England v India, Champions Trophy, final, Edgbaston June 23, 2013

Rain doesn't dampen Dhawan

George Dobell and Nagraj Gollapudi at Edgbaston
ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the final of the Champions Trophy
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Shot of the day
Many players, resuming after a rain break, would nudge the ball off their hip or steal a single to the left hand of cover to get themselves back into the swing of things. But not Shikhar Dhawan. Facing the first ball after yet another break, Dhawan, with both feet off the ground, swatted a bouncer from Stuart Broad over third man for six. It was the stroke of the day from the batsman of the tournament.

Reception of the day
If England had hopes they may benefit from home support, they were dashed as soon as the public address listed the two teams. While each India name was greeted with cheers, the names of the England players were met with boos. The reaction was generally in good humour, but it did underline the dominance of Indian supporters inside Edgbaston. This may have been a home game for England in terms of geography and the conditions, but it could have been Mumbai or Kolkata for the character of the crowd.

Moment of the day
Alastair Cook was quoted - almost certainly incorrectly - by the ICC's transcription service of saying what a shame it would be if the weather rendered this game "a damp squid". But, despite all the stoppages and delays, the full house crowd sat through the rain and chilly winds admirably patiently and the ground remained all but full when the game reached its climax. Indeed, such was the crowd's enthusiasm, that perhaps the biggest roar of the day came when the groundstaff pulled off the covers. The groundstaff, supported by the "cricketeers" deserved the appreciation, too: they did a superb job in managing to get the pitch and outfield in any sort of condition to hold a game despite torrential rain.

Wicket of the day
MS Dhoni has earned a reputation as a player at his best in big matches and when his team are under pressure. So when he strode to the crease to join Virat Kohli with his side in some trouble, Indian hopes were still high. But when he uppercut his second delivery from the excellent Ravi Bopara directly to third man, the sighs of disappointment that reverberated around the ground told their own story. The dismissal completed a double-wicket maiden and reduced India to 66 for 5 at the end of the 13th over.

Drop of the day
The plan was evident. With less than three overs remaining and the score still below 100, Kohli had to look for boundaries. He was aware that Broad would bowl short on the off stump, so one of his options was to attempt the uppercut to take advantage of third man, Jonathan Trott, being up inside the circle. Even Trott anticipated the ball might come towards him so when Broad started to run in he took a couple of steps back. On cue, Kohli tried to carve the ball over third man, but failed to make full contact and sent the ball flying towards Trott just above head height. Perhaps surprised by the pace at which the ball reached him, Trott could only deflect the ball and Kohli took a single. Had the catch been taken, India would have been reduced to 98 for 6.

Opportunism of the day
It was in the ninth over. England had gone without a boundary for five overs. Ian Bell had been around from the beginning and appeared in circumspect mood, though he had also been denied much of the strike. Ravindra Jadeja was getting the ball to spin away. MS Dhoni added a short gully to the first slip to challenge Bell, one of the better English batsman of spin. Jadeja pitched on the off and middle. Bell had made up his mind as he took a forward step and reverse swept. There was enough power in the stroke to make it to the boundary.

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  • Cpt.Meanster on June 23, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan - the moustache warrior !! What a player ?! This guy can also bat well in test cricket which is why many Indian fans are pumped and excited about India's future.

  • NP_NY on June 24, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @F.Ephraime: Did you predict before the champions trophy that this was going to be easy for India? I bet your prediction was the opposite, something along the lines of India cannot win outside India. And now your prediction is India has a tough future ahead. As@Humdinger says, keep them coming! And btw, didn't NZ just beat Steyn, Morkel, Philander and co 2-1 in the recently concluded series? Times are a changing, my friend.

  • on June 24, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Tim Bresnan cost England the match. His overthrow resulted in 4 runs and England lost by 5!

  • rohan34mca on June 24, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Wasiq Hassan Khilji - That came from a true Cricket fan! I actually expected team to put more fight in the tournament. Yes Team India surprised me with the way they played throughout. Shikhar D had lady luck too on his side. All this has come through really good selections. Dinesh Karthik is an example. Cricket is a Form game. Out of form - out of team, In form - In team. Obviously talent also plays the part. Well done Selectors!

  • F.Ephraime on June 24, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    I am not saying india don't deserve the trophy or anything for that matter,I'm just pointing it out that even if they win the next icc world cup or any icc trophy outside the sub-continent it won't be easy as it was in the champions trophy....and it will certainly not be easy for dhawan and co coming to sa in december facing steyn,phillander and morkel in our pitches as Rohit Sharma dismissal gave us a preview of indian batsman on lively pitches.

  • F.Ephraime on June 24, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    I am not saying india don't deserve the trophy or anything for that matter,I'm just pointing it out that even they win the next icc world cup or any icc trophy outside the sub-continent it won't be easy as it was in the champions trophy....and it will certainly not be easy for dhawan and co coming to sa in december.

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 24, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    That exotic shot...ah paradise...! At risk of sounding arrogant - I christen thee shot thy 'Shik-hit'! - Shot of the tournament ....for me....Hope many more of such to come! Now that shot is right up there in my air shots.....! Throw in the friendly swagger of the guy - and that mo.....what a package!

  • Romanticstud on June 24, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    India deserve the trophy as the only undefeated side in the tournament prior to the final ... India have the batsmen and the bowlers for English conditions ... Ravi Bopara surprised with the ball and reduced India to 66 for 5 but it was not enough ... I was hoping India would get to 132 ... Then England looked like they were on a Sunday picnic until Morgan and Bopara injected a bit of hope ... But then India prevailed ... Even though I am a South African, I could see India had the merit and deserved the trophy from when they beat us in the league stage ...

  • on June 24, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Technique is not everything. If Dhawan worried about technique at that moment and didn't hit first ball after rain for 6 of broad, the result could have been different. Plus it's not easy as well to come from dressing room and straight away launch one over point boundary. Also what about death bowling. Yesterday England conceded 45 in last 5 overs, while India took 6 wickets for 16 runs. Remember the first match SA was cruising and then Indian fielders bowlers performed like tigers. JADEJA - What a crucial contribution with bat, ball and fielding. He really deserve to be called 'Sir Ravindra Jadeja', SALUTE from 2 billion Indian, you have made the nation proud and forced many experts (including Indians) eat a humble pie who didn't even gave you an iota of a chance.

  • on June 24, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Well Played India..Congrats from Pakistani fan

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 23, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan - the moustache warrior !! What a player ?! This guy can also bat well in test cricket which is why many Indian fans are pumped and excited about India's future.

  • NP_NY on June 24, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @F.Ephraime: Did you predict before the champions trophy that this was going to be easy for India? I bet your prediction was the opposite, something along the lines of India cannot win outside India. And now your prediction is India has a tough future ahead. As@Humdinger says, keep them coming! And btw, didn't NZ just beat Steyn, Morkel, Philander and co 2-1 in the recently concluded series? Times are a changing, my friend.

  • on June 24, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Tim Bresnan cost England the match. His overthrow resulted in 4 runs and England lost by 5!

  • rohan34mca on June 24, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Wasiq Hassan Khilji - That came from a true Cricket fan! I actually expected team to put more fight in the tournament. Yes Team India surprised me with the way they played throughout. Shikhar D had lady luck too on his side. All this has come through really good selections. Dinesh Karthik is an example. Cricket is a Form game. Out of form - out of team, In form - In team. Obviously talent also plays the part. Well done Selectors!

  • F.Ephraime on June 24, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    I am not saying india don't deserve the trophy or anything for that matter,I'm just pointing it out that even if they win the next icc world cup or any icc trophy outside the sub-continent it won't be easy as it was in the champions trophy....and it will certainly not be easy for dhawan and co coming to sa in december facing steyn,phillander and morkel in our pitches as Rohit Sharma dismissal gave us a preview of indian batsman on lively pitches.

  • F.Ephraime on June 24, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    I am not saying india don't deserve the trophy or anything for that matter,I'm just pointing it out that even they win the next icc world cup or any icc trophy outside the sub-continent it won't be easy as it was in the champions trophy....and it will certainly not be easy for dhawan and co coming to sa in december.

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 24, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    That exotic shot...ah paradise...! At risk of sounding arrogant - I christen thee shot thy 'Shik-hit'! - Shot of the tournament ....for me....Hope many more of such to come! Now that shot is right up there in my air shots.....! Throw in the friendly swagger of the guy - and that mo.....what a package!

  • Romanticstud on June 24, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    India deserve the trophy as the only undefeated side in the tournament prior to the final ... India have the batsmen and the bowlers for English conditions ... Ravi Bopara surprised with the ball and reduced India to 66 for 5 but it was not enough ... I was hoping India would get to 132 ... Then England looked like they were on a Sunday picnic until Morgan and Bopara injected a bit of hope ... But then India prevailed ... Even though I am a South African, I could see India had the merit and deserved the trophy from when they beat us in the league stage ...

  • on June 24, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Technique is not everything. If Dhawan worried about technique at that moment and didn't hit first ball after rain for 6 of broad, the result could have been different. Plus it's not easy as well to come from dressing room and straight away launch one over point boundary. Also what about death bowling. Yesterday England conceded 45 in last 5 overs, while India took 6 wickets for 16 runs. Remember the first match SA was cruising and then Indian fielders bowlers performed like tigers. JADEJA - What a crucial contribution with bat, ball and fielding. He really deserve to be called 'Sir Ravindra Jadeja', SALUTE from 2 billion Indian, you have made the nation proud and forced many experts (including Indians) eat a humble pie who didn't even gave you an iota of a chance.

  • on June 24, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Well Played India..Congrats from Pakistani fan

  • shane-oh on June 24, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @Sachidananda Bhat - so, to put that another way - India were one of 8 teams in the tournament that DIDN'T beat all 8 test playing nations?

  • indicricket on June 24, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @F.Ephraime How about predicting for 2019 worldcup?LOL. Eat your heart out man, we are the champions now. Like it or lump it.

  • on June 24, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @Mark Francome, Ball might not have crossed the boundary. But the position where he was.. when he picked the ball would have been on the ropes.. and of course LBW was a close call!!

  • GRVJPR on June 24, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    How crucial that 6 proved to be just after the rain from dhawan. Absolutely brilliant attitude from yungster. Technique is not everything. If dhawan worried about technique at that moment and didn't hit first ball after rain for 6 of broad, the result could have been different. Plus it's not easy as well to come from dressing room and straight away launch one over point boundary. Also what about death bowling. Yesterday england conceeded 45 in last 5 overs, while India took 6 wickets for 16 runs. Bowlers, supposedly weak link, have bought India back again and again in this series. Remember the first match SA was cruising and then Indian fielders bowlers performed like tigers. JADEJA - What a crucial contribution with bat, ball and fielding. He really deserve to be called 'Sir Ravindra Jadeja', SALUTE from 2 billion Indian, you have made the nation proud and forced many expers (including indians) eat a humble pie who didn't even gave you an iota of a chance.

  • NP_NY on June 24, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    DHAWAN! What he said when he won the golden bat, says a lot about this man. In all that euphoria, he remembered the tragedy in North India and dedicated his award to the people who lost their loved ones and their homes. What a man!

  • NP_NY on June 24, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    @F.Ephraime: Right now, we Indian fans don't really care what happens in the future. We've won all three ICC championships, have the best captain, and best batsman and bowler in the tournament. Never lost a game in the tournament. INDIA ROCKS!

  • tickcric on June 24, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Shot of the tournament man, what a swashbuckling stroke!

  • Humdingers on June 24, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @F.Ephraime - that's exactly the same kind of comments made before the Champions Trophy. Keep them coming!

  • on June 24, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Well done India, excellent throughout the tournament. But it was always going to be a day of close margins and the behaviour of the third umpire needs to be critically examined (instead of ignored by Cricinfo). The awarding of a 4 that didn't cross the boundary rope and the Bell "stumping" were 2 big calls that this official got badly wrong.

  • on June 24, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    INDIA is the only team in this competition to beat all TEST PLAYING NATIONS (Including Warm up Matches) barring Newzealand and deserverdly won it

  • F.Ephraime on June 24, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Well yes india might have won the tournament in england but the conditions we're not ideal throughout the tournament so to speak.I still don't think that india will is south africa in december and in australia/new zealand world cup.

  • maddy20 on June 24, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    @jackiethepen What about Stuart Broad's no-ball that was not given against Williamson. If not fo that, England would not have made it so far in the first place. BesidesThe stumps have been moved with his foot in the air , but it was hard to make out the bails in the background and that was the basis of giving it out. If you wanna blame such things after needing 20 off 15 with 6 wickets in hand, and managing to lose somehow, its laughable!

  • kc69 on June 24, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    Yeah...Ishant's 18th over should be have been titled as Surprise of the day..and lets not forget the celebrations of Kohli in Chris Gayle style when WI won World T20.

  • jackiethepen on June 23, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Not to feature Bell's next ball after the boundary - his so called 'stumping' also seems strange. That Bell was not out was seen by everyone except the third umpire Bruce Oxenford.

  • F.Ephraime on June 23, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    And I thought south africa were the only chokers....how many times have england lost in finals of major icc tournaments

  • Nampally on June 23, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    My plays of the day are: 1. A scheduled 50 Over ICC ODI, held every 4 years, was reduced to shambolic 20 overs due to weather. Either the match should have been awarded to India on their 4 win record or the Trophy shared. 2. Panic assisted over due to "rain impact of S/R" by Bopara which resulted in dismissals of Raina & Dhoni- two best Finishers in ODI's 3. Ishant Sharma's over resulting on dismissals of both Bopara & Morgan, due to suicidal shots. All these items had a huge impact on the Result. Fortunately the Trophy went to the best team of the tournament.

  • sonu97 on June 23, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Ashwin's last ball and Ishant's "brilliant" over not there? What is happening with plays? :D

  • on June 23, 2013, 21:32 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!!!

  • ToTellUTheTruth on June 23, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Thank you Indian team for a wonderful Sunday. What a game and what a finish!!! Thanks to "Chacha" Pakistan and our SL fans in the stands supporting the Indian team. That made for a wonderful watching experience. Go India!!! 7 out of 7. Now who can question your #1 ODI ranking?

  • on June 23, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    How could this not feature Ishant's bizzare over !!

  • on June 23, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    How could this not feature Ishant's bizzare over !!

  • ToTellUTheTruth on June 23, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Thank you Indian team for a wonderful Sunday. What a game and what a finish!!! Thanks to "Chacha" Pakistan and our SL fans in the stands supporting the Indian team. That made for a wonderful watching experience. Go India!!! 7 out of 7. Now who can question your #1 ODI ranking?

  • on June 23, 2013, 21:32 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!!!

  • sonu97 on June 23, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Ashwin's last ball and Ishant's "brilliant" over not there? What is happening with plays? :D

  • Nampally on June 23, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    My plays of the day are: 1. A scheduled 50 Over ICC ODI, held every 4 years, was reduced to shambolic 20 overs due to weather. Either the match should have been awarded to India on their 4 win record or the Trophy shared. 2. Panic assisted over due to "rain impact of S/R" by Bopara which resulted in dismissals of Raina & Dhoni- two best Finishers in ODI's 3. Ishant Sharma's over resulting on dismissals of both Bopara & Morgan, due to suicidal shots. All these items had a huge impact on the Result. Fortunately the Trophy went to the best team of the tournament.

  • F.Ephraime on June 23, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    And I thought south africa were the only chokers....how many times have england lost in finals of major icc tournaments

  • jackiethepen on June 23, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Not to feature Bell's next ball after the boundary - his so called 'stumping' also seems strange. That Bell was not out was seen by everyone except the third umpire Bruce Oxenford.

  • kc69 on June 24, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    Yeah...Ishant's 18th over should be have been titled as Surprise of the day..and lets not forget the celebrations of Kohli in Chris Gayle style when WI won World T20.

  • maddy20 on June 24, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    @jackiethepen What about Stuart Broad's no-ball that was not given against Williamson. If not fo that, England would not have made it so far in the first place. BesidesThe stumps have been moved with his foot in the air , but it was hard to make out the bails in the background and that was the basis of giving it out. If you wanna blame such things after needing 20 off 15 with 6 wickets in hand, and managing to lose somehow, its laughable!

  • F.Ephraime on June 24, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Well yes india might have won the tournament in england but the conditions we're not ideal throughout the tournament so to speak.I still don't think that india will is south africa in december and in australia/new zealand world cup.