Champions Trophy: Express XI
By Express News Service | Published: 20th June 2017 02:19 AM |
The 2017 edition of CT delivered three weeks of top-class cricket. Pakistan emerged deserved winners, and even India, with their established stars, couldn’t stop their march to the title. Not surprisingly, quite a few players from the teams that contested the final are part of the team of the tournament...
Runs 338 @ 67.60
Rewrote several records by continuing his success in ICC tournaments. Finished as top scorer of the event and his tally included two half-centuries and a century against Sri Lanka.
Runs 252 @ 63.00
Pakistan brought in Zaman after the loss against India in their opening game, and he didn’t look back. With his aggressive and unorthodox approach, made a match-winning century against India in the final.
Runs 258 @ 129.00
As usual, found runs when India needed them. His 81 against Pakistan gave India a bright start, and the unbeaten 76 against South Africa helped India progress into knockouts. Final failure a blemish.
Runs 208 @ 69.33
Joe Root made more runs than him, but Morgan’s contribution at No 4 was more crucial. He was Root’s partner as they chased down 300-plus against Bangladesh, and also delivered against Australia.
Runs 184 Wkts 4
Stokes got starts in all games he played, but was particularly devastating against Australia. He walked in with his team at 35/3, and smashed a century, never allowing the asking rate to climb.
Runs 105 Wkts 4
Is in the form of his life. In the opening game against Pakistan, faced just six balls, but hit three sixes to make 20 and take India to a huge total. Also smashed 76 in the final, although the result was a foregone conclusion.
Sarfraz Ahmed (wk & c)
Runs 76, Dis 9
It’s not easy being the captain of the Pakistan team, and the loss against India would have made things difficult. But he was able to bring the team together and helped them win four games on the trot.
Wkts 7 @ 28.14
After learning his lessons against Sri Lanka, came back strongly against South Africa, cramping batsmen for space with his accuracy. In the final where Pakistan scored 338, finished with 10-2-44-1.
Wkts 5 @ 30.20
Spell in the summit clash against India, on a flat Oval wicket will be remembered for some time. Practically sealed the game for Pakistan inside the first 10 overs, removing India’s dangerous Top 3.
Wkts 13 @ 14.69
Was named Player of the Tournament. The right-arm pacer was expensive in the opener, but took three-fors in his next four games, including the final. Finished as the event’s leading wicket-taker.
Wkts 8 @ 19.37
One of the changes Pakistan made after the India loss was replacing the injured Wahab Riaz with Junaid. He responded creditably, bowling well early on, and snaring crucial wickets in all stages of the game.