BIRMINGHAM/CARDIFF, 21 JUNE: Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena (in photo, left) and Australia’s Rod Tucker (in photo, right) were today named on-the-field umpires for the Champions Trophy final between India and England to be held at Edgbaston on Sunday.
“Bruce Oxenford and Aleem Dar are the third and fourth umpires, respectively. The match referee will be Ranjan Madugalle,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement.
The teams and their players, Ishant Sharma included, have in the meantime been thinking back on the second semi-final.
His three-wicket haul might have been the most crucial bowling performance in India’s Champions Trophy semi-final win over Sri Lanka but pace bowler Sharma did not consider himself the “leader” of the attack as he felt the triumph was the result of “teamwork”.
Sharma was adjudged Man of the Match for his three-for-33 analysis in last night’s crushing eight-wicket win, which booked India a place in the final to be played against England on Sunday.
While India’s top order batsmen easily scored the 182 runs needed for victory, it had been the bowlers who set up the win after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to field first in overcast conditions. “The wicket was two-paced and there was a lot of movement and bounce. I am happy that I could find my rhythm and hit the right length. It’s very important to bowl in the right areas and I am lucky I did it,” Sharma said, adding: “I am not God that I will not bowl like this every day … I think we’re just helping each other out and doing work with the bowling coach. And we know now that there are five fielders inside the circle, it’s quite difficult for the bowler, so I think we’ll keep working on our variations and everything, but I think it’s going really well.”
The tall boy said there had been nothing special about his performance.
“It’s a good feeling. I don’t want to call myself the leader of the pace attack because we are working hard as a team and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Umesh (Yadav) are bowling well as well. It’s teamwork,” Sharma explained.
“As you can see, we have three different fast bowlers. Everyone sticks to his plan and helps the others. So I think that’s a good thing for us,” he said.
Sharma said he was happy with his bowling so far in the Champions Trophy.
“I had been bowling well in the Indian Premier League and was just taking that momentum forward. It’s not only about conditions, it’s about bowling in the right areas. I have been doing this since the IPL,” he said.
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews said losing the toss and Tillakaratne Dilshan’s injury had been the key factors in the team’s loss to India.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni described India’s win as a well-written script.
"I think it is a well-written script, good toss to win, started well, unfortunately for Sri Lanka they lost Dilshan. We capitalised on that, then our bowlers bowled well, especially the spinners.
I think it is important to have good bowlers. The ball was still doing a bit," said Dhoni.