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I was quite nervous: Ishant Sharma
Birmingham, June 24, 2013
First Published: 01:33 IST(24/6/2013)
Last Updated: 01:35 IST(24/6/2013)

Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, whose 18th over proved to be the turning point in the ICC Champions Trophy final, said on Sunday that he was “quite nervous” when things were not going India’s way during the match.

England needed 28 runs from the last three overs with middle order batsmen Ravi Bopara (30) and Eoin Morgan (33) striking an important fifth wicket partnership, looking like taking their team home.

But the lanky pacer came into bowl the 18th over and struck immediately to send both batsmen back to the pavilion.

“I was quite nervous, things were not going my way but I held my nerve. I’ve done it in the past so maybe that's why (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni thought I could do it,” said the Delhi bowler, after India beat the hosts by five runs in the final here at Edgbaston.

“We have to say thanks to the crowd, they have been tremendous; there are no words for them,” added Ishant.

India had set a target of 130 in 20 overs which the hosts failed to chase down, finishing 124/8 in the rain-marred match.

India were also the joint winners, with Sri Lanka, of the 2002 Champions Trophy.

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Match Date Time Match Details Venue
1st 06-06-2013 3:15PM IND vs SA Cardiff
2nd 07-06-2013 3:15PM WI vs PAK London
3rd 08-06-2013 3:15PM ENG vs AUS Birmingham
4th 09-06-2013 3:15PM SL vs NZ Cardiff
5th 10-06-2013 6:30PM PAK vs SA Birmingham
6th 11-06-2013 3:15PM IND vs WI London
7th 12-06-2013 6:30PM AUS vs NZ Birmingham
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