (June 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

England was lucky to reach the final. They have one Anderson and a Root who is yet to sprout.

Posted by gsamiru on (June 24, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Congratulations team India, You played a lot better than other seven nations throughout the whole CT13 and you deserve the championship .... ! On the other hand I was really amazed with Dhoni's wonderful captaincy, Now he's got all the three ICC cups, WC, CT and T20WC for india under his captaincy. I believe this is the first time such a feet was achieved by any captain in the world....... :)There's a lot to learn for someone like Mathives from Dhoni ...... !

Posted by applethief on (June 24, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

@Satwant Singh What was Raina's average in this tournament again?

Posted by vsroc on (June 24, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (June 24,2013) India won the World Cup Cricket for the first time in 1983 in England against mighty West Indies.India lost the home test series against England during 1984-85.India bounced back in Australia in winning the prestigious World Champions Cup during 1985 wherein K.Srikanth and R.Shastri played together consistently well as openers.India again won the World Cup during 2011 but lost the home test series to England during 2012-13.However,young Indian side won the Champions Trophy in England against England during 2013 and here Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma displayed together their consistency well as openers.These may be coincidences but it is true that history repeats!

Posted by uksar on (June 24, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

CT2013 has made cricket-expert's job difficult to predict. When nobody (except some ardent Indian fans) was giving a thought on India's chances (against the backdrops of IPL controversies,last disastrous England tours,absence of 'legend' tag on players, poorest bowling attack etc.) India showed probably the best ever dominating overseas tour. They only spared New Zealand as there was no match against them.

Posted by shiv_mishra on (June 24, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Poor presentation from naseer, I was glued for one question: What was in Dhoni's mind when he gave ball to Ishant.

Dhoni being a reasonable man, there must be some thought process behind it. But the question was never asked. Regarding the match, if truth be asked, India batted poorly and all but handed the trophy to England but they choked.

Posted by czar2008 on (June 24, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

India beat Australia, Srilanka, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Srilanka and England. Dhoni must be commended for this. They deserved to win this. Yes England got nervous, but that was because of the pressure that the Indian bowling and fielding applied. Those slides inside the boundary ropes (rather than signalling it to let it go for 4s!) all added up. Well played by England, they will feel sad, but they lost to the best team in the world and only by a little. They should keep chin up. Those who say India got lucky, need to realise that they were lucky with the super team they have. Except Raina (in batting) everyone has delivered. In bowling all bowlers, Raina and even Dhoni has contributed! Well Done, India, Thoroughly deserving winners. With regards to Bell,if Bell had stayed - perphas he might have consumed more bowls and England would have lost by bigger margin. Those that did not see the replays that the third umpire , mark butcher and i saw - knew he was clearly out!

Posted by Tribal_Cricket on (June 24, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

The only trophy left for India to win now is the Ashes :P but they wont let us play in it. I rate the India Pak series much higher than the Ashes, no one out side Australia and England really cares much about the ashes or who wins it.

Coming to the game, Anderson was not as effective as English fans believed him to be, he bowled tight but looked far from threatening, it was the unexpected bowling performance from Ravi Bopara, which included a double wicket maiden, which really put England on top. So I don't really think the pace attack was as good as was claimed.

And speaking of getting lucky, let me remind some of our cric info fans what happened in 2002 CT final. Sri Lanka batted first against India after winning the toss and managed just over 200 runs when rain stopped the match. Then on the reserve day the match was restarted and SL again managed just above 200 runs when rain stopped the match and India had to share the trophy(rather unwillingly) with SL.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Just another thought. I've already mentioned that I thought they shout have put Treds and Swann in the same side , but also I think MSD showed Cook a thing or 2 re setting attacking fields etc and keeping the pressure on.

Posted by ktic on (June 24, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

India played better cricket and deserved to win!!! PERIOD!!!

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

@IndianCoolGuy on (June 24, 2013, 6:38 GMT) England gets it all the time too - we were lucky because of this and that ... , undeserving etc India fully deserved the win on the day and for the tournament. I posted similar when I thought there was to be no play that I'd rather have had India given the trophy than a shared one

Posted by Solid_Snake on (June 24, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

@Batmanindallas->Those Pak fans you are referring to,they were right.Just because India won the match doesn't mean that the Indian batsmen stood up to the task.They failed in those conditions.The thing was that that Indian top order would collapse in such conditions if they lose the Toss.Give credit to the Indian Bowlers for the win.Now i wont say anything about English batsmen or else it would start a flame war.English batsmen did throw away a match which could have been easily won.They are learning this technique from Pakistan... Giving all the credit to the Indian bowlers for restricting Eng

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (June 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT) I'm going to try and be constructive here. Yes I agree the tourn not having a reserve day in general was farcical but on these threads as a whole , it seems that every single post from you is either of the chest beating variety about how brilliant Indian cricket is or slating English cricket as a whole. If you occasionally recognised flaws in your own side and occasionally gave Eng credit when earned then maybe you would be seen in a different light by Optic and others.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

@bobmartin on (June 23, 2013, 20:50 GMT) Yes but both teams were in the same boat and it's not India's fault it was reduced. It was ICC and ECB who organised the tournament and India were the best team of the tournament up til the final anyway. Eng lost it because of their bad and India's good and I'm English

Posted by Raat-Prohori on (June 24, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Congratulations Dhoni & Company. India is unbeaten champion of last ICC Champions league. Congrats again.

Posted by bored_iam on (June 24, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

@All the Cricinfo Editors: Im a lil disappointed w/ Cricinfo's coverage to be honest. I just got the feeling that the IPL coverage was better. I was really looking forward to the Team scores outta ten that they do regularly as well as the team analysis.

A lil disappointed.

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 24, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

ISHANT SHARMA was used by Dhoni knowing that high bounce was going to give a catch when a team is going for the boundary. It paid off. All Dhoni had to do was make sure the fielder to catch was in a correct position. At the end of the day the whole team performed really well in the TC inculding Fletcher, Penney etc.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

First of all Congo to team india.. very well played.. ppl cribbing about decisions tat didnt go england way .. well its part n parcel of a game. However I was deeply disappointed by UN-SPORTSMANSHIP shown by Alistar Cook, he was tryin hard at the presentation cermony not to mention how good India bowled or congratulate India on a WIN, had it been any other captain Srilankan or West Indian or anyone for tat matter they wud have congratulated the indian team. Anyways . England DESERVE this loss with this kinda attitude Iam sure Captain Cook is gonna FALL soon .. Well played india ..Good JOB guys you were the best in this tournament.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

Absolutely brilliant! Dhoni must rank as one of the all-time great captains and his decisions are spot on. This was the difference between the teams in that the captaincy was crucial. Sorry for Bopara though, he did not deserve to be on the losing side.

Posted by PPL11 on (June 24, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Lots of frustrated SL guys on the board (Not All but most, some are with brave hearts to congratulate India).... Come on guys bring lots more excuses of India wining tournament on luck etc. etc, show us again how dumb you are !!

Well played India, Beating 6 opponents in tournaments (Including Practice match), Never seen so dominant Performance out of subcontinent (May be 2003 WC run was close to this but in 2003 we didn't crossed final hurdle).

Only regrets to yesterday's win was it was very late in India to celebrate this win, else all good.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

@Bobmartin: Just two facts fot you. England v/s NZ match was also a 24 over match (very close to 20-20) did you cry foul that time as well? An absolute no-ball, which even broad thought would be given, ignored by third umpire. Did you protest that time as well? There is something called accepting a good performance and acknowledging the deserved winners. Most of the English people have that. Hope you acquire that soon.

Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

For all SA fan weeping over toss & making lame excuses. India lost the toss & still won.........Dhawan scored when India was forced to bat first in tough conditions........................Wonder why conditions become easy when Ind bat. REASOn: Ind have solid good batsmen not fragile overrated batsmen like Proteas..HUH

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 24, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

England must be feeling totally gutted after failing last night. Chasing a paltry total they were in a strong position needing 20 off 16 with 6 wickets in hand. To lose from there is inconceivable. However, an imp thing we all must note is that while Eng got all their 20 overs in continuation, India's 20 over were really 3-4 mini sessions. Each time Indian batsmen had to start afresh and this showed in the way they were unable to focus and went for rash shots cos they felt they were not doing enough. Had India too faced unbroken 20 overs, they'd done much better, prob score around 160-170, No chance for Eng then.

Reg Bell stumping, can someone conclusively say it was not-out? The final frame showed Bell's foot was definitely in air, the only question was about the bails. It was as out as it not-out and the 3rd umpire took a call, just like he'd done for Broad's no-ball for Williamson.

Also rem overturning KP's & RD's caught behind in 2011 Tests & Bell's lbw in WC 2011.

Posted by DilumSL on (June 24, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Congratzz to India. Even if they lost this match they are the deserving champs. Stunning performance by the entire team.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 24, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

@Cricfan_99: LOL. You said what I wanted to say. It's called neighbour's envy. I am actually a bit sad for them, because they watched 7 India games hoping India will lose and India won all 7 of them. Must be very tough to swallow for them :).

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

come on guys, England were very lucky in the virtual quarterfinal against NZ. Broad was very lucky to get away with a no-ball that dismissed Williamson. They must stop fussing about the Bell's wicket.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

Brilliant. Captains Luck. Luck always favors brave and MSD has proved to be 1. he is the luckiest captain. whatever he touch turns into gold. we have many times seen that his decisions which seem crazy paying off. 2 wickets in 2 from most expensive bowler when most of indian fans / commentators were questioning the decision to give him the ball paid really well. ishant won it for them in that over. most remarkable thing is only 3 players were in worldcup2011 winning team and new faces done it. india was by far the best team in this tournament.

England: well we say SA are chokers but england beat them yesterday. at 20 off 15 balls with 2 set batsman, it was theirs to loose and they did it perfectly. they should have won it from there. but they tries to finish in that ishant's over. morgam, bopara, butler and bresnan played some crazy shots.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

What a superb match that was, It was one of the best final i have seen ever in my life. Dhoni and his boys played superbly. Congratulations to dhoni and team india. Dhaoni and his team has proved that why india is CHAMPION.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Are u kidding me????That sure was a gift from 3rd umpire considering Ian Bell decision.............Nyways officially u r the cup holder.....But u dint completely deserve to win the match...(I support India as an Asian n neighbour)

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (June 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Congratulations team India. To the point all people are discussing about Dhoni's captaincy. Some calling him as lucky even after he takes some horrible decisions( in their view), some other saying him great cricketing mind. It is tough for us to decide how good he is, but i want to point out all things he does and u can decide whether he is lucky or great cricketing brain. First thing i see him even at toss after coin is tossed,he gets busy thinks of something. May be not about something away from cricket. He concentrates himself right from time he enters field. So he is working, not enjoying there. And while on field he emphasises importance of fielding and makes sure he does all efforts to stop runs and take wickets. He thinks and thinks, always tries to outsmart the batsman who is playing.Trott was playing well yesterday.one loop hole he got was Trott was weak playing spin on that track so rotated bowlers. He got wickets. About Ishant brought in, he thought for Indian win only, no??

Posted by heathrf1974 on (June 24, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

Good win by India. A very close result. Morgan must be kicking himself. Also umpires need to realise a person is out when a bail is not in contact with a stump.

Posted by Pavinasen on (June 24, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

Sharing the trophy was not a option for India after being the dominant team by far. Going into finals ,I am sure there must have been a lot of preparations for a 50 over's game. They seem to be a team that come well prepared to their matches. I am sure they would have had a game plan in the event of losing the toss. It can only take a team that is on top of its game to now make adjustments to their game plan for a shortened version ,yet they come out as winners in someone else's back yard. Their success is attributable to the following factors, a cool , strategic & efficient leadership, young & fearless team, their batting & bowling , their fielding and their ability to absorb pressure.Surley MSD must go down as a legend of cricket ,winning under his captaincy World cup,ICC champions trophy,T20 world cup, Taking India to no 1 in test & ODI,2 times winners of the IPL,winners of ICT appearing in 5 of the 6 IPL finals and 1 semi. Not luck just brillant.

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 24, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

CONGRATS to INDIA!!!!! This was a special win and for us fans its nice that it happened in ENgland. We still remember our 8-0 drubbing in England (TEsts and ODI) from 2011. In the ENGLAND and OZ tours we were carrying our old stalwarts (No disrespect to them - they had achieved greatness in their times) and our team was in need of rejuvenation. The process is complete and we should now strive to perfect the team.

Posted by chetanphanse on (June 24, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster: Diotn get emotional Some ridiculous decisions. Joginder Sahrma Last over Sreeshanth in place of Ashwin for World cup final Batting before Youraj in Final (Yuvraj man in form , the contention was right left combination but Dhoni had failed in all matches before the final worth the bat) Ishant Sharma over yesterday! I dont see anything other than luck that these decisions clicked to give all those titiles. HE is a great leader of main but an average strategist

Posted by maddy20 on (June 24, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

@ Bobmartin Cry me a river! You like it when you are the beneficiary of a 50-50 decision(Broand's no-ball vs NZ) but you can't take it when you are at the receiving end do ya? And we did not make it a 20-20 game, the rain did! Dhoni wasn't happy about it either, but we will take the trophy. Thanks for playing!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

@ Harmony-111 yeah right bell was playing so well lol, except that reverse sweep he hardly got bat on ball against the spinners. third umpire actually saved him from more embarrassment. but if that makes you feel better, ifs buts that then are the way to go. As india has been on the loosing end for a few seasons as an indian supporter i can understand, but beating Eng in a close game feels so so sweet

Posted by NP_NY on (June 24, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

@cricketfan10000: How is India going to do in South Africa? How will India perform in the next world cup?, How will they look 10 years from now? - These questions can wait. For now we have all ICC trophies, the best captain in the world, the best bowler in the champions trophy, the best batsman in the champions trophy, and arguably the best catcher (Raina) too. So, forget being happy, WE ARE OVER THE MOON!

Posted by suriaero on (June 24, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

@cricketfan10000 - Like What dhoni, take one step at a time. Give focus to the present, future will be taken care off. Its true if Steyn was fit in the first match things would have gone different. There could be other way also, if India batted well against steyn also. There will be lot of if and buts. Lot of things have happened and we have to accept it. Even SA batters depend too much on Amla. If he fires SA win else they lose. Its not like SA bowlers are unplayable, one has to find proper proposition of caution with aggression to succeed. It will be a good contest and waiting for the same. Mind you this CT tournament didnt happen in sub-continent but still India managed to win all the matches they have played. Adapatability is the key to success, let dont burden them now. Lets enjoy the moment, India have won the CT 2013. Congrats team India, the team showed lot of guts and character after the IPL mess back home. Good that the team arrives fresh back home after series in WI and Zim

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

This tournament was so much better that's IPL. considering that seven of the eight teams are based many thousands of miles from where they played, the crowds at most games were excellent, the games high quality. I know no-one really likes this tournament, but I for one wll be sad that its not being played again. will we have to put up more of the dull corruption filled IPL?

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Congrats!!!!!!!! India unbeaten team in champions trophy even warmup games

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 24, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

When you are the bottom, it can only get better from then on. But when you are on top, if you are not alert, it can only go from bad to worse. The challenge for Dhoni now is to live up to the high expectation that we fans will now start having. Fans of other countries (especially SL, BD) are waiting for Dhoni & co to falter so they can have their share of fun at our expense. I don't think the tri-series and Zim series will pose any challenge. The real challenge will be the SA tour. I hope we do what no other Indian team has done in the past in SA, which is to win a series.

Good luck to this Indian team!

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (June 24, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

A superb victory by Team India. Hats off to Dhoni for nurturing and managing a young Indian team. Hats off to the selection committee also. We have a good talent and also a deep bench strength. Opportunities should be given at the right time to consistent performers at domestic level. With this win and also the recent test series against Australia, the chances of Viru, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Zaheer and Bhajji, staging a come back in all formats of the game has become practically impossible. Let's persist with the performing youngsters. SRT can retire from tests also...

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Congratulations India for the victory :) I never liked ur team before, but now its so pleasing to see your younger players. PCB must take some lessons from u guys! All the best for the future games.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Nail biting finish..Very interesting match..Full of worth in any final game of tournament.. Dhoni played a gamble on Ishant and proves that he is a biggest gambler in world cricket..

Posted by agamgoyal on (June 24, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

I know it is too soon to speak but I wonder if India can become as dominant as the mighty Australians of Steve Waugh or like the invincible West Indies of Lloyds

BTW ...this was great and I hope it continues :)

Posted by FAB_ALI on (June 24, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Just want to say this- Captain Cool beats Captain Cook!!!!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

cmon #yuvStrong become fit and come back then we will be even stronger

Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (June 24, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

India were very lucky yesterday.Because Ian Bell's descion was cleary not out.Otherwise it was a cake walk for England.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 24, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

I don't understand some of these points written by critics. 1) India won the title by luck when he has given to bowl Ishant because he was expensive. 2) India won on a Indian type of wicket 3) India won because it has reduced to 20 overs 4) Bells decision. To all the critics of Indian win, we all Indian fans can understand that you are all not able to digest the fact that how Indian cricket has gone to the next level, and how India got an excellent captain. Your answers are :-1) Its MS's mastermind brain thought Bhivi and Yadav cannot bounce the ball, so though Ishant was expensive MS has given the ball to him and got success, Cook or any captain could never do that2) Its his foolishness that knowing Indian spinners well Cook bowled first caz he scared of overcast conditions.3) if it is a 50 over game, England would have lost with more than 100 runs, lol 4)Its not a an on field umpire given out, its a 3rd umpire(BNJ Oxenford (Australia)) who saw the reply and given out.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

I think it lends further credence to the fact that (even) after the toss if the playing conditions dramatically alter before a ball is bowled, teams should be allowed to change their playing XI! Cracker of a final, even though the ICC had planned this in a very bizarre manner, without the reserve day. Dhawan once again showed that he has really come of age at the international level, playing an invaluable innings under tough conditions. The other interesting thing is how India's weakest fielding link, Ashwin, has become a more-than-decent slip fielder!

Posted by true_point on (June 24, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

After watching the match, it looked like India did not deserve to win last night. England fielded well, nay, their field positioning was great. No, their bowlers bowled to their fields. Smashing hits by Dhawan and Virat went straight to fielders who were positioned at the precise points. There was a not a single ball bowled at the pads of Indian batsmen. In contrast, our Indian seamers will bowl 3 dot balls and the fourth one would be on the pads or short wide outside the off which the Brits hit for a four or six and release the pressure. Case in point is the choking of runs by the spinners and then Ishant, Bhuvy and Yadav bowl short and wide and England back in the drivers seat. Ishant bowls a very short bouncer to Ravi Bopara which is hit for a six, meaning Ishant neither has the pace nor does he know the exact length to bowl such short balls. He gives that extra second to a good player to position himself for the shot. Ashwin was lucky to get a run out of a wide delivery. Lucky day.

Posted by cricketfan10000 on (June 24, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Indian fans shoud feel happy that India won Champions trophy But there are many things to worry about.

Can Indian team withstand against mighty(Styen,Morkel,Philander) South Africa bowling during the testmatches later this year.

Are Indian bowling can be consistent and are capable of taking 40 test wickets

Indian fans feel happy, don't get carried away with Indian Success

Posted by Cricket_Allrounder on (June 24, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

When you call taking wickets as a luck, why cant u call hitting six as a luck?? One bad ball is hit for a six and One bad shot gets a wicket.. Where does the luck come here??

Is it a 'sharma' dejavu?? Jogindher few years back and now its Ishant.. England were clueless when it comes to spin.. Even when you knew this, Taking the risk of bowling final two overs by spinners was brilliant.. Truely unorthodox.. If India had lost, Dhoni would have been blasted by the critics but now see.. This is what makes him special..

Leave cricket!! Outside cricket, Did u ppl see how Dhoni carried himself after receiving the trophy?? He juss handed it over to his team to celebrate the moment.. As Someone earlier said, he is truely a selfless cricketer!! Takes the blame on his shoulders and gives the victory to the team to celebrate..

Ahh Virat, Raina and jadu, pretty awesome dancing :)

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

A fitting farewell to the last edition of ICC Champions trophy. A match which was not 2 b with relentless rain. d crowd dint give up waiting for more than 8 hrs & finally rain gave up. d match did start see-sawing from brilliance 2 utter panicky cricket & finally did team which held its nerve won d match defeating the team which dominated most of the proceedings.d ultimate winner was cricket though.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

@yugandhar1786 I questioned the technique of Raina, Dhoni, Kartik, rohit sharma against quality bowling.

Loook what happened today.

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (June 24, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Team India did very well. I'm sure there is a long list of coaches/players/admin to thank.. however in my books the first one will be Trevor Penny. India basically out-fielded everyone.. something which no team had planned for! Also I feel its the right time to say goodbye to Mr Fletcher.

Posted by Siraj.Ahmed on (June 24, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Very nice cricket. Best of luck My Indian team.. Insha allah aage bhi jeetegi..

Posted by DINESHCC on (June 24, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

What a turnaround. Exactly two years, not even a single match India won. Now not even a single match India lost.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

He can bat, He can keep , He can captain , He can bowl , He can win tournaments , He can take his team to No 1 in all the formats , He can win all the leagues that his team plays . Is there anything MSD cant do ? #Respect :)

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 24, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

this team played like champions and were and are,but,still there are 1 or 2 batting spots which are to be filled ,Yuvraj has to make comeback coz he's a match winner at IND's disposal and also not too old(31) just needs to work on his form and get into the groove,Dinesh kartik's place is in doubt....Raina should proove his worth at no.6.....

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

So happy for India. Congratulations from South Africa. I don't care what anyone says about Dhoni, I think he is the coolest captain around - a warrior with a gentleman's demeanor. Indian fans should be proud and grateful to have him.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (June 24, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

SL fans before the tourney. Ind don't have a chance to win a single match..SL fans after warm up match - wait for the real matches!..SL fans after the group matches - wait for the semis- SL fans after the semis - wait until you bat first against England in UK in the final..SL fans after the final - india got lucky...lol lol lol...is there anything left for you to say..did i miss something here? Your jealousy is what makes these victories all that sweeter. Bring it on...dhoni only captain to have all icc tourneys in the world EVER. PERIOD.

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (June 24, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Well done India! I am not a great fan of India. But they really played well in all the three dept of batting, fielding and bowling. Good work.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

This is just the beginning, definitely not the end! Well done India and my role model MS Dhoni continues to teach me important lessons in life! Thanks Sir MSD!

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 24, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

@Front-foot-Lunge had it been a complete match no one would have given a chance ENG, as IND are more than capable of piling runs in excess of 350,so ENG had no chance thats why before the match IND fans were quiet confident that their team will lift the trophy,20 over match gave ENG best chance to pull off an upset but not to happen ENG choked more than SA...............

Posted by VickyN on (June 24, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Dhoni has a cool head and an extra-ordinary luck! He turns almost everything into gold with a mere touch. You cannot deny either of the facts. But India is not complaining and why should they. You need fair bit of luck to win these trophies and he is bringing the rub of green. Of course his captaincy (where he excels most of the times), his explosive batting (he is one of the best finishers) and his much improved keeping are all plus. Bricks or Bouquets - he is doing it for India.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

well well NO body talks about india's win is mainly bcoz of ASHWIN' performance. out of england's 8 wickets he got 5 of them, 3 important catches(cook, morgan & bopara) & 2 wickets(trott & root). if any one of the above survives, england could have easily won the match.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

India has beaten 6 teams out of 7 champion opponents....including the warm up games...India beat Aussie, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Srilanka - twice and England. Unfortunately couldn't face Newzealand, since they didn't reach the knockout stage...

Posted by laduma on (June 24, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Dhoni has proved he is great captain. for crying out loud he may not be a magician in test cricket but is any of us perfect NO! the man has grown white hair at such a young age. at some point we have to admit he has proved to be shrewd and the best captain India has ever had. thumbs up to Dhoni

Posted by sundar411 on (June 24, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Critics who were attributing Indian victories to winning of tosses (esp. against Sri Lanka and Pakistan ) now ought to take back their words. In far more difficult situation, India lost the toss, but won the match. Kudos, Team India.

Posted by Swarancool on (June 24, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

@bobmartin: India would have won easily won wheather it was a 50 over game Reasons: 1. wicket was square turning ,the way they batted against spin i dont think they could have survived that 20 overs of jadeja and aswin, i know there were a patnership bw bopara and morgan have to tell that they didnt exposed to spin twins most because of that 4 over limits of t-20 game 2. indians didnt feel that the england quicks were too tough,most of the indian wickets fallen because they played adventourous shots since it was a t-20 game

to be frank england have to learn a lot to play the turning ball

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 24, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

Well written article . Having missed the highlights I can visualize how good England were yesterday. SOMEONE here said an Indian win is like Sub continent Win. On these lines having SL in semi and India in final as winners , we will savor this as Sri Lanka win too !

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

brilliant balls miss the edge or the stumps and half trackers fetch you wickets. so, the element of luck has and will always be there in cricket. why are people so disturbed at MSD riding his luck. people think MSD has been lucky? so be it. wasn't ponting n steve waugh lucky to have quality players in their side. captaincy was an absolute cake walk for them. come on people, MSD is the right person at the right place and he is riding his luck for sure but he is also putting in some hard work. atleast he deserves credit for that. the entire team deserves it. if the england team panicked and dug their own grave, that isn't MSD's fault.

Posted by StarsnStumps on (June 24, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

I'm a Pakistani but let me say that India have played exciting cricket and are the deserving winners and what's more they have won out of their comfort zone. Congratulations and thanks for the entertainment although I would be lying if is said i wasnt rooting for England but at the end the best team won.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

Get real guys! England had toss, weather and home conditions advantage and having contained India to a below par score and being on their way to an easy win they blinked! India held their cool, their less effective bowling unit outperformed England's stronger suit. Period! One can rationalise about luck but I think it was a matter of skill, bottle and BELIEF!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

@ Satwant Singh who wants to play a team whose strategy is to bowl a no ball to deny someone a century and i understand why these series have been scheduled to help the SL board get out of debt so that SL can continue supporting its infrastructure. but the love has been lost because of SL fans attitude towards indian team. but who cares we won the #WC11 and now #CT13 so partying partying all night long wohooo :))

Posted by pull_shot on (June 24, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Really terrific innings by Jadeja under pressure with out that game is gone for india. I still remember the day when he lost the match for India in which tendulkar scored masterful 175 vs Aus but he played well as ashwin more than his bowling his catching impressed me. Magic from dhoni. only he and god why he gave ishanth 4th over.

Posted by somethingdifferent on (June 24, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

England just took over the title of chokers from SA. They had the match in control when Morgan & Bopara were batting but obviously choked to cross the final hurdle. Unfortunate. Well played India

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

What was stuart broad doing on last ball--Running 6 singles to win,it was hillarious.People saying dhoni lucky should be reminded that on last england tour of 2010 he lost his premium fast bowler on day 1 and lost all tosses and bat first in all ODI an t20 games and yesterday also he had to dealt with bat first,frequent interruptions and new ball for spinners So you decide who is lucky Dhoni or Cook? Dhoni just remains calm, optimizes limited resources and don't complain or make excuses like others

Posted by Chaitu87 on (June 24, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

I think it is high time people stopped saying Dhoni's lucky and banking on what was built by Dada. This is the team formed by Dhoni and this is fearless brand of cricket. I have been watching cricket for 18 years now and have never seen India dominating an entire tournament this way. Dhoni or Dada debate is ridiculous sometimes. Although similarities can be drawn these are two different leaders from different generations. Dada laid the foundation with his will and guts, Dhoni trusts his players and instincts more than any captain ever did for India perhaps. Who knows this may even pave a way to establish dominance over world cricket by the next generation cricketers who look excellent under different circumstances. All in all a well deserved, highly satisfying win for India.

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (June 24, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

Just like the srilankan game, India were very very lucky to beat england as well, england were the better team, but as usual rain saved india from us in the semifinals and now from england in finals

Posted by samir_23 on (June 24, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

India played good cricket throughout d tournament n dominated most of their games. nice 2 win the champions trophy bt i want 2 see this domination to continue 4 a long time even better then Aussies.........may be m asking 4 too much bt if u want to be the beat team ever then u have to make the world believe that u r as Aussies n indies did

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

We do not credit luck for success. We wrongly assume that we alone 'create' success, but we keep on forgetting that small win =little talent+ some luck, but big wins/success = a little more talent+ lot big luck. But i have a feeling that Dhoni understands this...

Posted by danny18dave on (June 24, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

Great Game by India . Great Capyaincy by Dhoni . One thing clear if you give your best and do simple things with humble heart even difficult things becomes in your favour. "Conflict of interest " will be gone for toss now .Great example of "Actions speak louder than words".

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 24, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

@chetanphanse: Yes, this "overrated" captain is the ONLY captain ever to win every major ICC event. Plus, this "overrated" captain took India to the no.1 test rankings. Plus, this "overrated" captain won the IPL twice, as well as the Champions League T20 once. Not only that, this "overrated" captain continues to play for India in all games, in every format throughout the year when many of his contemporaries take holidays from at least one of the 3 formats in the name of injuries, personal problems, personal choice, etc. So yeah he is "overrated" as he should rightly be. When will people learn to appreciate hard work and dedication ?

Posted by sachinisawesome on (June 24, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

@BDforever Good thing is that India didn't have to waste time on teams like Bangladesh. I think Ireland can compete at International level not Bangladesh.

Posted by manisacumen on (June 24, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

Once again it is the MIDAS magic that worked for India. I never gave a chance to this team when it was announced sans the stars but included M. Vijay of all. But the way this team came out victorious speaks volumes of Dhoni's captaincy. Lucky he may be, but still he had to do something more than luck to get victory for india. India deserved to win. It would have been a travesty. I swiched off the TV once Trott took the score to 22 in no time. I expected an England victory from that point of time and was sure that If I saw anymore on TV, it would be an England victory for sure. So i dozed off, with a pitiful feeling for Dhoni and his men. In the morning, I didn't bother to turn the TV to know the truth. And only after the newspaper came, I just took to read to confirm my prediction. lo, It was the indian cricket team on the first page. Immediately knew we had won. What a pleasant surprise. Feel sorry for England, but India deserved it. T20 is a wrong way to judge this tea

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:47 GMT)


Literally surprised by your FEATURED posts that included hypothetical words "IF, LUCKY, WOULD HAVE BEEN".

The target was not big enough to defend. RJ & Ashwin - best bowlers to be kept reserve against final burst of ENG. RJ was utilized by MS with immense computerized brain. He bowled 5, 9, 17 & 19th over of ENG inning as he has 4 overs to bowl max. By judging weak & strong points of ENG & IND too, MS utilized RJ & Ashwin in the death. Ishant was only senior bowler who have the slower one capability & Bhuvi-Umesh are not experienced to bowl at 18-20th over under FINAL pressure burden. The decision to give 18th over to Ishant was surprising to the world & not us as it was best slot for him other than 19th or 20th. Jadeja gave 12 runs in 17th over -any other could given more. He gave 4 runs in 19th & scalped 1 wkt with 1 runout. Match was over if he used earlier. So RJ was effective that swung the match in IND's favor. Think about what u have written.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

@nlambda - India does not consider it's Asia Cup victory in the same league as the World and Champions Trophy Cups. That's for our poor and less talented brothers, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, to win and be happy.

Posted by Lovetesh on (June 24, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

England c Ashwin b I. Sharma. Giving over to Ishant was risky but a thoughtful decision by Dhoni. Ishant was the most experienced bowler India had. Kumar and Yadav both lacked previous experience of playing big finals and they showed nerves in their initial spell. ICC must reserve a day for finals atleast from now onwards. I agree with Dhoni that it is not fair to decide a 50 overs tournament with a 20/20.

Posted by ScoobyRaj on (June 24, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

India missed the services of Gautam Gambhir who made a massive difference in both the world cup finals. In 2007 he made a priceless contribution of 75 runs & in 2011 he followed it up with his 97. Averaging 86 in finals as he scored 172 in 2 innings. Gilchrist & Gambhir are the most consistent performers during championship finals.

India became the 1st team to win champions trophy final while batting 1st as in all the other occasions it was the chasing team which won.

India became only the 2nd team after Australia to win a champions trophy final after losing the toss. Australia had lost the tosses in both 2006 & 2009 but still went on to win both of them.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

"Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 23, 2013, 20:01 GMT) In terms of the 50 over contest, England effectively finished top as they were the most complete team in the series". Huh! How come the most complete team in the tournament lost to Sri Lanka by a whopping 7 wickets? Or you mean complete in the sense that England has players from other countries also?

Posted by Elijah_9 on (June 24, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

The final between India & England had to do with luck, master class captaincy along with some smart thinking. Thumbs up to England for coming so far but they jus needed to complete that final task, also felt a grief stricken for James Anderson cuz he was looking forward to a this win after 2004 loss to West Indies. But MS Dhoni picked a brilliant team to win the championship flawlessly. Jadeja & Ishant has matured alot as played especially playing with Dale Steyn Ishant has become a better bowler as jadeja a great all round who shows lots of confidence. Dhawan jus continues to be consistent & Virat turns out to be a great vice captain, kartik is great also but India is a very good team allround. Hope England get motivated & aim to move on cuz the have good captaincy also but need to click always. Well West Indies was out but my second team still won. Great work team INDIA.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

INDIA was the only team to beat all other teams it faced throughout the tournament....so deservedly won the championship....

Posted by Rohandd on (June 24, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

Congratulations India. finally champions trophy got it's deserved candidate.

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 24, 2013, 4:32 GMT)


SL hav tasted 4 champions tophy finals. I would never swap this to a 2013 CT Final win. Winning doesn't matter consistency matters.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

"Anderson is considered the most skillful flat-deck or green top specialist in the world." By whom? Yeah right, by the english fans. Steyn is far superior to Anderson and more importantly consistent as well. Anderson bowled 4 overs today and got a wicket when there were just 9 balls left in India's innings and the batsmen were throwing the kitchen sink. Doesn't look very skillful to me.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

There were 3 interruptions during Indian batting... But why was the score D/L adjusted when England started chasing? Did I miss something that D/L is not applicable for a 20 over match?

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

&Ajith - The only reason ECB/ICC scheduled the tournament this early was to allow England a chance to win a ODI tournament. England bowlers can take wickets only when there is cloud cover and/or overcast conditions. Otherwise, just as SL did, any team would score about 300 runs and then beat them by a whopping 7 wickets.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 24, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

An excellent win by India. 1) Home ground of opposition 2) They lost important toss 3) put in to bat on a bowling condition 4) Match reduced to 20 overs in which England are champions 5) Never got time to settle as rain interrupted always 6) Got only 129 which is not enough for 2 20 over match But still India won it! Bravo! @ Baseball--Sucks. At the end of every series you come up with same slogan - " next series we will do that, we will do this" .

Posted by MSDian_CSKian on (June 24, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

A great team effort by India which was led smartly by M S Dhoni. After all the controversies it feels great to see Dhoni answering all the questions on field with a clinical performance at the Finals.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 24, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

@Baseball--sucks: I can understand your frustration with regards to SL getting out in the semi finals. However, you ask any SL cricketer now, he would gladly swap any meaningless ODI triangular series for the ICC Champions Trophy win any day. More so Sanga and Mahela, who have still not featured in any major ICC ODI tournament win. Still, India will be fairly confident in the upcoming Caribbean triangular series against both SL and WI.

Posted by chetanphanse on (June 24, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Happy that India won. But MS Dhoni is the most over rated Captain in the world. However he is the luckiest!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 24, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

An excellent win by India. 1) Home ground of opposition 2) They lost important toss 3) put in to bat on a bowling condition 4) Match reduced to 20 overs in which England are champions But still India won it! Bravo! @ Baseball--Sucks. At the end of every series you come up with same slogan - " next series we will do that, we will do this" . A big LOL at you.

Posted by subhaas on (June 24, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

@BDforever@Baseball sucks@otuwa i know you are feeling very bad,LIONS AND TIGERS Both leaves the way when their master indians came.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

@ irishwolfhound if you follow indian cricket much then you will remember that raina have played so many great innings for this team under pressure... a few that standout are his knock in world cup 2011 in semis against aussies and his 100 in t20 world cup against SA.. stats will tell you more, to be fair he never got enough time in the middle in #CT13

Posted by Otuwa on (June 24, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

I am not a big fan of Indian cricket.But i have to say that.BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE FROM INDIANS.I have never seen Dhoni's this kind of celebration after winning a match.WELL DONE INDIA.See you next time in WI.[SL fan]

Posted by Suhas.G on (June 24, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

I don't believe 'undue risk by batsmen' would have been the strategy for giving Ishant the 18th over. It is a no-brainer that anyone would go with a more economical bowler (Bhuvanesh or Yadav) to add pressure on the batsmen. I believe the reason for giving Ishant that over was that Dhoni needed someone who could bowl short (probably because the pitch had significant bounce) and who better to do it than Ishant (height)! At that stage good length bowling or even yorkers from either Bhuvanesh and Yadav would have been smoked to boundaries by both Morgan and Bopara - Dhoni knew that that type of bowling would have been too easy for both batsmen, so he tried a variation - to pitch it short (considering the bounce on the pitch) with Ishant. It was easily seen with the field setting in that over and the first six by Morgan (Morgan was expecting a short ball), it may not have worked with Morgan but later Ishant had the wicket of Bopara on a short ball! - this was well planned by Dhoni.

Posted by tickcric on (June 24, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

Well in a rain hit match India lost the toss. Got the worse of the batting condition due to on & off nature of rain. And despite a modest score still managed to clinch victory. Congrats India, no one deserved it more, considering how you have played all through the tournament & how you managed to hold on in this tough final. Very well done... It was a good tournament in terms of competition. Only thing is, if ICC would have showed a bit more responsibility in planning it, we would have had a better way of ending this 50 overs tournament.

Posted by Romenevans on (June 24, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

Bells's dodgy decision was like blessing in disguise for England otherwise he would wasted all the 20 overs (England was lucky that he got out and Morgan & Bopara made a match out of it). He was looking awful at playing spin.

Posted by nlambda on (June 24, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

Responding to another fan: Dhoni HAS won the Asia Cup as well - in 2010.

Posted by hotcric01 on (June 24, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

Congratulations India!well deserved victory.India is the best team of the tournament despite the result of the final.so they deserve the trophy more than any other team.Both best batsman(Dhawan) and the best bowler(Jadeja) are from India.In the final they played very well to defend a low score.conditions were so difficult to bat.(with three rain breaks).Dhawan and kohli did so well.Jadeja finished it in style.Umpiring errors are part of the game.England would not have been in the semi final had third umpire davies given the broad's no ball in the Eng-NZ match.England is not a compete ODI team yet.They were unable to defend a 297 in their own conditions.And lost twice to NZ in their own conditions.Apart from home series against pakistan,india are playing consistently well in recent few months.

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 24, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

@BDforever You are correct . We (SL) and Ban have to play as much crick as possible.

Posted by ajithabey on (June 24, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

Congratulations India for winning yet another title. However, ICC should schedule these important tournaments in the height of the summer as the fickle English weather made a mockery of the tournament including the final. England still have to wait to win a major title despite the fact that match scheduling and pitch conditions in late spring & early summer favoured England all the way. Good to see India maintaining their winning ways with a very professional performance in each game.

Posted by viswag59 on (June 24, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

DOUBLE WINNER! Absolute cracker of a match! And, A GREAT LAGAAN repeat for India but this time on English soil!

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 24, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

@Indiamcoolguy Wait hold on to your horses there is a Tri series coming up . SL lions are practicing hard and they will come all guns blazing against India

Also we hav ICC T20 and Asia cup coming soon . We will know who is good soon .

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

great win by india,they showed they are the best side in this competition.hats off to shikhar and jadeja for putting spectacular performances.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 24, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

I would also like to remind all my fellow posters that INDIA's win would bring a smile to thousands of people in the state of Uttarkhand in northern India, who have witnessed devastating floods that has killed more than 1000 people (that number is rising all the time). Shikhar Dhawan dedicated this win to all those brave and unfortunate souls. So I would like to request all my fellow Cricinfo posters and fans to join me in prayer for the people of Uttarkhand who have already lost so much. May God provide peace to those departed souls and offer them solace at His side in heaven. You will not be forgotten.

Posted by tharindu_td on (June 24, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

It is unfair by both teams to have a 20 20 for a fina but India deserve this victory as they have proved all three departments of their team was outstanding throughout the tournament

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (June 24, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

@BDforever, sour grapes? It was a fantastic performance by India throughout the tournament

Posted by Romenevans on (June 24, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Ishant Sharma has to be the worst learner in terms of improving your skills in cricket with experience. He has been in the team for so long but he still bowls that length ball that not a school kid will bowl. I saw Umesh Yadav telling him what to bowl when Morgan hit him for six, what more he want to u understand that he is not learning at all. (He is still learning, how long he will take to become a decent bowler at least?)

I always said Ishant at some point will cost us a game and it was about to be the final, but luckly he escaped.

Im not a CSK fan (RR fan here) but i really feel tat MOhit Sharma should be in the team for Ishant, he is a great prospect in the making and most importantly "a quick learner"

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

And we are the champions !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by AnanthKumarM on (June 24, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

A great win for India, an excellent performance by this young side under pressure. This will instill a lot of confidence in this young side. They have beaten top international teams en route to their maiden ICC Champions Trophy victory. Definitely the best edition of the ICC Champions trophy thus far!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 24, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

@bobmartin: Since when did Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd become Indian ? Cause both of them stated numerous times how England capitulated or lost the plot towards the end of the game. Indian commentators are some of the most neutral and fair minded ones FYI. Speak about Sky Sports commentators and it's a whole new ball game. Anyway, how about giving credit where it is due? Nobody asked England to 'choke' the way they did. It was simply brilliance from a young, Indian team led by a fantastic captain in MSD. The best team won the tournament and rightly so. Peace.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

If Bell was not given out, he would have pottered around clueless like the rest of the english batsmen and India would have won by a bigger margin. Remember, England would not have been in the final, had the third umpire given the right decision in the Eng-NZ match.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

yeah finally game was finished with a result but not satisfied y cant icc go 4 reserve day when we lost maximum percentage of day any the day finished with thrilling finish congrats to team india

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

When I had commented elsewhere that Dhoni was the best Captain India has had, it raised some people's hackles who were adamant that Ganguly was better. I am sure my detractors would now concede the case.

Posted by TheShawshankRedemption on (June 24, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

The most imp thing was Ind winning even the warm ups Aus and SL also were beaten. In both warm up top order failed and we managed to win. In actual matches top order fired. In all the matches sparing SA match, our bowlers did really well. So it was our bowling + top order that made this possible. So Except NZ we have beaten all sides this tournament. Dhoni handles any team ins't it? Give him Sreesanth, RP, Ishant, B kumar, Jadeja...he takes care of the team and makes them to perform. Dhoni has rightly motivated the team when needed and also fired them when did not perform. The same playing 11 winning all matches is something to be contend with. We never looked down throughout this tournament ans always looked positive and hungry for success.

Posted by balu.indian on (June 24, 2013, 3:01 GMT)

To all those who say Bell's wicket was descisive let me remind you that England was in a pretty good shape even after that with 20 of 16. You would back any side to win (other than england i guess) after that, especially in a t20. But instead they choked.. Pure and simple..

Posted by rashpunjabi on (June 24, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

well done india,,,won 20 twenty match in 50/50 format

Posted by hitvas on (June 24, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

Test New Format- 150 overs in 1st Innings and in 2nd 75 per side. that make it 450. for 5 days.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 24, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

When the game became a T20 affair, at the outset it appeared India had the upper hand since almost the entire team also makes it to its T20 team whereas in the case of England atleast 4 would not even make it to their T20 15 member team. However, the uncertainty of batting first not knowing what is in store for the bowlers and what the par score would be was a big disadvantage and predictably, Indian batsmen succumbed to that pressure and set a below par target. England bowling was at best disciplined and if this was a 50 over affair, India would have easily crossed 300.

But now England had the upper hand but the mystery was revealed when our spinners came on to bowl. They bowled exceedingly well and turned the screws on England. Backed by excellent fielding and catching, India regained the upper hand and in my view bringing in Ishant for the 18th over was a big gamble and fortunately it paid and turned the match in India's favour once for all.

India deserved to win and they.

Posted by samir_23 on (June 24, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

India played good cricket throughout d tournament n dominated most of their games. nice 2 win the champions trophy bt i want 2 see this domination to continue 4 a long time even better then Aussies.........may be m asking 4 too much bt if u want to be the beat team ever then u have to make the world believe that u r as Aussies n indies did

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

Its not a great day for cricket fans like Baseball-sucks, BDForever et al .. Good luck for you guys in the upcoming tournaments. For now - India is the Champions trophy winner

Posted by whofriggincares on (June 24, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

Oh dear England once again fall at the last hurdle. Another 2nd in an ICC ODI tourney. They would have almost as many seconds as the Aussies have titles! Funny to read the "would have won easily if it wasn't for (insert sad excuse here) or if it wasn't for (disregard reality and insert own fantasy here). The Indians have their name on the trophy and the English miss out again. Anyone who knows the game knows the Indians were the best side in the comp and deserved the win .Congrats to MS and his exciting young side. Commiserations to Alistair and his aging three country conglomerate.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

To some of Sri lankan and Pakistani fans who commented "Win the toss and win the match" - Apparently its team India who lost the toss but still won the match. so your argument about toss during semi final with Sri Lanka is not going to work any more...

Posted by gibbs.175 on (June 24, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

I told you guys....NO BODY COULD STOP THEM TO WIN THIS TIME ,,,,,,I>>>N>>>DI>>>A

Posted by landl47 on (June 24, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Congratulations to India. They've looked the best side throughout the tournament and although England pushed them very hard they kept their nerve and hung on. Great leadership by Dhoni, the most successful short-format captain ever.

As an England fan, I'm happy with the team's performance. I didn't think they'd make it past the semis, so to reach the final exceeded expectations. Disappointing though it was to lose the final by such a slim margin, this really isn't a T20 team and to have come as close as they did was a good achievement.

A great tournament and I'm happy the outcome was at least decided on the field.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

india did really well........on such conditions winning was really difficult

Posted by nlambda on (June 24, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

Responding to one of the commenters: Ponting has not won all the ICC trophies. He (and Australia) never won the World T20.

Posted by applethief on (June 24, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

Anyone else think that India have found the next Paul Collingwood in Suresh Raina? I'd say they were both passengers who took the odd catch, but at least Collingwood scored some runs from time to time.

Posted by rsnCricketCrazy on (June 24, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

Congrats To TEAM INDIA...they deserved to win the ICC CT trophy.Stand out team in this ICC CT trophy.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (June 24, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

We have had enough IPL experience that means you don't choke, you don't give up. People that have watched, played IPL know one thing very well. You are never, never, never out of the game till you actually lose it.

Posted by anupkeni on (June 24, 2013, 1:51 GMT)

India 129 for 7 (Kohli 43, Jadeja 33*, Bopara 3-20) beat England 124 for 8 (Morgan 30, Ashwin 2-15, Jadeja 2-24) by 5 runs

Posted by Temuzin on (June 24, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Sir Jaddu is a SIR in real sense. Two man of the match and golden ball with that cup. what a come back sirji.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 24, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

@ Baseball--Sucks : whats new in that? Every time your prediction was against India only and every time you proved wrong. You said batting second favored India, what happened now? India batted first against the top teams like England and SA (Aus in warmup game as well) and won the games. If India could batted second, the England could not even give the fight and India has easily won the game and people like you would have started screaming again about batting second. The true champions knows how to pull the game to victory. Winning 7 matches in sequence is something only a strongest team can do it. India is the STRONGEST team in the world. They are the true No1 team ODI in the world. Dhoni is the super captain. I surprise that his brain is beyond ones imagination. His predictions are 90% correct. His mental strength is far ahead than others.

Posted by Villanous on (June 24, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

Congratulations to Indian team first of all! I'm an Indian fan and I just cannot believe India won this match. Me and my friend were watching this match and we just couldn't believe Bell was given out even after the replays were inconclusive. Bell should have definitely got the benefit of doubt. And we're totally shocked when Eoin and Ravi donated their wickets to Ishant. Dhoni must be the luckiest captain on this planet. None of the bowling changes he made today made any sense whatsoever.

Posted by UK_Chap on (June 24, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge - You really need to give it a break, you have a very highly inflated opinion of the England team and bowlers in general. All the situations / circumstances you described are what most people would describe as a game of Cricket. One man does not make a team, all the players have to make a contribution for success. This Indian performance reminded me of how Pakistan used to play in the era of Wasim and Waqar, they used to apply pressure and defend low scores with good bowling. The Indian bowlers bowled very well but the England batsmen also crumbled under the pressure even though they were playing at home. You would show more class if would simply give a congratulations to the Indians for their victory, anything else comes across as sour grapes and an ungracious poor loser (reminds me of the Australians).

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

Dhoni's move to give Ishant 17th over was a Terrible move. But as usual, luck favoured him :)

Posted by BDforever on (June 24, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

Most of the matches were affected by the rain. And the final was badly affected as well. Better to call winners as "Wash out Champions"

Posted by jack500197 on (June 24, 2013, 1:27 GMT)

The title should be " England pulls a Pakistan". I cannot believe that England lost this game. The only team who perform a self destruction after being in a comfortable situation is Pakistan, thus the title.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 24, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

Even Ishant was able to take english wickets - That tells you a lot about the english batsmen's skills and ability to handle pressure.

Posted by BDforever on (June 24, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

Deciding 50 overs champions from a T20 match. Incredible...

Posted by Chris_P on (June 24, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

A 20-20 match to decide a 50 over tournament? Is it me or does something sound amiss here? This has got to be Bizarro world. Well done to India but seriously, does anyone feel like they have been served takeaway at a gourmet restaurant?

Posted by Balumekka on (June 24, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

Well done India! You truly deserved to win. Best team by far. Dhoni's captaincy is absolutely extraordinary, and all the young players seem to be not only highly skilled but also really mature. A bright future is ahaed for India. a Sri Lankan fan.

Posted by WonkyBail on (June 24, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

You can look at a number of factors ie: Bells wrong stump call, Bresnans overthrows..but the biggest factor was Ishants final over- I was overjoyed as I felt they would be able to virtually kill the game off, I was wrong MSD was right. MSD is a great short form captain he championed Jadega (where are all his detractors now). I was non too bothered about this tournament at the start but it did grow on me as it progressed and I was hacked off that England imploded like they did BUT India defended a small total and have looked good in every game, they have shed the jaded old legends who frankly looked like they can't be bothered in the field with good young players- just let them play a few seasons before you call them legends as it detracts from proven legends like MSD, well done India.

Posted by ravi-1967 on (June 24, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

Hope the demons of 2011 would have been exorcised with this trip.

Wishing the team all the best for the tri series in Windies

Posted by ravi-1967 on (June 24, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

Congrats India

Dhoni - First caption to lift all 3 major limited overs trophy India - Second behind Australia (6) to win 5 Limited overs trophy (including the ICC Champions trophy whcih they won jointly with SL in 2002) India - Only the second country after West Indies to win all 3 championships

Can India become the only country to hold all Limited over trophies at the same time by winning the T20 world cup scheduled in Bangladesh next year

Proud of this Indian cricket team which left for England immediately after a controversy filled IPL. Kudos to MSD for marshalling his troups and winnind despite the pressure he was under after the CSK issue.

Posted by fguy on (June 24, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

to all saying that it being curtailed to 20-20 benefitted india. it was actually the opposite. india are a much better 50 over side coz dhoni can strangle the runs in those middle overs with his spinners. & the batsmen dont seem to judge the pace of their innings as well & usually go too hard & lose their wickets. we dont play those many t20 int'ls so i guess they dont have their roles defined.

i think full 50 over match with 20 overs of srj & ashwin & we would've won more easily.

india were the best team in the tournament in all departments for all 7 games. look at their fielding they didnt drop a SINGLE catch. even today trott dropped a catch & there were 5 overthrows from Eng.

Posted by nlambda on (June 24, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

I would like to be that guy and say that it was wrong of Dhoni to give the ball to Ishant instead of Kumar or Yadav. Dhoni for all his positives has a negative of playing favorites. Backing Ishant was similar to picking RP Singh for the 2nd test in 2011. He really did not deserve it, and this was not the right call for the team. Nothing succeeds like success but promoting the captain's favorites when they are playing badly is not good.

Posted by Ali_Eorse on (June 24, 2013, 0:29 GMT)

I. Sharma is quite possibly the world's worse fast bowler He would never make the PAK team. Never the WI. Never the RSA. He would even make the Bangladesh team. I am just laughing my head off in seeing that he still continues to play for India. So, he got a break. But, a better bowler would not give so many expensive overs. Can we get rid of him?

Posted by ItsmeAgain999 on (June 24, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

Bell? He was stumped by a mile. Why didn't he just walk off? Worst decision I've ever seen.

When does the proper cricket start?

India, you win the Mickey Mouse one day games, we'll win the real matches.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 0:12 GMT)

MS Dhoni is the best captain in the world at the moment and team India deserved this Title especially the way they have been performing in this tournament. Credit goes to Dhoni, Australia was at the top when they had the best skipper in the form of Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.Hopefully, India would get another leader ready before he would announce his retirement. Other cricketing nations should also get a lesson from it and try to improve their cricket and at the same time appoint a real leader who can make his players fight for a game no matter they are junior or senior. Once again, well-deserved victory.

Posted by truth_bearer on (June 24, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

NZ are the only team that India couldn't beat in this tournament, because the draw didn't let them play them.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

All throughout the tournament, it's obvious for all to see that the 'reports' on this website are always in favour of England whether it's D/L or DRS or any other matter. Today England were huge favorite once they won the toss & put India in. A win for India is highly creditable after batting first. In many games, we have comments like : 'if England has done this or that or not missed something, then ...' Why not see the situation for opponent teams? In case these "if"s had worked for other countries, England wld have not reached even SF round. If you take world-wide opinion of world-11, nobody except Anderson will qualify. They are only good to win ashes as of now.

Posted by Perceptive on (June 24, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Front foot lunge; your delusional and supercilious manner, one which is sadly not confined to you, is the very reason that this particular victory tastes oh so very sweet. :)

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (June 24, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

Well, when 20 was needed off 15 balls with 2 set batsmen who have a ton of experience in the shortest format, I was already readying my comments on how a bunch of IPL millionaires lost to a bunch of test players playing a 20-20 match to decide a 50-over trophy :P

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

@Raj Rajput: Just a little correction if you don't mind. India won the T20 in 2007, Pakistan in 2009 and England in 2010...:-)

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

One of the best game i have watch this series. MS made all the right move and England just Panic at the end.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

@Long-Leg The only thing your statement is proving here is that the English team is rubbish without KP... and why just the final, I guess the whole tournament was a sham because KP did not play... sour grapes mate, grow up!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Congrats to Team India.... captain cool proved his mettle again..!!

Posted by dalboy12 on (June 24, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

@davetheclarinet i agree completely the death of ODI cricket has to be the weather. Rain ended up ruining this tournament - and you can't really see much of a solution, as it can rain anywhere, and it can rain on reserve days as well. How many of the big games ended up rain affected in some way. That said India are well deserved winners, my comments above are not meant to take anything away from their win. Just a shame so many of the games didn't end up being 50 overs.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

at the end india won as i wanted being india fan but it felt unfair game arrangements from ICC. like such a big tournament final and no reserve day for the game. in MLB they have a reserve day for regular season games. but anyways both teams perform really well. india kept their cool and over came the situation. its a gud thing coz india is known for there death over failures. our mr.cool captain has lot to do with it. he is the best captain india ever had so far. all youngsters perform well aspecially "The One"=dhawan. bowlers and young enregatic fielders also played very gud part in the great clean sweep series.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (June 23, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, in a 50 over match Indian batsmen would have been under less pressure to score early. They would have seen Anderson through. Besides, even if the openers had gotten out to him, Karthik, Raina and Dhoni would not all have gotten out so quickly. They would have waited for Anderson's bowling to lose its potency (after say 5-6 of his overs). There is also Kohli. Remember even Jadeja hit Anderson for a 6 and 4 in his fourth over. No edges there! So, you are fantasizing if you think England would have had an advantage in a 50 over game. India would have had the edge there too. But, since this was advertised as a 50-over format, I wish we had had that.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (June 23, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

Exciting ending to a great tournament but somehow feels unsatisfied. As someone mentioned earlier, India can go on to their next meaningless tri-series and England can go back to their bread n butter what is the Ashes series. Until then we'll see you Indian fans same time next year for a 5-match test series. Make no mistake, best team won...but had England won, as an Eng fan it would have felt meaningless because of the rain.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

@Slp Srinivas, you conveniently forgot about mentioning that India had beaten Australia 4-0 recently at home...does that atleast signify that India has some technique? ..... Test Matches are classical matches and not every team can win all matches, they will win some, lose some over the long run.....but it's not right to downgrade India's fantastic limited overs record in the recent past due to not so good overseas Test Series performances....

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

Well done India..... What a bowling change from dhoni

Posted by jackiethepen on (June 23, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

The replays actually showed that Bell was in because the bails were still on when his foot was grounded. So perhaps a little worse than 'couldn't be sure'. The loss of Bell obviously affected England - given the margin was only 5 runs. Cook has publicly criticised the third umpire's decision. So did the Sky commentators.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

Well done India....some logic and time are clicking only with Dhoni whenever he needed.....he's a lucky and awesome captain...more then India england are deserve this win...as I say Indian team captain magic always does the magic...fantastic bowling change from Dhoni....bringing isanth sarma insert of kumar or yadev...isanth took all informant Wickets consecutive balls....

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (June 23, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

Fair play to india, I guess with only 1 national sport & 1.something billion people you needed it more. Now England are one step closer to the main course. England & aussie fans know what im talking about.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (June 23, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

Champions of Champions! Congrats #TeamIndia ! The only thing Dhoni didnt have in his closet. People say about bowling and fielding that won India but we should not forget the captaincy of MSD! He even set a test match field for a couple of balls. Seriously the best Indian Captain ever and arguably the best Captain after Steve Waugh. #MSD such a selfless character. He hardly spent anytime with the trophy and handed it over to his team to cherish the moment. He finally held the trophy in the end of the ooo la la for an official photograph. #Respect

Posted by Sivar on (June 23, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

This win completes a "Grand Slam" equivalent in cricket for Dhoni! He has led India to championships in every major ICC tournament. Not to forget that India got to No. 1 in tests under him as well! Kudos to him.

Posted by Nawab67 on (June 23, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

@nawaz Ahmed...really what do you have to say now? Your Pak team would scored under 50 in 20 overs in those conditions.

Posted by ctcricketjt on (June 23, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

The problem with England is this, all they talk about is Ashes. They need to think outside it. Also I think Bresnan and Buttler need to be axed. Bresnan has been there too long without delivering much.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 23, 2013, 23:31 GMT)

@Front Foot lunge - If Anderson bowling 10 overs to Indian batsmen was carnage, then Ashwin and Jadeja bowling 20 overs to the clueless and hapless English batsmen would have been double carnage. Talking about Bell's dismissal, if the third umpire had made the right decision in the Eng-NZ match, then it would have been the kiwis in the final and rightfully so and not England.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 23:30 GMT)


Posted by gtr800 on (June 23, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

@davetheclarinet I totally agree with you. It shouldn't have been decided in this way a t20 constitutes a different game altogether than 50 overs. No wonder West Indies hold the WC t20 and are not close in the ODI rankings whatsoever. But I think England had the best possible chance to win the game all throughout- the toss, interruptions in the Indian batting, knowing what to chase, yet lost it. It would most definitely not been as close if it was a 50 over game- especially on this turning wicket. So, England have just escaped a walloping in my opinion and very nearly won it.

Posted by Natesan333 on (June 23, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

What can you say about this man Dhoni, every possible ICC trophy in his possession (I have a feeling he will win the test trophy too, if that every materialize). The man is a big match winner and the thing I just love about him is, at the end he just hands the trophy over to his boys and blends into the background.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 23, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

@Front Foot Lunge - Stick to ODI's. We all know England finally won a test series in India after 28 years. And as the result of the final shows, it's not only the bowlers, but also the batsmen are one-dimensional and choked spectacularly. After all, England has never won an ICC tournament, barring a T20. England was lucky to win the toss and bowl and India had to constantly adjust, not knowing how many overs they will get to bat. But the Indian bowlers were far superior and more than a match for the England batsmen.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

The only cup Dhoni hasn't won is Asia Cup..Hopefully, he could win it and complete the set next year..

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 23, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Keep reading Indian fans making fun of England fans for making excuses but I've not seen too many doing that (apart from FFL but what else is new?). Most of the England fans commenting on here have rightly acknowledged that India deserved their victory. What's worse is so many Indian fans can't seem to enjoy their team's incredible performance without making fun of England. The only thing worse than being a sore loser is being a sore winner. It's easy to say England couldn't handle the pressure (they couldn't) but I'd rather commend India for being able to apply pressure with such a small total on the board. Shows how good their bowling and fielding was.

@Jay_N Prior's ODI record is pretty poor. Buttler may only average 12 but he's still new to the side and his strike rate is 134. Prior averages 24 after 62 innings with a strike rate of 76. I think Buttler's got the talent but seems to feel under pressure to blast away from the get-go (see the terrible shot he played today).

Posted by elgenioroshan on (June 23, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

Champions of Champions! Congrats #TeamIndia ! The only thing Dhoni didnt have in his closet. People say about bowling and fielding that won India but we should not forget the captaincy of MSD! He even set a test match field for a couple of balls. Seriously the best Indian Captain ever and arguably the best Captain after Steve Waugh. #MSD such a selfless character. He hardly spent anytime with the trophy and handed it over to his team to cherish the moment. He finally held the trophy in the end of the ooo la la for an official photograph. #Respect

Posted by MH19 on (June 23, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan and my full support was for India and my heart was for India just because of our Sub Continent connection and happy that India kept the cup in the sub continent that Sri Lanka and Pakistan failed. A very well deserved win for Dhoni and the boys and remaining unbeaten in the tournament which in return was worthy winners.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

congratz.eng really missed counterattacking mentality of k p

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

Very well written Sidharth, and well done team India.

Posted by aby_prasad on (June 23, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

Bulldozed!,Terminated!Thats what i felt India did to others throughout this competition.Thats how the cookie crumbles.Thats how you win while batting second,while batting first, if rain disrupts your rhythm, if its reduced to a 20-20.Thats how you win in overseas conditions.Thats how you win if its batting/bowling/turning conditions! India has done it all here!Other than silly pinpricking frm silly fans,there is nothing to say India did not deserve this title or cant play abroad anymore albeit odis!Sorry to be this ecstatic but i've never seen india this dominant in a major tournament outside India ever including 2007 t20.Roles have been reversed,India is now the terminator and England was a fitting rocky!Lord Zeus almost won it rubbishing both lol! but there is always a last emergency switch for the terminator even wn he is cut down to pieces!(& dhoni being the brain of this machine used it brilliantly).Tks India and England! 4give me for jumping up n down ,we rarely get these moments

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 23, 2013, 22:57 GMT)

Congrats team India, deserving champions. 7 wins out of 7 is no joke. England choked big time, 20 to get from 15 with 5 wickets and ending up loosing, Gary Kirsten, if you are watching, this is called a choke.

Posted by finix........... on (June 23, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

well well well..kudos to team india and especially to DHONI..wat a marvellous captain he is for India??India is blessed with this captain,,so thank GOD for him.. England is also lead very well by Cook,but difference came between him and Dhoni..

One must remember Dhoni has played this type of pressure finals in all 8 times(IPL,CL,WC,CT) as compared to Cook,who is playing first time..So beating Dhoni is nearly impossible for new guy playing his final as captain,,only ricky ponting could have challenged dhoni in this situation,as he is master for this as he hardly lost any finals.

but england for sure,,choked again like in 2004 CT finals,same happened over here..racing behind SA and SL for sure..three teams comes to mind where they choke in their lap and important one.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

Well done India and congratulations. England's timid and rigid approach to batting in one day cricket was always going to be their downfall at some point, and they can have no complaints. Glad the tournament is now finished and we can get on with the ultimate form of cricket, The Ashes.

Posted by yugandhar1786 on (June 23, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

@Slp Srinivas : wow wow wow what an analysis!!! come on its a challenge. go and get whichever team in the world you like. any time, any place, come and play against India with unlimited days format of test, if you would like. we will show you what winning is.... :D

What were you talking!! what do you think about the likes of Dravid, Laxman, Sachin, Sehwag doesn't have the technique!! that sounds quite foolish, I completely agree what Dhoni had told he didn't say technique is not required but he did stressed dealing with pressure situations and temperament, that's what today's Indian team does have. :)

I am not happy knowing the fact that my fellow Indian commenting in such manner. :(

Posted by SUNDHUR on (June 23, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

Congratulations to the Indian team! As Satish Kumar mentioned, Dhoni is the best captain India had to date and for that matter for any country having won the T20, ODI and Champions Trophy for India. People say he is lucky, but handling pressure, leadership and unique style of playing each format has won him glory than luck. No one is going to attribute Dhoni's failure to "bad luck" and would have demanded he drops his captaincy if he had lost all tournamens to date! So, success should also be deal with by the same logic and simply take "luck" from the equation!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

Batting first or second, Rain doing its best to stall India's progress, English bowlers are bowling at best in familiar conditions with cloud hovering over and India still fights its way through to win the chamipionship. India -you're the true and well deserving champion of the world in limited overs cricket.

Posted by cjscanada on (June 23, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

The groundsman did a fine job to allow us witness a fabulous game. I feel sorry for the English players and fans. In fact India was toast with 20 runs in 16 balls and Ishant bowling but it was not to be, I would put it due to Morgan's inexperience. England was also hard done by Bell's dismissal, he should have had the benefit of the stumping. England also erred on Bresnan selection. have noticed a lot of fair weather comments from the English fans. I would not have minded loosing to this English team as the intent was their for both, unforunately for the English they lost it towards the end. I am proud of this Indian team, they fought hard till the end and played the pressure situation very well. Dhoni inspite of Umesh bowling well persisted with an expensive Ishant and proved all of us wrong. Congrats to both team for performing well and I do hope we maintain a good healthy debate on this forum.

Posted by Abster911 on (June 23, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

It might be early days to say this -- but India should now try and build up on this into the upcoming tri-series and "comprehensively" win it... In other words, start the building of a team with an unbeatable "aura" around them and maintain it , like the 1st generation west indies side, n the 90s/00s Australian side.... teams should feel as if they r gonna play a freakin mammoth!

i really think this should be India's nxt aim. Each player must raise their game, in all conditions, both technically and psychologically - to the nxt level :D

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (June 23, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

Dhoni is the best Indian captain ever!! He has achieved more than Ganguly and 10dulkar could ever achieve in ODI. Winning is what counts, not your personal milestones.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

@front-foot lounge: You made me laugh with that statement "England finished on the top". England lost to srilanka and by luck they went ahead of srilanka in the group stage. India didn't lose a single match (including the warm up games) in the entire tournament. England is lucky to not to meet india in semi final. Otherwise, they wouldn't have reached semifinals. Look at Anderson bowling, Indian allrounders (not specialist batsmen) coming at no.7 could hit him for sixes. It was good that Anderson was taken off right in the beginning. He wouldn't have survived with Dhawan.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

MSD and his team pull it off from nowhere. India handled the pressure really well in the end and hats off to IPL where lot of close matches these players played for their respective franches under huge crowd that immensely helped for this Indian team.

Posted by umbuly on (June 23, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

Great match! I think Ashwin was more deserving of man of the match . He took 3 catches, 3 crucial wickets at the best economy and not to mention he bowled the crucial last over. Anyway, India has come out of a tournament without any criticisms aimed at under performance or selection issues in a long time now.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

18th over was given to Ishant, only M.S. Dhoni dare to do so :)

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

@Jay_N. Good question. Prior was perceived as someone who struggled in ODI cricket due to a lack of converted starts - I think he only managed 3 fifties in 80-odd games. Still, those figures as well as his wicketkeeping are better than Buttler's.

Prior was tried as a pinch-hitter but if he didn't manage to blaze away immediately, he tended to get bogged down. However, he is far stronger at rotating the strike and keeping good balls out than Buttler or Kieswetter.

Posted by balajik1968 on (June 23, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

I was watching for some time, but then switched of around the 6th over after yet another rain interruption. I just woke up to see this result. Well from what I read, India had the tougher part of the conditions, but did well to win. It's a shame there was no reserve day; it's a shame a good tournament had to be decided on a 20-20 basis, but I don't support the concept of a closed stadium. The weather has always been a part of cricket; it is what has made cricket this intriguing; to go for a roof will be silly. Front foot lunge; you never know what would have happened in a 50 over match; India would have changed their approach accordingly. Here they were playing a 20-20 with rain in the air, which handed Anderson a huge advantage. There were too many interruptions. All these favoured the bowling team; but overall the Indian team did well to do what they did. So don't gripe; England outplayed India in India; but India won this fair and square.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (June 23, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

The youngsters did it again!! This is what I was talking about - give the youngsters a chance - they are hungry to prove themselves. I can guarantee that had we played non-performing seniors like Sehwag, Gambhir and 10dulkar, we would have never won this trophy. One senior would score a century in the first game and do nothing for the rest of the tournament. Another senior would provide catch practice to opposite team's slip fielders. One senior would always play for his half century or century, irrespective of what the team needs. Perform or perish - no seniority quota.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 22:23 GMT)

India played well and deserved the win.

Posted by Jda123 on (June 23, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

Good win for India, England had it but threw it away...

India = #1 ODI but it wasn't long ago they went 2-1 to Pakistan and you could say the final game had some outside interfering...

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

Message from a Pakistani Supporter

Well Done India, You played brilliantly in this tournament and you deserve this title. Congratulations to Indian team and supporters .

Finally, this congratulations would be incomplete if Dhoni is not mentioned.Dhoni is a gem of a captain and he is a true leader. A great respect for such a great cricketer and captain.Love & Respect, all the way from Pakistan!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 23, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

So near yet so far..what a way to not get there. Cruising along with Ravi and Morgs there we had that in the palm of the hand-There was no need for either of those two to play those shots and what followed was just reactions to pressure. Or it was that that early overthrown boundary cost us a trophy. Okay INdia have been thrashing all comers so were the better side, but to be so near and yet so far is more than galling. I am sick as an aviary of parrots from that one. Sorry Indians. it is quite hard to find complete enthusiasm for your success but that was so blown!! Ravi proved one thing-he proved a lot of detractors wrong throughout. Well done to him today particularly,and the bowlers in general. and was Bell out? Sorry but I do not reckon. Re Prior-yes of course he would havge made a difference.better luck next time guys!

Posted by czar2008 on (June 23, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

Few personal observations - 1) IPL stars performed better!! - Including Morgan and Bopara!! 2) England lost this.. needing 20 from 15.. 3) Dhoni riding his super gut instinct and getting away with it(@ishant over!))! 4) Dhoni chaning the leg slip to the extra second slip 2 balls before cook gave his wicket away! 5) Well done @ Humble Dhawan for dedicating it to the people who have suffered in the floods 6) Felt sorry for cook. He was close to crying. England have played great, just were unlucky and not as calm under pressure as theyshould be perhaps.

Posted by santhoo24 on (June 23, 2013, 22:01 GMT)

Congrats to team India, a well deserved champions, and very well played England, the only team with a realistic chances of winning over India. Kudos to Captain Cool MSD, you made us Indians proud and won every global silverware there is.

Posted by WonkyBail on (June 23, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

When Dhonni gave Ishant another over I thought he was mad, but the batsmen wanted to win the game in his over before the spinners came back, he took a chance and it paid off. Nice to see all the tubby Indian fans rejoicing in the crowd, if England had of won in 20 overs it wouldn't of counted for a multitude of reason so I am happy it finished as it did, well done you lot I am genuinely pleased for you. Roll on the main course of Ashes cricket now the Hors d'Ĺ“uvre have gone off.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (June 23, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

A T20 game should not decide any ODI championship, let alone the last of these tournaments. I was hoping this would not happen early this morning but it did. A T20 game is too fickle, as one good innings from one batsman in a short period will determine the outcome. Another reason is that I thought India's chances are reduced if it became a T20 game. Anything less than 40 overs should be postponed to the next day.

@davetheclarinet, I agree with your comments. ICC bungled this one.

Congrats India for your play in this tournament!

Posted by terrifyingwarriors on (June 23, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Well done Team India. Its such a great sight to see them will all the major titles. Very Proud of M.S. Dhoni. This team looks like the best bunch around at the moment not just because of there Skills but how they mingle as a team and support each other. Am very delighted to see them so happy after the match. I see a very hard fought victory made it even more special for them. Very Very pleasing to see such a great team with a level a head caption. AWESOMENESS all around bleeding blues. I hope they keep up there good work.

Posted by threeslipsandagully on (June 23, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

It's easy to say that the incorrect decision on Bell's dismissal lost England the match, but really England ended up being outplayed. England's performance with the ball was by and large very good, but India's spinners bowled very well and England's lower order completely threw the match away in the last few overs, Buttler and Bresnan both standing out as having been out to foolish dismissals. It's great to see a tournament decided by a nail-biter like that, especially after coming so close to having no play at all. It's just a shame about the conduct of a few vocal members of the crowd, whose behaviour was absolutely unacceptable and has no place in cricket.

Posted by applethief on (June 23, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

So "snatch" has become "steal"? This is not an appropriate title! India were by far the team that played the best cricket in the tournament, there's no steal about it. And also, lol at Suresh Raina tweeting about the win - anyone know what his tournament average was?

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (June 23, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

At the start of 20 over match the only thing that came in my mind was that its injustice to both teams even if one of them win. A 50 over tournament should have all 50 overs otherwise what's the point and that too a final. I was less than satisfied with the match but since I am an Indian, the win and the post match celebrations seemed to have improved by satisfaction level. All teams in the tournaments had equal chance of winning and that was just great. Even a reduced match today did not fail to provide proper entertainment. Bopara came out of no where for us Indians.

Posted by kc69 on (June 23, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

As an Indian I'm so happy on India's victory as they were the deserving team to be crowned champions. But I'm not that satisfied because how can you make a 20-20 game decide the fate of a 50-50 tournament. Does this mean if any test match that is washed out for 4 days then make the final day as a 50-50 over game and get the result of a test match?. However Dhoni made some brave decisions in the match by not giving the 18th over to Yadav and not playing Irfan Pathan instead of Bhuvi(Knowing that this would come down to reduced overs). Pathan would have added an extra batsmen, better fielder and experienced bowler could have somewhat changed the equation of the game. Alas, Great to see so many Indian fans stayed back at the ground who finally got some entertainment for staying back.

Posted by PACERONE on (June 23, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

These games are too cramped together.Games are been decided by rules and regulations instead of good cricket.W.I vs S.A and now this game are not good for fans and the game.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

Well done India. Deserved winners. A really close final and that's good for those who waited and shivered. India have been consistently the best 50 over team for a few years and both on that and their performance in this series - deserved to win.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

It was a good game until the last ball swinging against each team.at the end the better team won. Not having a reserve day was a bummer. But England choked at the end with morgan and bopara there it was one way the English way. MSD and his team are the best 1 % least than his counterpart azarudin and his team. But as it stands MSD and his boys did a great job. the second most successful captain of all time. so keep up the goodwork TEAM INDIA CHAMPIONS OF ALL ICC TOURNAMENTS.


Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

Hats off to DHONI and really few logics works only for him... Not sure how a man can get almost every of his instincts correct.Undoubtedly he is the best Captain ever in Cricket History by far and he deservers to lift all the ICC Major trophies!!!

Posted by msdhoni123 on (June 23, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

After this match I came to a conclusion that MS Dhoni is the best captain in World Cricket has ever seen. Some may argue that Ricky Ponting had won more cups than Dhoni. But during those 3 world cups Ponting won he had nearly the same team. Gilly,Mcrath,Hayden,Symonds,Lee and so on. But so far Dhoni has won the Wc 2007, Asian Cup, 1st Test Ranking,2011 World Cup and now this cup. Team changes but the captain remained the same. What other captain would have guts to give to Ishant there worst bowler of the day. Dhoni trusts in his gut feeling and the way he had field placements. Normally Dhoni scores big on big match situation but today he failed but he made up for that with his captaincy. Take a bow. Best captain in world cricket. Im still waiting for comments from baseball-sucks

Posted by marlinspike on (June 23, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

This team is certainly better than the the one dominated by India's super-stars. These guys are relentless, and don't seem to give up. What's more, the selectors don't seem to mind giving people the boot when they don't perform, and that's a huge improvement from the past.

The best thing about this tournament for India, was that their fielding was arguably the best, and that is the first time I've ever been able to say that about India after an international tournament! Credit the IPL for that!

Posted by Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on (June 23, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

If critics like to call it a T20 Final Match instead of 50 Overs Match? So be it. India has proved that they are the most balanced side in the tournament with no defeat. England with one defeats deservingly the runner up in the league matches, and now runner up in the Final. We all know that India with its remarkable batting strength, and significantly improved bellowing arsenals are fully capable to defeat its opponent in the 50 Overs contest also. India has achieved this milestone with its al-around performance. Anyone interested to defeat a very balanced India at this stage, they need to have strong bowling and batting lineout; it wont work if a team is hesitant to play spinners or cannot put respectable total on the board.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

Congratulations India. Sadly, this final was an absolute farce. What tipped it ultimately in India's favour was that shocking decision given by the third umpire to rule Ian Bell stumped on next-to-no-evidence. Yes England didn't bowl particularly well (with the exception of Bopara), and yes England batted as badly as they did bowl (again, with the exception of Bopara), but if that shocker wasn't made, I think England would've won by three wickets.

I'm taking nothing away from India, they deserved to win. They've been unbeaten and their side has the perfect balance, but when you have absolute howlers like that decision, it really kills off the humility. That's bad for Cricket overall. A poor end to an otherwise pretty damn good tournament. The two best teams were in the final, just not necessarily the best umpires.

Posted by CurrynOz on (June 23, 2013, 21:32 GMT)


Just like your name.. Technique is bit over rated.. England probably have the most technically correct players but what are their achivements.. And why Anderson in these conditions. Bring him on in Indan condtons and then see how he s slaughtered all over the part. Don't beleve check his record specfically ODI recrord in India. He averages 48 !!Pathetic bowler.. I don't know how a bowler who averages 30+ is even compared remotely to Steyn.You lost so just shut up..

Posted by Nampally on (June 23, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

Congrats. India for a well deserved 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Whilst everyone was talking about a battle of England Bowling Vs. Indian batting, It was the Indian bowling that stole the Match. From 110 for 4 with just 20 runs needed to win off the 3 overs, it was the bowling that pulled it off for India. Ashwin had 2 for 6 off 3 overs! Despite Ishant Sharma being the most expensive bowler, he was the one that dismissed both Morgan & Bopara off successive balls to pull the rabbit out of the bag. It was heartening to see India fighting it out With "Never say Die" spirit. They had a gutsy fight back from 65 for 5 in 14 overs, mainly due to poor shot selection, to 129 for 7 in 20 overs. That alone gave India a chance to Win. Rain really hit India harder because of 3 breaks during their 20 overs whilst England had none. England had most helpful conditions for their 4 Seamers too. ICC should to have allowed for a "Rain day" for the crucial Final- 50 over ODI was reduced to shambolic T-20

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

@davetheclarinet I think India play better 50/50 then t20, I am glad you said India no doubt deserving champions. Not praising India coz i am one, but the way I look at it on this track if both team was to play 50/50 India would have won by big margin. reason India got spinners I am sure 25 to 28 overs Dhoni would have asked to all his spin bowlers and rest seamers. now with England they only had Tredwell, maybe root as well. still not enough on pitch turning square. ICC can't do nothing about English weather, even the rain god chose 20/20 over 50/50 lol.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

Well Done India !!!

IPL is still better than ICC...

the intensity does not EXIST in ICC tournaments no more

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

@davetheclarine - England were also T-20 World Champions. Then why do you think the situation was favorable to India only?

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

"Dhoni statement: They all handled the pressure really well, in international cricket people talk about technique but it's the ones that deal with the pressure"

People say ODI and T20 are 2 formats of cricket where teams can win cricket by handling pressure.

But Test cricket where technique plays very important role thats the reason india lost 4-0 to england 4-0 to Australia 2-1 to england at home which proves Indian team can handle pressure but do not have technique

Posted by Jay_N on (June 23, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

@Steve Back What I fail to understand is why England Doesn't play Matt Prior? Let alone his wicket keeping, he can just walk in as a batsman in any team.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

Hats off to DHONI and really few logics works only for him... Not sure how a man can get almost every of his instincts correct.Undoubtedly he is the best Captain ever in Cricket History by far and he deservers to lift all the ICC Major trophies!!!

Posted by Long-Leg on (June 23, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

I don't know if anyone noticed, but KP scored 177 in first class cricket today at Headingly. It was his first game back after injury. It kind of puts this tournament final into perspective I think.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

@davetheclarinet 50 overs format has always been this way when weather interrupts the game. It's better than sharing the trophy.

Posted by ansram on (June 23, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

You can't decide a 50 over match with a T20 match. It is like deciding a T20 with a super over. India would have won a 50 over match with much more ease, but this was still pathetic.

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 23, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

All my predictions have gone wrong . Tough luck England :(

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

The comments giving excuses for India's wins have started to come in now:-

Claim : - Toss :- England won toss and put India in. Indians were no good against Anderson. Fact :- Anderson - 4 overs 24 runs, that's run a ball. 4 overthrows, but that's the fielder's issue.

Claim :- Bell given our incorrectly stumped. Fact :- Decision made by 3rd umpire.

Now here are more facts :- 1. Trott was desperate to get runs before spinners came on. As it was evident, he would fail moment spinners are on.

2. Morgan and Bopara messed the chase which was under control big time. They never took the batting powerplay.

3. Butler-Bresnen-Broad-Tredwell could not get bat on ball except 1 Four by Broad. England's lower middle order when exposed, choked.

4. So called great England opener and captain bit the dust up front chasing 129.

With England not even able to chase 129, had India bowled first, India would not have had even 100 to chase.

Accept the fact that India won Champions Trophy 2013.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

@davetheclarinet India won t20 in 2007 and England in 2009......

Posted by 11-ICEMEN on (June 23, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

All you Dhoni bashers can go take a hike......Where's NYCMissile, Nampally & the rest of you....who didn't give India a chance under his Captaincy......Captain Cool & his boy's have answered you....Indian Cricket is in good hands....Winning & Losing is part of the game....and they aren't scared of losing.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (June 23, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

honestly india dservs it nd they showed d best per4mnce in dis trnamnt among these 8 teams, congratz

Posted by ThIrU88 on (June 23, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

@davetheclarinet you must be knowing that England also 20-20 champion..

Posted by SportsObserver on (June 23, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Well, after the controversies back home, India had to win this trophy at ANY COST. Now everything is back to being great, everybody will forget the IPL corruptions. Dhoni is again the cricket God. One question though, why have English pitches started to spin SQUARE? Does this have anything to do with the rise( monopoly is the better word) of one certain cricket board? Will we soon see all the fast and bouncy wickets gone from the world? Will any board be strong enough to stand upto BCCI?

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Batting first or second, Rain doing its best to stall India's progress, English bowlers are bowling at best in familiar conditions with cloud hovering over and India still fights its way through to win the chamipionship. India -you're the true and well deserving champion of the world in limited overs cricket.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (June 23, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

India is best.....nw next meaningless triseries

Posted by harshad31 on (June 23, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Come on ppl, this time is to Congratulate team India..thoroughly deserved to win..Ashwin was fantastic, while jadeja was outstanding..will not take away credit from virat who batted really well in testing conditions and giving our bowlers a score to defend..At one point i felt we were fielding with 15 fielders..rightly said by dhoni..1st time ever Bcci must have used money in right directions..a heartiest congratulations for team India..Enjoy the Moment !! Cheers !!

Posted by aplomb on (June 23, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

Dhoni's decision to give Ishant an over was not fluke but based on fine match judgement. Consider the match situation that time: Two set batsman, remaining power plays and less than 10 per over. You can't bowl out your spinner that over so either you could bring raina/kumar/yadav. Raina was not economical and so in pressure cooker situation you don't want part timer to bowl to two set batsmen. Both batsmen even play Jadeja better in his last over(12 run), who is bowling next over for you. So as a captain I would want wicket in this over. Now which bowler is most likely to give you wicket, I am not sure kumar is effective during last over (he has an off day as his standard). Between Yadav/Ishant, I would go for Ishant, main reason is : as a batsman you know spinners are doing very well and you want to left less run, so attack this over and wouldn't batsman would attack more if bowler is most expensive means highest wicket taking possibility and also keep in mind he is MoM in last match!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

Spinophobia did England in...20 needed odd 16 balls with 6 left in the hut should have been a piece of cake, but in their anxiety to leave as less as possible against the spinners, Morgan and Bopara played needless shots against Ishant and perished. And with Butler all at sea against Jadeja's first ball of v the next over, the rot had set in... Honestly, the turn extracted by the spinners at Edgbaston must have surprised even the Indians. England have to learn to teach their mercurial but brittle middle order to be more responsible if they are to win a title. You cannot always count on Cook, Bell and Trott to see you through every time. In the end, that's what separated the men from the boys... While the Indian middle and lower middle order stood up for the count, the English team's lower middle order gave away a sure win match and the Trophy on a platter...Well played India! Deserving winners... The only unbeaten side in the championship:)

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

So much for England's Preparation for the Champions Trophy and even Changing their Jersey colors for good luck ! In the end it was England's overconfidence that cost them the Champions Trophy, they had high hopes on Anderson and Bresnan putting the screw on the Indian batsmen towards the end of the game and Jadeja changed that in those two overs ! Well played India and a Good Victory considering scoring 129 runs.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

"Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 23, 2013, 20:01 GMT) In terms of the 50 over contest, England effectively finished top as they were the most complete team in the series.Dharwan has batted amazingly throughout the tournament but he looked all at sea here against Anderson Cook was best capt. From what we saw of the Indian batting, their technique outside the off stump was pretty awful."

Oh for heaven's sake, FFL, stop being a biased apologist. Let's just admit India were the best team in the tournament and were worthy winners. In several places you spell players wrong and miss out spaces.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

@davetheclarnet: what are you trying to make out? Not only India, even England are T20 champions and remeber that England won the toss, bowled 1st and controlled India to 130, came nearly to 20 required of 16 balls and still you complain? This is not at all fair.India are deserved champions. Added to that they are the 2011WC champions and have been ranked 1st in ICC rankings for over an year.

Well done Team Dhoni! Well done team India. Very happy!!

Posted by spot_on on (June 23, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Ask anybody who is a winner !!!!! May it be by an inch or a mile, a win is a win....

Like I said before and repeatedly said before ... Guys show some maturity and try not to use IFs, BUTs, COULD"VEs and WOULD'VEs ....

A match is not won until it's won. The one who holds on to their nerves and fight till the end deserve a victory. India deserved it at the end. True fighters... Cricinfo pls publish sensible comments..

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

it was also a 5 run victory

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 23, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

@SportsObserver am a member of Edgbaston warwickshire crick ... after the renovation made a few years ago .. the pitch has changed a lot and it supports spin a lot now. even cardiff and oval are the same.. all these grounds absolutely support spin. I think you shud enjoy good crick rather than thinking toooo much and bring conspiracy theories.

India played in bangladesh and all the countries have played in their host countries and final was in Mumbai along with semi... thats it.. what is ur point.. and pak was banned to host for obvious reason. If BCCI can control everything they would India get a white wash 8-0 in Aus and Eng.

Please enjoy good crick mate. cric info pls publish

Posted by anuprakir on (June 23, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

This letter is adressed to sport observer.

Your letter only indicates how stupid your observations are and how jealous you are of Indian success.1.India was hosting world cup and it is the right of host to chose venues at home ground and this has happened over the years in every world cup 2.you accuse India of manipulating pitches if spinners get wickets at out side venues.But you have not noticed the fact that fast bowelers played equal part in India's win in UK.What you were doing when Australia were winning everywhere,that means Australia was also manipulating pitches to suit its bowlers?3.You accuse Pakistani players of intentionally dropping Tendulkar's catches but what's about India loosing so many matches due to poor fielding and catching. If India is so powerful then how it lost badly last year in England and Australia and lost series to pakistan in one day's at home?

Open your eyes and recognise India as a rising force in international cricket

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 23, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

Some bitter English and neutral fans are now blaming the ICC for India winning the tournament. Now that's a joke because everybody wanted some cricket at the end of the day. I read many twitter comments on how some people wanted a T20 at least so that they could see how the English bowlers would supposedly blow India away and win the game. Well, guess what, the game is done and dusted now and India have won fair and square. So please provide credit where it is due. What a wonderful young team - INDIA. Now, they will travel to the Caribbean to win another trophy in a triangular competition and then would hope to boss Zimbabwe next month. The future looks exciting and promising.

Posted by Shan_Karthic on (June 23, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

@FrontFoot: Anderson took 1 wicket. 3 Indian bowlers took 2 wickets each. 3 Indian bowlers conceded at same RPO or less than Anderson's 6 RPO. 2 other Indian bowlers, including a part timer, ended with 19 off 3 overs which was just 1 run above 6 RPO.

Keep on dreaming what would have happened in a full 50-over game but if there had been no rain for 24 hours and if this was a full 50-over game, India would have probably won by 100 runs or more.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

Real test for any team is to play under pressure conditions and I am happy to say that this Indian team can play under the pressure.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 23, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

One thing I also noticed from India was a greater intensity level in the field.

Yes there are still some clumsy looking fielders but even just comparing the fielding on the highlights from the last ODIWC game vs England with today's game was how lazy some of the fielding looked - esp from some of the senior players. India have always had so much talent as you'd expect from such a hugely populated country where cricket is like a religion , but in the past I feel players have sometimes cruised and overrelied on their talent alone. These days they seem to have a greater work ethic to go with their talent which can only bode for a bright future if you're an Indian fan

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

A very close game indeed befitting a Final but a bit disappointing with the qualiyt of cricket especially with both sides missing chances. But given the weather conditions and last minute rush to get the game in, it was a indeed a worthy Final with India being the Worthy Winners!!

Hats off to the Indian team. 7 wins in a trot (including 2 warm-up games), wonder if any other team has replicated this in any other International Tournament. Relish the momemt. MSD and team because you are deserved Champions!!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

people once said dhoni got a team built by dada...dada is a legend and he changed the way indian cricket team played their matches...but now dhoni has all new team..only msd,raina and kohli were part of the team that won world cup for us..msd with his composure achieves what he is supposed to as part of his job..grt job captain and kudos to the team...special wishes to sir jadeja , rohit sharma and shikhar dhawan...all hail india..yaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Conragulation team India..!!!

Posted by usernames on (June 23, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

England should thank their stars this was only a 20 over match! Had it been 50, it'd have been a carnage--every single bowler would have been taken apart and the match would have been nowhere as close. Hell, we all know how good the English are against any kind of quality spin, so I'm not sure they would have survived those 50 overs anyways.

Anderson is a pedestrian bowler. Overhyped. India, on the other hand, have been dominant and won the tournament unbeaten; even the finals when the conditions were totally against them! Surely the best team in the world right now, by a mile, too!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

England have lost in a pakistani fashion. england really should have won the match, morgan and bopara were a bit unlucky to get out, jos butler played an absolute careless shot against india in his first ball. India had their fair share of luck this tournament.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

We have got new World Dominators you know what it's not Australia its India

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Proud to be an indian.!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

@davetheclarinet, I India are not world 20-20 champions, WI are. that said, I agree Icc should have had a reserve day for the final. This was indeed disappointing on the part of ICC

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

India true champions wow..!!!

We have caption cool..!!

Champions..!.!!!!india India India wow..!!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

After all the hassles that we fan met with while eagerly waiting for this final match I must admit that the fun was uploaded and made crisp as a return gift from the rain God and of course the ICC officials. I think this was a great contest between two great sides deserving to play the finals. In such games half chances can be converted into full benefit by the opposition and that's what India did. After winning the toss and containing India under 130, England could not capitalize on it. They got to blame themselves. They were in awe of this Indian team and only made it obvious in the pressure situations. So who is more deserving to become the Champion of Champions if not INDIA? Can simply say that England were caught at the wrong places and deserve to be the second team.Kudos to Dhoni for an interesting captaincy. It tested all. Lastly, the pitch and situations only just favoured the BRAVE. Proud to be a pure cricket supporter. May this magic go on despite the rains.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

I am happy bcoz India won this trophy by packing Lanka in the semi final

Posted by NP_NY on (June 23, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Not my lines, they wrere Gandhi's. And I didn't just accidentally find it. It was on Jadeja's profile page in cricinfo. And boy, has he lived up to this expression!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

@SportsObserver Well did u see the same turn in any other match? Yes the pitches were flat,but then it is easy for every batsman..not just for indian batsman. Btw Wats ur call on the t20 world cup in south africa which we won?the ball was swinging and bouncing there but according to u, BCCI asked south africa to make turning pitches..right? N BCCI asked srilanka to make turning pitches in srilanka when we beat them in their home. and we will beat west indies next u will say BCCI asked west indies to make turning pitches. Pessimists like you will keep on barking whatever happens. N btw dude u can never be a ''sports observer''

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

Dhoni's leadership hardly fails...... Kuudoosss MSD u r a real hero in Indian cricket. Keep up ur good job...

Posted by ObjectiveCricketism on (June 23, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Excellent win by India. This team can win more trophies.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Just one team from start to finish TEAM INDIA

Posted by JG2704 on (June 23, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge - India were the best side in the tournament and on the day - absolutely fair and square. I get annoyed when other fans use excuses for their defeats but like to think our fans are by and large gracious - if self critical. Bell's decision was marginal as was Broad's no ball decision the other day when England got the benefit of the doubt. On both occasions the likelihood is that the result would have gone the same way. Bell (as with all our batsmen) apart from Trott and Bopara/Morgan (after a while) looked scratchy.

Posted by Shaju.K on (June 23, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

The decision to bring Ishant Sharma repeatedly can't be justified on any ground, since bowlers with better economy were not used properly by Dhoni. It's not a wise decision of the captain, though Ishant claimed 2 wickets in the last over of his spell. All the 3.3 overs he wasted, and allowed England to bring themselves back into the game which was well tightened by the spinners. Had Dhoni withdrawn Ishant after his first over itself, India would have won the match more comfortably than this. At the end once again team India had to rely upon Dhoni's luck factor, which continues to reign...!!

Anyways congrats to Indian Team for winning another ICC title..!!!

Posted by SnowSnake on (June 23, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Congratulations India. Well played England. Unfortunately, it ended up being a 20-20 game and as unpredictable and close.

Posted by bobmartin on (June 23, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

England DID NOT lose a 50 over match... they lost an IPL format match, something at which the Indian team has far more experience, since it has become their national sport. And it's worth remembering that the win wasn't all that conclusive, despite one rather dubious umpiring decision that went in India's favour...and the ranting of an Indian TV commentator that it was a capitulation.. If there is one good thing to be said about this tournament, is that it is over we can now get back to some measured and relatively unbiased TV commentary for the rest of the cricket season...

Posted by reason-galore on (June 23, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

luck was on india's side in this match, no denying that... a bad decision and two moronic wickets of morgan and bopara turned the tide in india's favor. And the weather is pretty bad in england, ALWAYS... i hope there are no big icc events there in the future.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge So you're saying your team's CERTAIN win wasn't so CERTAIN. Because it included ifs and buts, England couldn't win. And stop boasting about Anderson, he is very very good and we all know it. But India won because India as a unit was better than England. However your ifs and buts should include if it was a 50-over match, what else could've happened

Posted by itsmyword on (June 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

for all those who have been attributing all of Dhoni's marvels to luck - high time you stop whining for your luck to strike & Go Get a Life! #dhoni #respect #ct2013

Posted by rockstar2013abc on (June 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Bravo team India!!!!!!take a bow players!!!!!India is the no. 1 ODI team in the world without any doubt.So all those fuss going on about India's success in this tournament due to bating second should be stopped now.Isn't it critics?Stop degrading other's wins.Once again Bravo India.......

Posted by davetheclarinet on (June 23, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

What an absolute joke. India are no doubt deserving tournament winners, BUT playing a 20/20 match to decide a 50 over tournament is just too pathetic for words. Would the rugby world cup final be decided by a game of sevens if there was weather intervention? Would Mo Farah run the 400 metres if there was an overrun on the schedule?

It was a reasonably good tournament until today, but the lack of sensitivity to the nuances and tempo of the 50 over format disrespects the overall offering of cricket. We already knew India were 20/20 world champions. If the ICC can't come up with a better solution to weather interruptions than this, then I suggest the 50 over format is consigned to history.

A bit disappointed in the result, but hugely disappointed that the game's administrators are so desperate not take a financial hit that they will short change the spectators and lovers of the sport in general. 20/20; 50 overs. They're different. The clue's in the name.

Posted by Radhe007 on (June 23, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

congrats India !! proud moment for us ..

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (June 23, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Congratulations India !! Deserved Champions....

Posted by Long-Leg on (June 23, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Well done India! It seems like the best team in the tournament came away with the trophy after all (and this is from an England fan). I suspect that the 20 over final was an advantage to India with all their IPL experience. But there is no sour grapes here. India played the best cricket throughout in alien conditions and deserved to win. I hope you will put the same energy and enthusiasm into test cricket and I look forward to the series next summer when you tour.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 23, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Can english fans please stop talking about 2011 now as well. The only thing england achieved that year was test number one but look how that turned out. India have now beaten england twice in ICC tournament finals in England so India definitely have the right to brag

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

"Not a single ICC trophy yet !" - well we did win the World Twenty20 in 2010, but I can't see us winning that again. With regards to the 50-over competitions, it's just not a strong suit of ours. I love watching it, as do many England fans, but this doesn't translate to performance. As I've said, we were fortunate to reach the final here. This format of cricket really is India's forte. They are simply awesome in one-day cricket. Dhawan looks to be a Virender Sehwag for the 2010s in-waiting.

Posted by 64blip on (June 23, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

An entertaining final to end to an entertaining tournament. Plenty of ifs and buts: it came down to the last ball (though I wasn't holding much hope of Tredwell smacking it for six) so you couldn't ask for more. Well played India, maybe just a bit cooler under pressure. Note for Alistair: remember the cameras are always watching; you had your head in your hands a bit early IMHO. You can tell your players what you thought about their shot selection in the privacy of the dressing room; when you're on the balcony it should be poker-face time.

Posted by Shwetabh on (June 23, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

Also it is interesting to know that India has now won the most world titles by any team in the history of cricket! 2 World cups, 2 Champions trophy, 1 World T20 and 1 B&H world Series!!

Posted by UmairKhanNiazi on (June 23, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

Congrats to team India, from Pakistan

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

correction ponting have done that way back,won all the icc trophies.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

Great work by India! Great Work Dhoni! Dhoni detractors (especially Indians) should take notice. This guy is special - give credit where it is due. Dhoni's leadership has been superb - he has inspired this young side by putting faith in the natural talent of his players.

Posted by shoaibazeem on (June 23, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

#Ct13 final two turning points:

1. Ishant Sharma's two huge wide balls in 18th over, this really unsettled the set batsman.

2. Excellent fielding (stop confirm 4) on thrid last ball of the match.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

india didn't steal the title. india won it.

Posted by analyseabhishek on (June 23, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

The 20 over match was never fair but boy, what a rollercoaster ride! Indians getting through with sheer dumb luck! England fans can justifiably claim about 2 dubious decision but then that's 20 over cricket for you- in the NZL match, Williamson was given out on what looked more likely a no ball from Broad! England also missed Pietersen for sure- he might just have brought in the confidence they needed- after all, he was one player part of the 2010 T20 winning squad!

Posted by sweet2hrme on (June 23, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

WELL PLAYED INDIA!! 20 runs required from 16 balls 6 wickets in hand hard to believe eng still lost the game. Eng came very close but its india who snatch the cup from england's hand. Very well played india but england cant digest this lost for a long time.

Posted by wake_up_india on (June 23, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

This team has demonstrated that, above all, it is a Team, not a collection of record collectors. Lets hope that the BCCI will keep faith with these and other similar players who have earned their places on the basis of current form.

Posted by deejay217 on (June 23, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung: My bad. Yes England did won an ICC trophy. Good for them !

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

Congratulations team India!!!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

I am reading comments by a variety of personality.... jubilant ones, sad ones, angry ones, delusional ones, I told u so kinds, jealous ones, delusional types and also some cynical... chill people India won... congrats to them. and Thank England for being a worth adversary... never saw such low scoring match to be such nerve wrecking...

Posted by Nutcutlet on (June 23, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

This was an excellent win for India. The best side throughout the competition, there was always the feeling that the greater experience of MS in captaining a side in a pressure situation would tell in the end. And so it proved. There was a sense of calm authority from the captain, a sense too that his young & exciting side trusted absolutely in his decision-making. That is not to say that Cook didn't captain competently, but I never had the feeling that he had things fully under control in the field, whilst MS was the master tactician in utilising his resouces. India responded by scoring big runs late on; England frankly seemed to buckle under the pressure in comparison as the overs slipped away. Eng's early batting just didn't do enough to make it easier for the mid & late mid-order. For the world of cricket it's very good to have a charismatic & winning Indian side, full of energy & joie de vivre. Many congratulations to them. England played to a formula & it just didn't work out.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 23, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

English fans can take consolation in the fact that England was lucky to even get to the finals in the first place. That and considering the fact that England does not have the talent and temperament to cross the final hurdle, India choked England, big time, to ensure victory. Plus, India has the coolest captain the world, past and present. Congrats Dhoni, India and the Indian fans rejoice yet again.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (June 23, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

How many times have we heard it throughout the tournament that India is winning just on their batting, the bowling is weak and the one day the batting fails will be the curtains. Proved them all wrong here. Super kudos to the Indian bowling attack. They made 129 look like 169. Wonderful stuff.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

India and MSD have all major cricketing trophies now.... Wow..

Posted by Preeteshd on (June 23, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

England should now accept that the over hyped English bowling was actually not that great after winning toss and putting India into bat. Apart from Anderson, they do not have a decent bowler at least in ODIs. Congrats to Team India.

Posted by zebango on (June 23, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

Am an India supporter and glad that India won; was a great game to watch--they won the trophy deservedly having won all the games before this but watching the game left me with a few open questions. 1) How does an English pitch turn square like the one in Edgbaston? 2) How was Ian Butler given OUT with such so much doubt whether his foot was in the air or grounded? 3) Why was the boundary given when there was doubt whether the boundary line was dragged by the fielder (Bresnan) without a second look? 4) Why was the match hours extended by 75 minutes even though the match between WI and South Africa was not?

Posted by vissu295 on (June 23, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

Great win by India under pressure. Both 50-over finals (WC 2011 and CT 2013) were won even when India lost the toss. Excellent all round performances from India throughout the tournament, probably barring the batting display in the 20 over final that got the stopped and re-started so many times.All the blame goes to Morgan and Bopara for choking at crucial times. England had their best chance to win a major 50 over tournament and they blew it in style.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

This victory takes me down the memory lane the 1985 Benson &Hedges cup India did not lose a single match than & the star performer Ravindra Jadeja same as Ravi Shastri than well played India & Congrats Captain Cool

Posted by Cuteboy07 on (June 23, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Great captainship is indeed and not to forget dhonis plan.. Best captain and young brigade proves that they are world champs without seniors..All hail Ipl ...

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Finally Rockstar Jadeja performed for india when it mattered the most .... GOod job by Gabbar {DHawan} too throught out the tournament ...... It completes the trophies dhoni could win i guess !! Good job team INDIA !! Proud Indian with smile on my face after the floods disasters !!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Mr.Cool devastated the controversies rolling around him with this great victory! Hats off dude!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

India and MSD have all major cricketing trophies now.... Wow..

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

India Cooks England and send them Trotting. Pressure was the Root problem for England.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

India gambled with Sharma and it paid off, it wasn't a sure thing that, Sharma was not in control and got lucky, but what happened immediately after showed that England lacked belief. Had Buttler and Bresnan not thrown it away England would have still made it. But England showed no belief in that crucial Jadeja and totally panicked. It all made Dhoni look like a genius that the cards fell his way , but if you hold your nerve the cookie crumbles your way.......more a game of poker than cricket....but India took the chips home for a change....

Posted by arnie66 on (June 23, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

Congrats, India. This is a good Indian side. Once Pujara is back from Injury, he should open with Dhawan in place of Rohit or Karthik. Ishant is useless and was lucky today. He's getting wickets only because every team knows that he is the weakest link. He should be replaced by Shammi Ahmed or Irfan Pathan.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

was there a man of the tournament award?

Posted by screamingeagle on (June 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Finally all those IPL games did count for something :D

Posted by Batmanindallas on (June 23, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

There were some pakistani fans who said India cannot bat first or face upto english attack. This young Indian team has legs to go further. Hopefully Ishant will get better with confidence behind after all he is still young even though he has been playing for awhile

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

cool comes after cook only in dictionary!! But capton COOL is ahead of captain COOK in international cricket!!!! Hail indian bowlers... This team played like world no 1 team..

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 23, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

Well played India. The best side undoubtedly won the tournament.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (June 23, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

@deejay217 - I guess T20 World Cup is not an ICC Trophy. Remind me what that trophy was? Yeah the same competition that India won a while back that in turn gave rise to the IPL....

Posted by Chetan007 on (June 23, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

It's very hard for a batsmen to get back the rhythm when gets interrupted twice. Also, when India was batting outfield was somewhat slow than when England were playing. Both the teams were out of their comfort zone. A 50 over contest was the real test but credit goes to India to hold their nerve till the end and were benefited with Champions Trophy

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

Great team and deserved to win the trophy.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

@gm47..u should never boast before the match is over,a lesson for you :P

Posted by saffaexile on (June 23, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

Well, as a South African fan I have to, rather cynically, say that if you are looking for a CHOKE, this is it. I was actually rooting for England to win because unless it is SA I will always back the underdog. It was there for England to win and they lost it in one over, just saying. Basically I think that, as has been said on this site by other people, every team is capable of choking the only difference between SA and England is that we actually have won a 50 over contest.

Posted by testcricket_lover on (June 23, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

Hahaha this is the England we know ..good In tests but an avg team in odi's.. Lost to newzealand at home..lost a series to India ...lost to srilanka in the league level..and got lucky against England...still long way to go for England in Odi's..

Congrats India..

Posted by jb633 on (June 23, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

Well played to India you deservedly won the tournament and this from a gutted England fan. The pitch did help you guys but I felt you had the attack to play on any given deck. Despite what some comments here suggest I think a 50 over game would have suited us more as our line up is not really destructive and we have better accumulators rather than hitters. I do still think India are the best ODI side in the world and they would have won the game regardless of where the games were played. Well played India. For England it was a good effort but I always felt our batting at some point would cost us a game. Just a shame it came in the final.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

@Kalaiya Bara: "finally the men in blue won the ICC last Champions Trophy 2013" - actually it might not be the last one. There's talk on other article of extending this format thanks to the size of crowds and the general atmosphere of the games. Just think, this took place in a country where cricket is not even the most popular sport (although it should be, in my opinion, I can't stand football and England have rubbish footballers) - it stands to reason that it might be even more successful in countries with much larger populations and higher proportion of cricket lovers. I don't think the ICC should terminate it - this event could kick-start a golden period for cricket worldwide.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

What a match..absolutely silenced the critics and the armchair experts here. SL this Pak that..no, its INDIA!!

Play hard, win hard..and dance hard..writing this while Indians dance to gangnam style. The disappointments of the england tour of India has been forgiven..this is the new INDIAN team!!

Now onto world domination for a long time.

Posted by Preeteshd on (June 23, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Sir Jadeja & Ashwin 'COOKED' England in England..

Posted by cheguramana on (June 23, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Team played above and beyond all expectations! Winning 7 matches in a row is no joke. Deserving. champions !!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 23, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Well they say SA are chokers but to choke in the final is surely worse than in other rounds. You could say England's chase was poor, but I prefer to give credit to the winners. They bowled well when their batsmen failed, they stayed calm under the leadership of Mr Cool himself and their experience in limited overs tournaments both international and domestic showed. I wanted the Yorkshire lads to win a world tournament and it's young Joe I feel most for, but apart from that I wasn't really fussed. India have played the best cricket.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 23, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

From the Indian fans in India to the Indian fans in the UK - Thanks for showing up, staying through the rains and supporting our team throughout the tournament. INDIA POWER!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 23, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Congratulations TEAM INDIA !!! Champions DO NOT depend on the toss or weather conditions to win. INDIA had everything against them. England bowled well, there was chillness and rain in the air. Yet, the BEST ODI team in the world played like true champions. These are my future heroes of India. As an Indian fan, I have never ever been proud and happier in my life. Hard luck England, you choked ! Well done my Indian boys !!! You have made the country proud and all your supporters glad beyond belief. Even our future in test cricket looks good with these young champions. We beat England on their own turf. Bring on the champagne friends !!

Posted by JG2704 on (June 23, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Well played India - fully deserved winners of the CT As for England - there were a few mistakes/turning points and who'd have thought the overthrow early on would prove so costly. Also felt that a shot early on which was given as a boundary to India was saved by Bres. Ironically I thought Bell was not out when given out and Broad out when given not out but neither looked like doing anything much I thought Trott looked the most accomplished for the brief time at the crease so his Wicket was a mini turning point and then the wickets of Morgan and Ravi followed by Jos losing his head again sealed the deal. Great strangling by the Indian spinners and as I said fully deserved winners PS - Still wonder if we should have tried the twin spin of Swann/Tredwell?

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

What a win !! Not to forget Ishant's two successive wickets . He made up for what he gave !

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

congrats India....a deserved tournement win, sadly tarnished by our abysmal 'summer' weather that ruined the competition IMO......For Eng,Morgan has to take a fair share of the blame for the batting failure, his dismissal was dreadful and there was no need to play such a daft shot............. Cynically though, a special mention for 3rd umpire Aleem Dar who sadly had a bit of a shocker, the stumping that should never have been, and the incredibly poor boundary call from Bresnan's fielding gifting an extra 2 runs to Indians.............Once again, Well played India, but England really should have won that!!

Posted by deejay217 on (June 23, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Spare a thought for England. Four ICC finals and all lost. Not a single ICC trophy yet !

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (June 23, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

CT becoms CL in the final.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

Jawad Hussain: "Better luck next time,,English team....!!"

Haha I don't think so, mate. I appreciate the thoughts but as I've said before, England is just not really a 50-over one-day nation - we don't even play 50-over domestic cricket anymore. Sometimes we'll be pretty good but we will never be quite the best team in the tournament. You can see it in the way we play - we are more traditional and adhesive rather than flashy and aggressive. Even en route to reaching the final here we have to admit we've been quite lucky: first drawn against one of the weakest Australian sides for years, just managing to edge out NZ but losing 7 for 30-odd in the process, and then fortunately getting to play a South African side without its star players like Kallis, Steyn, Morkel, Boucher, etc. Even more fortunately, South Africans like de Villiers had a real off-day on the pitch; they just weren't switched on at all.

Posted by fan_2_fans on (June 23, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

India won despite the disadvantage of losing the toss and frequent rain interruption during indias batting.India is the best.Congrats

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Funny how the word "imploded" is used when referring to the English run-chase. They had it pretty much in their sights, score 8 runs an over for 5 overs with more than enough wickets in hand...

When it happens to South Africa, they "choke" and the world comes to an end.

Plenty of teams are choking under pressure, and guess what, that is why they call it "pressure" and not "having a friggin picnic and a cup of tea".

So well played India, and better luck next time England, who choked.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 23, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Well played India. Fitting finale and deserving winners. Tough luck England but at least they put up a fight. When Dhoni give Ishant another bowl to complete his quota of 4 overs and Morgan hit a 6, I thought Eng. will reach their target with ease and either Sharma or Dhoni should be given the MoM award:-) However, while it was a risk, it turned out to be a master stroke from Dhoni as he got both Morgan and Bopara in back to back deliveries and followed it up with an excellent delivery to Bresnan. One cannot help but think that India would have romped home easily had it been a 50 over contest considering the turn the pitch was taking and how well India's spinners bowled. It is agonising for an Eng. fan to see us come this close and lose it yet again but such is life. At least, we only lost to the #1 ODI side. Well, looking forward to the Ashes now.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

fantastic team effort. hope this continues through out.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Excited to see India winning the CT. It's all because of IPL we found some quality players like Shikar,Dinesh,Buvi etc., Keep the good work buddies.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

Caption cool msd

Posted by sweet2hrme on (June 23, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

20 runs required from 16 balls 6 wickets in hand hard to believe eng still lost the game. Eng came very close to win but its india who snatch the victory and cup from england's hand. Very well played india but england cant digest this lost for a long time.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 23, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

In terms of the 50 over contest, England effectively finished top as they were the most complete team in the series.Dharwan has batted amazingly throughout the tournament but he looked all at sea here against Anderson Cook was best capt. From what we saw of the Indian batting, their technique outside the off stump was pretty awful. The stumping of Bell, when his foot was visibly grounded but given out, was the most controversial moment of the series by far, and was universally agreed by all commentators that this was the wrong decision. Eng managed to throw it away by losing middle order wickets as both the well-set Morgan and Bopara looked to take apart the tripe that Sharma was bowling. But India bowled to a good T20 strategy, so well played. Perhaps when these two teams make it through to the T20 final they should play a 50-over we would have got the chance to see Anderson bowling 10 overs in these conditions against this Indian batting line up. That would have been carnage!

Posted by sonicattack on (June 23, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

Congratulations India, managed to keep their nerve when England lost theirs. Inspired choice by Dhoni to bring back Sharma, but Morgan must still be kicking himself. Oh well, now onto the English summer's main event!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

well done India.our fielding has reached new level now.I never seen ashwin catching like this.jadeja is a revelation.his cameo against SA and today is exceptional. england fielding has been below par.India should improve in death bowling and ishant has to learn to be consistent. bold decision taken by selectors to send young team has paid off.including the warm up matches we have beaten every team in this tournament.I have never seen India playing a away series this emphatically. slowly we are improving our pace bowling.whoever commented about our bowling.pls talk now.england can't even chase a below par score against a poor bowling (as everyone refers) attack on their home soil is a real shame..world cricket be aware of this young n fearless Indian team.am happy for jadeja and dhawan both has proven everyone wrong and they have moved to next level.dhawan is damn good and as he says he has really understood his batting and mentally he his very strong now.kudos to team india

Posted by latecut_04 on (June 23, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

Congratulations Team India..you have done the country and fellow Indians proud beyond words.During the pre tournament posts I had posted here India will find it difficult to advance to knock out stages due to inadequacies in batting and bowling.I am eating the sweetest humble pie ever!!!!Today was the only day Indian batsmen struggled and bowlers bowled us out.Rohit Sharma's sublime batting,Jadeja's all round brilliance,DK's batting,Ishant coming good at crucial games ..all have been pleasant surprises for India.And we have been unbeaten throughout!!!Boys---Take a bow...I had marked Yadav as India's bowler and even he hasn't done too bad..is this the beginning of an era just like under Ganguly in 2000 Ct..(it was soon after match fixing scandal..)for the moment......enjoy the cup!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

kieranbob: "Buttler has had a terrible tournament with the bat."

Kieran, Buttler has had a terrible career with the bat, full stop. For Somerset he is carefree and confident. In England colours he is like a rabbit caught between two headlamps. He is nervous and twitchy in the international game. Bresnan too has been a failure. Even his List A record is unspectacular - he will never quite be good enough for the international level.

But this takes attention away from India's fantastic achievement. Well done, Indian friends, you've showed us and everyone else here how to play.

Posted by TSJ07 on (June 23, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

After the fall of 1st Eng wicket the way Trot started knocking few runs off the Indian fast bowlers, it showed that they were scared of Indian spin bowlers and were in hurry to score few runs before spinners come to bowl.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Awesome really well played India

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

ash jaddu and raina bowled well in helpful conditions and handled well by captain cool. all are super kings incidentally

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

real champ against all odds india win

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

I know that india will win easily... Now i think Shikar dhawan will be the man of the tournament..........

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

@captain tuk tuk.... England Team is not a team of babies..... They are well trained international team... so no team gets excuse... if they hav to win they have to be Best... India is far best than all...

Posted by am_raj on (June 23, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Every sports columnist / retired players were talking about untested indian middle order, but they have registered this win with testing their middle order successfully! Thanks to England bowlers for taking the top order wickets early!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Well that result was entirely expected. Fair play to India, they were the best team in the tournament by at least a kilometre.

As for my fellow England fans...well, did any of you expect anything different, honestly? Once we lost those early wickets, that was game over then and there since our middle order is frail, to put it kindly. Especially when in Jos Buttler we pretty much have a wasted battling slot - what is he averaging now, about 12? One good innings against NZ out of 13 or 14 is tailend standard. He needs to go back to Somerset.

I think although I really enjoyed this tournament and saw lots of fantastic cricket, it's easy to accept why England won't win them outright - in several tournaments we have been good but not the best team of the lot. We are improving but will never be the BEST one-day team. Even in this one, we reached the final but the overall performance is Played 5, won 3, lost 2. Hardly world-beating. A little bit of progress, nothing more.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Congratulations to all . Great , deserving victory. Something to celebrate after IPL mess.

Posted by fgrrfhghd on (June 23, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

England choked big time. 20 needed of 16 balls with 6 wickets in hand. No way India could come back!! England batsmen threw it away. Spare Bopara and Morgan.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Brilliant performance by Team India....True Champions

Posted by TESTnT20 on (June 23, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

this is why I like T20 most! Thriller!! no other match in this tournament has created minimam THRILL. Eng vs NZ match was close as it was close to T20 (24 over).

Posted by TSJ07 on (June 23, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

omg!! I never thought India would pull it off from such low score but bowlers bowled superbly to continue their good work in this series(no matter what others say abt Indian bowling). Hats off to every Indian player to have won all the matches and all one sided except final which would have been had it been total 50 overs match.It also shows that except Aus and India no other team has a habit of winning ICC ODI trophies.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (June 23, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Well Done India. Everyone would agree India deserve it. Everyone would agree it is worthy win. Worthier than the WC win.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

INDIA!! You beauty!! all haters do post your reasons!!

Posted by I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on (June 23, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

congrats India ! No words to express this...keep winning :-)

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Well done india,what a match.we deserve it.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Well done Team India. love you

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

Congrats team India.... But why Ishant was given that eventful 18th over eventhough he went for 27 in his first 3. That move from Dhoni almost misfired but not for nothing this man is called -"The man with midas touch!" Hats of team india for 7 wins out of 7(including warm ups)... Hats of to the captain cool for his weird but smart moves...

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

well played england but this indian team is of different material...

Posted by NP_NY on (June 23, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: Our turn mate. WE WON, no matter what excuses you make. 7 wins out of 7 matches in one tournament by this young Indian side. Can anyone beat that?!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Really great work done by India supported well by panicked English side. They could have done it easily with Bopara and Morgen but end of the day winning habit allows India to dust English side

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (June 23, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Congrats to India .The no 1 team has won In tough conditions losing the toss ,rather than cribbing they fought hard and won. Eng were on course but what master captaincy from Dhoni to bring Ishant. Great team and great leader .IPL has improved the feilding . Best batsman and bowler were also Indians. Keep it up guys.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 23, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@MartinC: Thanks Martin, that is very big of you. In fairness to England, no one expected the wicket to turn square like it did. Anyway, look forward to more close matches between these top two teams in the next few years.

Posted by mar2000 on (June 23, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

A low scoring game , with the same result . INDIA VICTORY. thank for not going to the D/L system .

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Now, that is work of true champions, way to go INDIA!!! In the midway through the game, I thought we lost finals, but the bowlers had other plans, they pulled off an unbelievable win, excellent fielding added value to the exceptional bowling...

Posted by loke_cricfan on (June 23, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Absolute cracker of the match!!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

So India have now won the World T20, the World Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy 20/50. They were clearly the most consistent team in this tournament. This was the only match where their batting struggled and their bowlers bailed them out!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

no red, no green finally the men in blue won the ICC last Champions Trophy 2013

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

Well played Dhawan throughout the tourney

Posted by Tribal_Cricket on (June 23, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

This is what separates a champion team from others. Shortened match, rain interrupting India's innings, they lost the toss, India had an off day with the bat and they still beat England in their home. Proud of team India!

Let the excuses flow now :P

Posted by Mayan820 on (June 23, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

I was eating pop corn with England on their way to victory, but choked on it when they lost 5 wickets in double quick time to lose the match!

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (June 23, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

India for the first time in the tournament looked vulnerable. They still came out on top. England really lost it from a winning position. India would've found this victory sweeter because they didn't score much and they had to really fight to defend the score.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

Well played India, Many Congrats to all Indian supporters.. Better luck next time,,English team....!!

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (June 23, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Well played India England after this fielding and Batting surely don't deserved to win Champions Trophy at-least more deserving team have won it!!! 4 over throws of Anderson's over, cath of Kholi by Trot and batting power play wasted by Bhopara and Morgan, so many blunders by England.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 23, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

This victory ranks right up there with India's T20 World Cup. India beat every nation they played. TOTAL DOMINANCE.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

The best team won- England imploded- but India made their own luck in the end! India was by far the best team in this tournament- a real steamroller!

Posted by kieranbob on (June 23, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Buttler has had a terrible tournament with the bat.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

What a scorcher of a game! Dhoni is truly Captain Cool!! Congratulations team India.

Posted by Natesan333 on (June 23, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

I thought the two teams were equally matched, and obviously England had the home field advantage and also winning the toss in this type of condition. However India I think is just battle hardened (thanks in part to IPL), and that gave them the edge at the end.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 23, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

7 wins out of 7 games (including the warm-ups). And they say India cannot win games outside the sub-continent. Doubters, stop hallucinating. :)

Posted by darsh127 on (June 23, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

India was excellent. Chakde India.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 23, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

It's a shame to have a 50-over tournament decided by a 20-over game but it's better than no game at all. Congratulations to India on a game and tournament well played. The game was close but they were the team that held their nerve at the end and they are deserved winners. England had their chances and they will no doubt rue those overthrows and dropped catches. They probably ought to have taken the batting powerplay when Morgan and Bopara were set but a few poor shots from England and some tight bowling from India towards the end was enough. England needed one more contribution but it wasn't forthcoming. They were outplayed and they lost.

Posted by Abitha on (June 23, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

Great win India I lost my hope the way Morga and Bopara played. Persisting with Ishant paid off though he leaked runs MOM Ashwin for three catches and TWO wickets. CONGRATS TEAM INDIA PHOENIX. Kashinath

Posted by popvaels on (June 23, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

India Out smarted England in all the departement Batting, Bowling and Fielding !!!! England had no chance India are the True champions.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

great show indians.. kudos dhoni and team.. A very result for the whole spectators who have stood by the teams to see off a spectacular match. good from ICC to give additional time for match to be completed

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Really cool!!

Posted by warneshane on (June 23, 2013, 19:37 GMT)


IND win

Butler 10 balls 90

Posted by kpisa---- on (June 23, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

As an England supporter I am gutted with that result, but well done to india, certainly the best team in the tournament.

What I will say though is that I hope all those English supporters laughing at South Africa choking under pressure keep quiet now as what we have just witnessed from England may be one of the biggest chokes of all time!

Posted by C00lguy on (June 23, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Sorry, correction guys, Dhoni tried hos best giving Ishant the over and he exceeded his expectations !!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

England, you are not destined to win a global 50 wicket tournament.!!

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 23, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

india winssssssss. get that right. india is best batting as well as bowling unit now. well done dhoni and co

Posted by duncanmoo on (June 23, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Agreed Ishant should not have been given those overs, but perhaps Dhoni was supporting Bopara like me, what a man of the match it would have been! Other than Bopara I was supporting India of course because I am an SA fan, and England, even without KP, is the team I dislike the most.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 23, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

England won the TOSS and still LOST...It's more of a CHOKE, really.

Posted by applethief on (June 23, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Why does the title say that India "snatch" the trophy? Unlike other tournaments where there can be endless debate on the validity of the the pathway to victory, I don't think there can be any doubt that the team that played the best cricket won this tournament, India were on top from the first game to the last

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

what a nailbiter!!!! congratualtions !!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Congrats India.My prediction was on the spot.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (June 23, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

whoever wins the toss, no matter how many stops there are while batting. Good teams will find a way to win. Proud of you guys woooooo

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Take this u all Indian hater's thats the way u handle pressure n win games.....

Posted by MartinC on (June 23, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Congratulations to India from an England fan - excellent bowling and fielding performance . Shame it was not the full 50 overs but to be fair India looked the best team in the tournament and are worthy winners.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

yes all the comments about all the nuisance involved in organising this event may be true but the matches like these are real test for cricketers to review their standards and to see how capable they are in handling the pressure... For that Hats Off to Dhoni for leading the team BRAVELY and keeping the morale of the team high.....

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 23, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

If India pull this one off, Jadeja will redeem himself from the horror of the T20 World Cup. He deserves it.

Posted by the_blue_android on (June 23, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

True Champions don't need favorable conditions. If India had batted second, they would have won the game in 15 overs with 2 wickets down.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

looks like the Rain blessed India.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Dhony trying his best to lose the game by giving Ishant overs despite bad performance

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

can't understand why ishant non.noooooo

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 23, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

When was the last time Bopara really, really hurt the opposition?? India will remember him.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Bopara man of match

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Guys all knows thats if it was a 50-50 match who would hav won.. Its obviously India... 250 was more than enough to handle Eng... now the rain had played its part, which had definitely affected the Indian Batsmen's morale... but our bowlers are doing their job well... If it was not a 20-20, the match would hav been one sided... now atleast this match is turning into a last ball thriller.....

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

bopara rocks


Posted by arnie66 on (June 23, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Again Ishant Sharma spoils it for India. Why is he in the team when he's the weakest bowler (even weaker than Raina)? Further Irfan Pathan and Shammi Ahmed does not get a turn but he keeps getting umpteen chances...Throw Ishant out and bring some other bowler into the side

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Morgan rocks Fantastic reverse sweep

Posted by duncanmoo on (June 23, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Perhaps because he comes out to SA and plays for the Dolphins but I rate Bopara and I am so pleased to see him perform well3 wickets at 5 per over! Now to turn in an equivalent batting performance!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Indians breaks are working too fine to put breaks to Eng's runs...We are really proud of Indian bowling attack after long long time... And spinners being the major impact points and very very happy to see 140's from Indian pacers again...

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

is this boparas day or will dhoni remove his pads and bowl India to vic

Posted by gm47 on (June 23, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

@ Maheswaran Ram on (June 23, 2013, 18:07 GMT) actuallu the score India made is 130 and not 129 since aswin out in the second run hope they will add the runs

Obviously you weren't paying attention the run WAS added !!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

But that lightening stumping is not out actually. Not a fair decisuon

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 23, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

From what we saw of the Indian batting, their technique outside the off stump was awful. Dharwan looked pretty average against Anderson. It has to be said that Jimmy only really conceded roughly 10 genuine runs off his bowling, when you take into account the crazy overthrows from Bresnan in the 3rd over, and the fact that the Indian openers could only inside-nick him for runs. The ICC should have scheduled a second day for this final, so that both teams could have played a 50 over game, and we would have got the chance to see Anderson bowling 10 overs in these conditions against this Indian batting line up. That would have been carnage. England, especially bowling first, then would have won easily.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

That stumping was not faiir

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

gone!!!! dhoni quick as a lightening... england 4 down!!!!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (June 23, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

129 is a fighting total on this pitch for a T20 match. It all depends on India's bowlers. Every bowler will have to do his part - there's no place to hide. This is a real test for Ishant Sharma - can he be a leader like Zak? If not, it's time to discard him and give a chance to promising youngsters like Shami Ahmed, Mohit Sharma, etc.

Posted by bootlicker on (June 23, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

There is no question. You win the toss, you will win the match. This is England.

India escaped from SriLanka and won the match because they won the toss Today the other way round The actual fact is the most competitive team in this tournament is Srilanka because they lost the toss and managed to win a high scoring match.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 23, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

@MaruthuDelft: "Unfortunately India is not a good batting side outside India" And you determined that based on a rain affected stop-and-go 20-20 turned 50 over match where they lost the toss? What about the other six matches, you don't think they were played outside India?

Posted by Shan156 on (June 23, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Will the Warwickshire duo see England through to their maiden ODI global title? Yadav is bowling well. I though B.Kumar bowled a great first over but an ordinary second. A lot depends on how Ishant bowls but the key is Jadeja (and Ashwin to some extent).

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

actuallu the score India made is 130 and not 129 since aswin out in the second run hope they will add the runs

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 23, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Cook can't see the ball it's so dark. This is all getting a bit silly, but well bowled Yadev nonetheless. @samincolumbia: Would these be the same 'one dimensional bowlers' who took you apart in India recently? Anderson is considered the most skillful flat-deck or green top specialist in the world, Dhoni himself said he 'was the difference between the sides' in the recent Indian series. A lot has changed in world cricket since 1999 my friend.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (June 23, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Unfortunately India is still not very good at batting outside India. Kartik, Raina and Dhoni were on a parade. This happened against Bopara and Tredwell. At least one of them should have fired. India is still not very good.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Choosing England to host anything without reserve dates..my dog makes better decisions than that.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

this final is going to be a thriller... i just hope bhuvi clicks for india... a few quick wickets and india will be back in the game...

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 23, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

I have no idea why I am seeing this poor quality cricket and have not already switched off my TV. May be just because it is what is on TV. I do not mind the strong India batting crumbling to 129 for 7, if it comes on the back of some outstanding bowling. Here the batsmen just had to throw their bat at everything. Worst Final I have seen in my 28 years on earth. I hope India win from here, and not let ICC and ECB pat their backs on a "great" CT13.

Posted by smartcrick on (June 23, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

icc horrible decision.....revised score should have been done out here...

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

good cameo from jadeja and kohli. now at least there is a reasonable score for indian bowlers.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Great job by Ricado Powel and his co-host -------kep it up Guys USA watching

Posted by MartinC on (June 23, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

@samincolumbia - one dimensional England bowlers? How did we manage to win the Test series in India again? We won 2 of the 5 ODIs as well in that series. It IS a shame it's not a full 50 over game but it is what it is and it's the same format for both teams.

Advathage England after the Indian innings - but India have em and we have to get em.

Posted by smartcrick on (June 23, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

with 2 stoppage....India score should have been revised.....if its not done, then it is horrible from ICC point view.....

Posted by gm47 on (June 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

I see Indian fans already have started with their excuses and the game is only half way through. I wonder if they will say the same thing if India win ??

I guess if England win it will be because of weather/ball/wicket/the venue/ .... take your pick :)

Posted by NP_NY on (June 23, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

20-20 is a lotter but 129 is not a winning score. It takes a lot of hard work when you are put into bat in tough conditions. And then the rain interruptions made it very difficult to concentrate. It is a pity that a Champions trophy finals had to end like this. But to us Indian fans, no matter what happens in this match, we can't be more proud of the Indian team.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

to describe today indian weak batting side and there luck in the tournament were badly exposed , the team batting side was in tatters.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

1 solution for India:

Get the best batsmen from the England side out in a jiffy

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 23, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Some low quality cricket on display. That is what you typically get in a 20-over match. That is why international teams must not play T20s. It promotes mediocre cricket.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 23, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

People call Bopara the weak link in the Eng. attack. IMO, it is Bresnan. Why would Eng. want to pick Bresnan when we have Finn. As expected, he is spraying the ball all over the place and has managed to undo all the hard work done by others. Pathetic selection.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Rain helped to England to put India to a short Total...

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

its game over India.... only a miracle can same them now... guess the rain Gods also wanted England t win... njoi England fans.....

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 23, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Raina and Dhoni's wickets are proofs of why T20 is not serious cricket. This match after being reduced to 20 overs, has killed the possibility of seeing "real" cricket. Good players need time to settle time and then build their innings and dig their teams out of holes. Cricket is not just about 4s/6s. T20 should be left to domestic leagues. International cricket is serious cricket and the more established players should not be sucked into the frivolous 20 over cricket. Kids on the street play 20-over cricket.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

20-20 what a joke...

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

England must be win such a good position right now!!

Posted by Pyketts on (June 23, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Do feel sorry for India here, it must be so hard to bat in these conditions.

There should be a reserve day for the final but suggest it's probably as a result of the Indian obsession with the IPL and the English obsession with the Ashes meaning there isn't time in the schedules (although what difference one day would make I don't know).

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

It's better to call it a T20 match

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

If its converted to a 20/20 in all fairness Captains should be allowed to change teams.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Are India and England playing against the Rain? Lots of exercise for the umpires as well as for the terrific ground staff. Appreciated the work done by the ground staff. Its Raining heavily for 8 hrs and delightful to watch the amazing work done by the groundstaff. Hovercraft is on and off the pitch and there is no reserve day for any of the game for this ICC tournament. It's still so gloomy and umpires are running out of time. It's 5.37PM here in Edgbaston and 34 overs in less than 3 hrs. Good luck to both of the teams. Just want to see the good, quality cricket. Doesn't matter who will be the Winner.

Posted by mar2000 on (June 23, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Winning the toss crucial . D/L again ???

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 23, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

@Front foot lunge - It's India and not England that is the BEST team in the tournamet and that too by a long shot. Everyone knows England's record in multi national tournaments. England has been hugely lucky to get to the final, not to mention the cloud cover and rain, which is only when England's one dimensional bowlers can take wickets.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

there's another interuption of nature but it'd be nice to see there is good eford of groundmen&EBC for provided that like fasilities. theres fantastics to see when out &go for a huse its marvales . bating in these like condition is vaty good. good luck both.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (June 23, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Retractable roof on a cricket ground are you people serious, how can anyone compare a hockey pitch with a pitch the size of say The Oval, and it would have to be in all countries that are rain affected not just England ie. SL, NZ, WI, SA for starters- who is going to pay for these massive costs. Agreed all tournaments should have reserve days, but the calendar is tight due to fixtures especially meaningless bi-lateral, tri-lateral ones and of course the need for such a long IPL window to cater for the masses of 'cricket fans'.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (June 23, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge "England may have been denied the chance to rubber-stamp the fact they've been the best team this series" LoL. They may hold edge in the final due to the conditions but to say that hey have been denied the chance to rubber stamp is over the board given that they barely won against NZ and lost to SL in the league.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

ICC could have chosen some different country to conduct this important event.

Posted by Redken on (June 23, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Despite the climate England is the best place to hold such a tournament. The crowds have been tremendous especially in games involving India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However you have to have reserve days not only but especially for the final. If every match had been given a reserve day every single game would have been completed . The answer stop scheduling meaningless 20/20 tripe and cut the number of non tournament one day internationals

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Is this really happening ? Hopes and heartbreaks every now and then. O rain God please stop the teasers. I would rather see India lose than sharing the trophy due to non commencement of the Final match. Please ICC reserve a day in future for these kind of tournaments - From a disheartened fan.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 23, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Complete waste of a day. The brave ground staff should be sent to Kedarnath, India, to help in flash flood relief operations. At least they will save a couple of 100 real lives, instead of mopping water off a ground never the heavens are pouring more and more water.

Posted by JustIPL on (June 23, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

Weather impact is a natural part of the the game of cricket so please dont use loose words as rains are so important to keep our lives running. Awlays dreaming is not a good idea as we face various factors in our real lives. Also not fair criticising timing of the tournament when we ask for IPL window ahead of ICC CT.

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 23, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Looks like we might get some play after all, which is good news. Fancy the shorter game will negate any benefit Cooky got from winning the toss so you'd have to say India are strong strong favourites. Still, I'd rather lose to the better side than share a trophy undeservedly. India have won more matches than us this tournament, and the only way we deserve the trophy would be if we inflict their first defeat (I doubt we will, though). In future, even if reserve days can't be put in place because of the scheduling, the rules need to be changed so that the team with the better win-loss record for the tournament (ignoring no result points) gets the trophy.

@cpt.meanster Historically it's statistically as likely to rain in September as June, and my own observations having lived here my whole life is that September tends to be wetter. Recently that's all been turned upside down, but then that's Climate Change for you. Reserve days should have been scheduled, though, especially for a final.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 23, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Let's hope we get a full 40 overs in. If we don't, then we can say at least the ground-staff tried to get a game on. In reality though, this is a insufficient way to decide the winner of a 50 over contest. At 20 overs a side, it's anyone's game. England may have been denied the chance to rubber-stamp the fact they've been the best team this series, but they still hold the edge. Both teams can smell the trophy. Let's hope for a good game.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (June 23, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

@CptMeanster: I sort of know what you're saying, but it has been said many times before: the UK doesn't have seasons with an identifiable climate for each; it just has weather all through the12 months. Last year's cricketing weather was dire from April to September. As to your other point, about the laziness & stupidity of not having a reserve day -- I agree absolutely. The reputation for the ICC continues to sink so far it's now approaching the main drain. To make our point absolutely clear-- let's suppose a father who loves the game has taken his son & daughter (oh, so important that his daughter goes along as well. I hope I heard a resounding Hear! Hear! from the cricketing world) to this final AND it's their first experience of attending a top match & the day is wasted... What, ICC, will have be gained by way of winning future enthusiasts? Where will you have failed? What could you have done about it? In 2013 inertia is often reprehensible!

Posted by BP010001110 on (June 23, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

The ICC has planned so poorly, in England this is start of summer so there's no reason not to host the tournament here, however because of the conditions it should have planned reserve days because you can never be sure. Instead there are meaning less T20 for England vs New Zealand scheduled 2 days after which could have easily been scheduled as the reserve day how ridiculous is this!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

@Optic: Woah, you don't even know me, yet, you call me a troll. You have the answer to your question in your own last sentence. In Canada, our hockey games need roofs because we are smart enough to know that it is the only way to play the sport due to its obvious limitations. You may also call it common sense. Similarly, cricket can be played without roofs BUT rain could also play spoilsport which is exactly what's happening today. In such an event, it only takes good old common sense to prevail again and have a re-schedule of the itinerary OR have retractable roofs in stadiums to counter the weather. In Canada, we DO NOT share the trophy. We always have a winner. Look at it however you like. I just told my friend that the cricket final was about to be shared and he let out the biggest laughter of his life. Now that can only happen in cricket. Peace.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Match down to T20. India will surely start as favourites if at all match starts. Lets hope some action

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 23, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

@Optic: Well you have an answer right in front of you. In Canada, we have roofs for most of our sports because we are smart enough to understand the limitations associated with our games. Take our baseball for example, the Toronto Bluejays and the Montreal Expos before that all have/had retractable roofs to compensate for the rain. What has cricket in the UK done to address that issue ? This is not about being anti-English, but about being sensible. Sure, the weather is unpredictable but intelligence should be consistent. We are humans with six senses after all. I don't need to say anything more. England or India, it's time for roofs at cricket games. No body said it better than KP last week. BTW, hockey > cricket any day !

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (June 23, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Looks like we won't get a match today and the trophy will be shared. Ridiculous really. Poor scheduling by the ICC. If you had to have it in England, it should've been at a suitable time of the year. Sadly, this poor sense of planning will continue come the ICC 50-over World Cup in 2019 which will be played in England at this time of the year. Would be fantastic if we get our first-ever joint winners of the World Cup. ...not.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

very sad. second time,same situation for india. The trophy deserves for india. only 4 india

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

England the worst place to play cricket,,, Rain through out the year... India is unfortunate, maybe 2nd time India will have to share the Champions Trophy

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Is this the right venue to host international matches , why cant this be an even contest why is it so unfair for all viewers .is really frustrating sitting in front of television and watching rain pouring down and finally we might be watching a really unfair one sided contest beacuse of the weather condition be it india or england the match is decided at the toss - ICC is this fair?

Posted by Collegefastbowler on (June 23, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Considering the green pitch and overcast conditions Irfan Pathan should have come in for Ashvin. In the last match with SL, Dhoni had to bowl medium pace as the fourth seamer but Irfan could do that role better. Besides he is a batsman too.

Posted by JustIPL on (June 23, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

Good to bring Bresnan as he will aim at toes while Anderson and Broad aim the head. Let the match start and england will have a feast.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 23, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

I see we have a mixture of genuine cricket fans and the others who are in unison on their views. It's looking increasingly likely that we'll have no result and the trophy being shared. This is absolutely farcical not to have a reserve day. Even in domestic cups I'm sure we've had reserve days in the past for finals and in the past - and that was when our domestic teams used to cram many more games into the summer. The reason is that Eng have a T20 series vs NZ starting on Tuesday. Botham said on Sky that they could have scheduled the 2 semis to both take part on Thursday and the final for Saturday , but why not schedule for the 1st NZ T20 for Weds and the 2nd for Fri? We can't do anything about the weather here so Eng should not be banned from staging such events because of the weather. But I can't defend lack of foresight and shoddy organisation. Sorry for the paying fans (esp any Indian fans who have travelled) and think )if no play) they should award it to India

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 23, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Well, perhaps England could host such tournaments in the future. But, WHY host it at this time of the year. Having visited the UK many times in the past, I know for sure that it rains in May, June, and July. This tournament could have been held following the Ashes sometime in September when it is much drier. It would be such a massive shame for the final to get rained off because of laziness and stupidity on the part of officials and organizers. The fans deserve something after so much anticipation and excitement.

Posted by Tribal_Cricket on (June 23, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Looks like there is going to be a match after all. So England may have to wait a few more years to won their 1st ever ODI trophy. Only difference is that this time its going to be in a shortened match.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

ICC should be squarely be blamed for poor planning of the tournament as a result most of the games where affected by the rains. It is so frustrating to cricket fans all over the globe.

Posted by Dark.Matter on (June 23, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

I think it's England's day today. Today will be the real test of the Indian batting. They would have to overcome swing and seam.

Posted by Optic on (June 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@Vivek Singh Plese tell me you're joking, because surely no one is that stupd. You think when the CT was announced in England over a year ago that the ECB knew it was going to rain today. Some of the comments about England not hosting a cricket tournament are pathetic but about par for the sub continent lot. The fact is the tournament held in England has brought some importance back to the CT because it's been such a success, with just about every game packed out with fans from all the countries.

@Cpt.Meanster I knew you'd be front and center with you're anti England rubbish, you're nothing more than a troll bud. England have hosted lots of tournaments and ALL have been successful, can other countries say that. LOL did you really say you are proud of you're sporting heritage because you have roofs, seriously it would be hard to pay ice hockey without one would it.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: You cannot possibly say that England are being denied a CERTAIN victory. Besides Jimmy Anderson, there's is no LETHAL bowler in England's pace attack. Besdes that, Ravindra Jadeja has nearly as many wickets as Jimmy, Dhawan and Rohit are consistently scoring above 50 for the first wicket and India haven't lost a single match throughout the tournament. The icing on the cake? They've won all matches comprehensively. Now...please don't say England are being denied a certain victory. Thank you.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, India is better team than England in this competition and also they are the world champions.In Recet Times, England have not reached finals in any of the major ICC tournaments.England ODi team is outplayed by New Zealand in recent ODi series.when compare to captains,M S Dhoni is better than any other captain in world cricket so comparing M S Dhoni with any other captains is utter waste.

Posted by sents2013 on (June 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Please change the venue next time, if one match is affected by rain, its okay. But most of the matches, Please host the matches at right venues at the right time. Rain is expected at England at this time, so don't say it happens.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

It is a eerie coincidence that whenever India is in the final of the Champions Trophy it is washed out. The only time they managed to complete a final was in 2001 against New Zealand however then the tournament was called ICC Knockout Tournament. If no play is possible today the first and last finals of the CT would be washed away. What a pity!

Posted by alarky on (June 23, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Once the weather allows the match to be played, India has my full backing! I like the ruthless manner in which Captain Dhoni has been handling this young team, which is now playing as "Team India"! India with more than 1000 times the population of some of the other cricketing jurisdictions should have been dominating world cricket long before this Champions Trophy Tournament. But, they spent almost one quarter of a century playing individual cricket, instead of playing for the whole nation of India. As a result, they lost very important matches sometimes to minnows such as Bangladesh, in very important international tournaments just to satisfy individualistic goals and objectives! Now, it is really great to see how Captain Dhoni is leading these youngsters out there and show casing to the world, what Team India can do in cricket, when the correct decisions are made at home. Good luck India!

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (June 23, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Headingley 2002. England won the toss on an absolute green top. Bangar and Sehwag opened for India and they lost the first wicket even before the spectators had found their seats. Then came Dravid and with Bangar. They took many blows and a ball which was more of a boomerang most of the time.Hoggard,Caddick,Tudor and Flintoff were taken to the cleaners and India scored 628 in the first innings. Dravid,Tendulkar and Ganguly scored hundreds. India won that test with Kumble and Harbhajan winning it more for them than the fast bowlers. The English pacers were believed to be unplayable in those conditions and yet it turned out that the Indians played them comfortably. Later it was spin that won the game for India. So all that is needed by the Indian batsmen is to play with grit,get blows and still carry on. And they could win despite losing the toss. Stange things happen.If there is any play, I expect India to play hard. With some luck India may just pull it off.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

ICC and BCCI should have known about the weather part. it is so frustrating for all the cricket fans across the world who are not able watch a cricket match on a Sunday. ICC should have never hosted such final matches in this particular ground leaving without a spare day. Its a big shame to ICC neither they can control match been fixed nor Can't held such an intense final match .

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

I cannot believe the ICC could make such a major mistake as tomorrow looks OK weather wise. Someone needs sacking ,after a good tournament we get this due to rain it discredits the whole two weeks of competition if they don't get out to play. The system needs a MAJOR overall.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

I find it very strange that now England is blamed for the rain!...and fans are crazy enough to ask England not to host ICC event ever! At the most one can ask for a reserve day if it rains on the 1st allocated date!

Posted by irshoo on (June 23, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

india is going to lose this match. REASON. they have won all the four toss and won all matches. now is there day. looking forward to their batting. Now they have lost the toss and going to lose match also.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

it is BCCI and ECBs thing. ECB wanted money out of tickets & India knew they r gonna win. So now ECB have known all the time its gonna be bad weather a week back but they didnt change the venue. so disappointed

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

In fairness, the average rainfall for Birmingham at this time of year is only 50 inches, which isn't much at all. Its silly to say that a tournament shouldn't be held in England because of possibile rain, we're the home of cricket! It could rain if the tournament was held in South Africa or Australia or New Zeland or West Indies or even India, depending on the time of year.

Posted by Jaga2011 on (June 23, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

Just as Alastair Cook wanted, England have created history by hosting possibly the maximum number of rain-affected games in a major ICC tournament in history. Has there been anything as bad as this before?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 23, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

England must NEVER ever host such a tournament any more. Shame on the ICC and the ECB for not having a reserve day or alternate venue in the event of such a scenario. This madness only happens in cricket. This is why American sport is so great or even soccer for that matter. You either play in the rain OR you have retractable roof. We in Canada are proud of our sporting heritage because all of our sports are played under the roof. It's time the ICC considers implementing retractable roofs for limited overs games. Spare the rain for test cricket, that format deserves rain intervention; not ODI or T20 cricket which are far more entertaining. I am disappointed but hey, being Canadian we always have hockey, baseball or curling. Peace.

Posted by Jaga2011 on (June 23, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

And let's hear it for them. The trophy will be shared by Duckworth and ...Lewis...Take a bow! England - seems like a great place for professors , theorists, writers and journalists to produce : works of great science, bad cricket number gymnastics, Harry potter novels and scathing columns of criticism. Not for people to play cricket.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

if the final will not be played this year then it vl be bad luck for India who won only single time that with the Sri Lanka in 2002 and it looks like the history will repeat again with combine champion with England who had never won any Champions Trophy yet.

India's real bad luck this time because in this year Champions Trophy they are the only unbeaten team including warm up matches. India is really playing like true world champion.

After ao many years India get through the final of any tournament without loosing any match including not important one. The best example is India played in 2 warm up matched against Sri Lanka (chased 300+ score comprehensively) and Australia (who all out for just 65 runs).

Before few years like Australians who had an impact like white washers as now Indians are making habit of it.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 23, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

This rain is frustrating as England are being denied a certain victory. No one can forget how weak India are every time they have faced this lethal English pace attack in test matches: and the conditions here certainly seem to set up a repeat of all that again. Given too that England have been the most complete all round team this tournament and deserve the trophy, the rain really has come to save India today. England have effectively won the tournament. Although Dharwan deserves to be awarded best batsman, Cook has without a doubt been best captain. Jimmy Anderson, who has been dazzling all those that have watched him this series with his wizardorious skills, the best bowler. Well played to both teams.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 23, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

England have won the toss and the conditions look ideal for their kind of bowling. India would have to do extremely well and play their top game if they are to win the trophy today. England only need to do the basics right and things should happen for them. From India's side they will say that the major threat is from Jimmy Anderson and they can deal with the others. If India can negate whatever Jimmy bowls today (provided the match happens) then India would have taken a huge step towards holding that trophy. India were slightly ahead before the toss but now that Eng are gonna bowling first, I think it is 60-40 to them. The one thing India might love is that England will be batting second in a huge game and the conditions might not change too much in their innings too. So a decent total of 220-230 can become tricky for England too if India can bowl well upfront and build some pressure.

Overalll, Eng have the edge as of now after the toss.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

My wife said I am crazy to wake up at 2.30 am to watch England India, why don't you go back to sleep? I certainly know rain will wash out your match before it starts. I have stayed in England for eight years and know the weather this time of the year. It is going to be sunny Sunday in San Diego will walk to the beach for picnic. She is absolutely right to hell with final..have a nice rainy day Birmingham cricket fans.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

The final should have been held in a venue in the South of England as it's less likely to rain there. If they'd chosen Lords or the Oval they would be playing now. Also not having a reserve day is madness.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

Desperately waiting for play to start. Sitting here in NZ, it's 12:30 am, play hasn't started and I have school tomorrow!!! But anything to watch my team play, even if it means sleepless nights, Go India!!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

If this trophy going to be shared, then India should give away this trophy to England. This way English team and fans will be happy. Insult English CT management, set this example for not to repeat this mistake again in future. England is no good choice of hosting any cricketing events in England. They should think about new venues like middle east Dubai, Sarjah, Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan. Remember all these places India does not play :)

Posted by MChowdhury on (June 23, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

What's so sad about people supporting Pakistan one day, and England the next? Surely its rational to have a hierarchy of support? It'd be a bit silly to support Pakistan today - they're not even playing! Time we wake up to living in a world where some of us have multiple identities, and move on.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (June 23, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Yesterday the weather was fine and sunny towards the end of the afternoon and would've been a wise and smart move to have had the game on Saturday because just in case there was a rain, you could have reserved it for Sunday since its still a holiday weekend but on Monday, people will be a work and school. Shocked to see that after this tournament is over, the England-New Zealand series is still continuing with the T20s and this just sums up how badly the tournament has been organised.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 23, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Given the weather and the failure to provide a spare day for this game will probably be left with a no result by the rules and no-on will be happy. At 6 and & 7 this evening of course it will be dry and sunny, but the rules will have to be adhered to even though everyone would like the rules here to be overturned and cricket played in the evening while it is dry. Surely iff everyone agreed they could start a game after 4.18 if the conditions were right and play till 10.30. No.Cricket just ain't that flexioble.

Posted by AnanthKumarM on (June 23, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Pathetic planning on ICC's part. How can you not have a reserve day for the finals? No wonder people aren't interested and this is the final edition.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Somebody let us have a field day with ICC officials in the damp ground.. Just for 20 overs.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 23, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

ICC's excuse that there is no reserve day because of ENG-NZ T20 on Tuesday, is the most shameless lie I have heard for quite a while. Without doubt, CT schedule was set months in advance, and yet ECB/NZ boards, with ICC's approval, decided to squeeze in a meaningless T20 right after CT Final. It just shows how seriously the boards consider CT as a tournament. Tell you what, try not having a reserve day for the World Cup Final. Why can't ICC just accept the fact that there have been no reserve days in CT, EVER, instead of coming up with a stupid excuse that is as lame as a kid with chocolate all over his lips claiming he as quit eating chocolate.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (June 23, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT) "England deserve to win this Trophy as they have been the most complete team throughout the tournament."

Nice joke there mate. A team that got thrashed by Sri Lanka and won against Kiwis thanks to a shady decision doesn't deserve to win anything just like that. Shared trophy is their best hope. The question as to which of these teams is the superior limited-overs team was decided long time ago. Two ODI WCs, one T20 WC, Head-to-head record of 46-35 in favour of India clearly indicate which team is a better ODI team

Posted by Red_Stripe on (June 23, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Just a quick note to posters on here, green tops barely exist in modern day cricket in England!! There hasn't been a green top in this tournament or for many years so please stop referring to it. What you do get are wickets where there is a bit more balance than the flat track in other countries. Subtle difference.

Posted by mikkkk on (June 23, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

"Why hold the tournament in England". It's the home of cricket. Best Organization Tournaments have to make a profit and to make a profit you need to fill the grounds. England is the most cosmopolitan (by far) of all the cricketing nations so almost all of the teams have enough supporters to fill the grounds, and they do. Who wants to watch a tourney where all of the grounds are empty except when the host team is playing (like india and West Indies)? We even use the foreign ball and, created a few subcontinent pitches. Which other nation would be as even handed? If the tournament had been, for example in india then the whole event would have been contrived for the soul purpose of an indian win. Does the rest of the world really want to see that in a world tournament. You have to look to the greater good sometimes and not reduce the game to the self interest of the host.

I agree with Michael Holding and Tony Cozier, England is by far the best place to host these things

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

I don't think that India have been tested thoroughly or it's too early to take them all as the best side in the business..they dominated the world cricket since last few months or so but nevertheless there are certain departments they need to be consistent at..one of that is seam bowling and so known to the globe,exposed badly at numerous times in the past..yadav doesn't look impressive throughout a tournament..ishant is found to leak runs in the slog overs the only swing bowler catches my eyes is B.kumar,someone who swings the ball both ways and came out even more effective to left-handers..

Posted by VPillai on (June 23, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

What is wrong with the English weather forecasters? Couldn't they have used their HITECH weather forecast instruments to figure out what the weather will be today in Birmingham. This tournament should have never been held in England during this time of the year!! Sheer stupidity on the part of ICC!!

Posted by jonbarebow on (June 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Bresnan is a mistake...hes lost a yard of pace and i believe his career is going same way as liam plunkett,ie talented,but not of international standard...tremlett or onions would have been better bet...save finn for the tests....this is going to be a close final...trott/cook need to speed up to relieve pressure on middle order.....england seamers stronger......should be a great match

Posted by Solid_Snake on (June 23, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

That's what i had expected..So England won the toss & going to Bowl first..Well well what we got here..A great match..Someone gonna collapse today or put up a great fight..Hope to see a great match :)

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

People talking about India's untested middle order are forgetting the fact that Ashwin averages almost 40 with bat at test level, with a test century, not only that but also averaged 50 in a series against Monty and Swann in India, and had the third highest average for an Indian in Australia. B Kumar has a first class century and at first class averages more than 30. So by no means are they just sloggers, in fact can be relied upon to build an innings. And they bat at 8 and 9. Plus Dhoni time and time again has taken India from 140 in 40 overs to 270-280 by end of innings.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

If law of average works against Indian Openers then the scoring rate may come down. Reduced number of overs may also prevent late assault. But, the awesome form of Indian Team in all three departments gives a better edge over slow scoring England.

Posted by Great_Chucker on (June 23, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge you keep harping abt one series when Englishmen feared touring India and made huge fuss like the Marcus Trescothick drama...please what was the score line in ODI's when eng toured india ...Only rain can help english win...if its 50 over match eng will be blown away by mighty indians

Posted by whocareswhowins on (June 23, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Having won an important toss and with the weather being what it is, on a green top, England hold all the aces. So, if India manage to pull this off, it'l be a huge achievement. But at this stage, I have to say England are the favourites.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

want badly the match to start.....englands swing v/s India's batting....don't think this tournament is the best run ever for team india,....1985 ,2002 and 2003 also sit in the line....because of the oppnent team bowlers...now except dale steyn, a genuine first bowler is hard to find

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Looks like its going to be 30 over match . India will score 220 England will be all out around 150 . It's just simple , India is better than any other team at the moment .

Posted by Tanwar1989 on (June 23, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Englans won the toss and probably won the CT too. look this game http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2011/engine/current/match/474481.html india posted 308/50. after first rain interruption target was 270 in 4 0 overs and RRR 6.75. after 2nd interruption target was 241 from 34 over and England chased it down in 32.2 overs. so its look pretty clean England in clear cut close to the title as English captain has great advantage.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Why would you host any major cricket tournament in England? Especially in early summer. Who's ingenious idea was it to host the final on a Sunday rather than a Saturday? If the game gets washed out when will it be played?

Posted by KingAjmal on (June 23, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Hopefully the final will be washed out if not reduced to as less overs as possible. The tournament in my view has been a disgrace.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 23, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

So everything in favor of england and anti india supporters. The conditions, the toss, still Indian will win and no excuses!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 23, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Sorry Brez but even i think Finn should be playing. He's Yorkshire's best bowler but not one of England's best after the initial honeymoon period so it would be best for us and England if he came back to county cricket. Harsh but true

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Not sure spectators have purchased ticket to see match or RAIN at Birmingham.. but surely Match will be played between cricket and RAIN..and D/L will win the trophy.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Bresnan is game changer.. but I don't think can update MS brigade at all. All set to CRUNCH Englishmen. May rain servive them..

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

This has Lagaan written all over it:

Bhuvan (captain) - MS Dhoni Bhura (poultry farmer) - Bhuvaneshwar Kumar Guran (fortune teller) - Sir Jadeja Goli (Landowner) (catapult bowler) - Umesh Yadav Arjan (blacksmith) - Dinesh Kartik Ishwar chacha (medic) - Ishant Sharma Ismail (potter) - Suresh Raina Bagha (Mute drummer) - Shikhar Dhawan Lakha (Woodcutter) - Rohit Sharma Deva (the sikh from next village) - Virat Kohli Kachra (the spinner) - R. Ashwin

Elizabeth Russel (the white coach) - Duncan Fletcher

Ram Singh (the commentator) - Harsha Bholge

Shambhu Kaka (oldie) - Sunil Gavaskar Mukhiya Ji (Village Chief) - Sourav Ganguly

Captain Russel and his team- Captain Cook and his team

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

winning the toss gives an important advantage to England. if there are frequent interruptions toss will be the most important part. India have to start early and score at a good rate. the way they have been batting recently they should have no problems doing that. despite the toss and the rain India are favorites to win.

Posted by CezK on (June 23, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

With Everyone trying their hands on predictions.. let me also give it a shot... My version... India starts badly... loose 3-4 early wicket, slow start..every englishmen starts celebrating the trophy.... and wait.... here comes our Captain Cool & Sir Jadeja... they not only stabilize the sinking ship... but make a match of it....no marks for guessing.. England ends up on loosing side :) :) :) !! Wait and watch :)

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

India has a very strong batting line up but english team is the most balanced team in the world, the combination of bowling and batting gives England an edge on India. Inviting India to bat first doesn't seem to be a right decision in this weather. D/L method usually gives advantage to team batting first which seems to be a greater advantage than home ground and home crowed.

Posted by CezK on (June 23, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

With Everyone trying their hands on predictions.. let me also give it a shot... My version... India starts badly... loose 3-4 early wicket, slow start..every englishmen starts celebrating the trophy.... and wait.... here comes our Captain Cool & Sir Jadeja... they not only stabilize the sinking ship... but make a match of it....no marks for guessing.. England ends up on loosing side :) :) :) !! Wait and watch :)

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Advantage England and they gonna beat India by huge margin

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

we can award "Rain" the champions trophy :P

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

There are no reserve days. The trophy will be shared.

Posted by Des_65 on (June 23, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Ramesh (on live commentary at 11 am), why to spend billions of dollars on closed stadiums for no swing (because weather conditions will then not help swing bowling as the stadium is closed)? Of course, the shutters can open when the sun is out. Frequent opening and closing of shutters may also cause delay.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Two of the best one day sides of the current era will fight out today. Nevertheless, I am supporting India but wish that the better team wins today.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

In this crucial match I am feeling that India's top order will collapse and lower middle order will be tested,if passed then Dhoni will be the first captain to lift all three trophies. Think wise!

Posted by bhaloniaz on (June 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

BK can bowl 8 or 9 overs in the opening spell and tie down one end. Its not easy to score against Jadeja and Ashwin in the middle. Umesh and Ishant are decent finisher. Compare that with Anderson throwing 5 or 6 good overs in the opening. Broad is an hit and miss. Bresnan is a mistake. India is a superior team even if England figures out its mistakes. Bell, Cook, Root, Morgan, Trot/KP, Prior, Broad, Swann/Tradwell, Finn, Bresnan, Anderson may be England's best bet.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

No matter whats the result of this match, this is India's best ever ODI run of form in the history. With only 5 settled one day players (virat, dhoni, Raina, Jadeja & Ashwin) India went on to win against Aus, SA, Pak, SL (2 times) & WI outside subcontinent. Dhoni has proved to be much much better ODI captain as compare to Sourav Ganguly.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Given the form India is in we are going to win this tournament . Chak de India

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

If it rains the whole day then England and India will share the Champions Trophy. That has happened once before with India and Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

If rain washout match then sadly both the teams will share trophy.

But after looking weather condition. Atleast 30 over match will be played for sure

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Its gonna be a triangular Champions Trophy final. India vs England vs Rain! :(

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

England deserve to win this Trophy as they have been the most complete team throughout the tournament. The question as to which of these teams is the better at Test cricket was answered a long, long time ago. Who is the superior limited-overs champion will be decided today.

Posted by Temuzin on (June 23, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

Posted by FiftyTwo Cannock on (June 23, 2013, 9:43 GMT) this is not a 50/50 chances mate, its 90/10 to England-India, Indian loosing.

You are an optimist my friend. Keep predicting. But don't get disappointed when Indians shock you by winning even this match.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

As usual dhoni lost a toss. even i was amaze how he won toss in semi.

After loosing toss now its 50-50 for both. Hope dhoni brigade will make history by winning last CT

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Hope rain will go away and we will watch full 50 overs game here ..!!!

Posted by mark2011 on (June 23, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

india gonna lost.... this gonna be a repeat of Cardiff match and India will be the loosers today.....good luck England....

Posted by NP_NY on (June 23, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Advantage England. England bowlers have shown in the past that they can only make an impact if the ball is swinging. And it will be swinging today at least in the early part of the match. Besides rain and D/L is always an advantage for the side batting second. But it is all fair game. We Indian fans know that this young Indian side knows no fear and will not give up until the end. No matter what happens, we are proud of India for beating all teams they played so far so convincingly in tough conditions.

Posted by Kulwinderj on (June 23, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

r we gonna share the trophy of rain stays on?

Posted by AamanSomani on (June 23, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Rain, better you keep away from this final. Whole night i was praying that India would win. No way we could share this trophy again. Rain rain go away, little Aaman wants to see the final of CHAMPIONS TROPHY.

Posted by Kulwinderj on (June 23, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

if we have rain for whole day... can anyone tell me wht will happen? r they gonna share the trophy or r we gonna have match on any other day?

Posted by Aaruni on (June 23, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

If think in case the number of overs are reduced, England's advantage of winning the toss will be sufficiently curtailed. Say instead of 50 overs, the innings is down to 35 overs even before a ball is bowled, every aspect of the game gets shorter - powerplays, batting oneself in, number of overs per bowler etc. What remains the same is the number of batsmen. In a shorter version of the game, you go for your shots without the amount of worry of holding your wicket as compared to a full 50 over match.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

Want to enjoy the big final hope rain will go away soon

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Opening partnership is key for India to make an impact on the English team. Will we see another Dhoni-show today? Hopefully so!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

now, rain brings diamond for indian players...

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

Come on India we need more then 300runs...!!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Do we have a spare day incase of no result or not

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

In 2002 as well India were the team with most number of wins and were even ahead when rain interupted twice.To this day if we ask Gangul he says trophy should have been awarded to India.Here Indai are the only unbeaten side leading to the final..i justt hink we will have a repeat of history --ie a shared trophy..but well done India...we are proud of you and congrats to England as well...

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

INDIA is on SHIKHAR.We will surely win the match.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

this is not a 50/50 chances mate, its 90/10 to England-India, indian loosing. Lets make some prediction: Indian top order will collapse followed by their middle order being tested for the 1st time in tournament and predictably fail! England win by 6/7 wickets!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

India would win this Champions Trophy, because their players are in-form.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

eagerly waiting for match to start..

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Crucial toss won by Cook. India are frankly up against it.

Posted by JustIPL on (June 23, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

If Dhoni had bowled then it would be moving target due to rain to chase. Indian players and fans are particularly uncomfortable about chasing D/L targets. On the other hand England have no problem with moving targets and will be happy to chase.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Rain rain go away Please come another day

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

All set for the finals . May the wetter side win :P :-) :P

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

What if the the match is washed out ?

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

england pack up.....

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

@numinous india 100 and England chasing in 10 overs. I think u have not watched all the matches before finals.

Posted by JustIPL on (June 23, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

However, dhoni said he would have also bowled but he should be relying more on his unbeaten batting might in this tournament. So, toss should be taken positively as it is not a ritual anyway. focus should be on playing in the middle and not just winning the toss. If a team is so dependent on winning the toss then they should not be the world champions.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

ind 300+ n eng vil all out in 100

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

nice contest between indian batting and England bowling.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (June 23, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Huge Mistake By cook and Team management....

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Not to forget how dangerous Virat and MSD can be in crunch situations. They will definitely be fired up. waiting for MS to give the English what Dada gave to them in 2002 . Bleed BLue

Posted by JustIPL on (June 23, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Wonderful toss to win for England as from the logic of indian fans winning the toss meant winning the final. Still main challenge will be to face indian spinners for 20 overs and I still feel this will be the deciding factor in the final. Anyway, for that to happen india have to score significantly for which they have the fire power but losing the toss will play on mind till 100 overs (if this match goes to that). Rain gods might help to share the trophy despite india losing the toss and probably the match.

Posted by naumianas on (June 23, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

India Batting First so we have boring final now India 100 all out eng ll chase in 10 overs :( damn boring

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Interesting match up . hoping dhawan can counter Anderson's swing . India will need to keep a steady head in case wickets fall .

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

Both the teams have 50:50 chances in the CT 13 final but the Indians are the favourites.

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