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Published on June 20th, 2017 | by CricketSoccer Desk

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Cricketsoccer’s team of the tournament

The eighth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy concluded its result with Pakistan emerging victorious. The unpredictable Pakistan side comprehensively beat arch-rivals India in the final on Sunday at The Oval to lift the trophy for the first time since its inception in 1998. Defending champions India were favourites going into the final but Pakistan’s emphatic overall show in the ultimate game saw them getting the better of India by 180 runs. Picking a dream team is always exciting; on the basis of performance in this tournament let’s take a look at ICC Champions Trophy 2017 XI:

Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan)

Fakhar Zaman has been a sensation to watch at the top; his success has been one of the main reasons behind Pakistan comeback. Pakistan were in dire need of an impactful and consistent opening pair. After a defeat against India in their opening game, Fakhar Zaman was brought into the side in the next encounter against South Africa. The southpaw grabbed the opportunity and made it count with a series of incredible performances with the bat. He scored a ton in the final and steered his side to a commanding position.

Matches: 4, Runs: 252, Average: 63, Strike-rate 113, Highest Score: 114, 100: 1, 50: 2

Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)

Tamim Iqbal managed to garner massive runs with the bat at the top. Tamim’s only failure in the tournament came against New Zealand where he was dismissed for a duck. He took on the big guns with unmatched confidence and plundered big runs against teams like Australia, England and India. His century against England was an outstanding one and missed out on another ton against Australia by a whisker. He also did well in the semi-final against India with a tenacious 70 and has done a commendable job with the bat.

Matches: 4, Runs: 293, Average: 73.25, Strike-rate 86.17, Highest Score: 128, 100: 1, 50: 2

Shikhar Dhawan (India)

Shikhar Dhawan was in a different form altogether in this tournament. He was the leading run-scorer in the tournament and played exceptionally well to claim the Golden Bat for leading the run-charts. Barring the final encounter against Pakistan, Dhawan got consistent starts in every outing throughout the tournament. With 338 runs from five innings, Dhawan has scripted numerous records with the bat.

Matches: 5, Runs: 338, Average: 67.60, Strike-rate 101.80, Highest Score: 125, 100: 1, 50: 2

Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Although New Zealand were eliminated in the group stages but Kane Williamson lived up to the expectations. He was outstanding with the bat and garnered runs on all the three occasions. He was consistent in every outing and scored two half-centuries and a ton in three games. Though he didn’t manage to carry the team over the line but is an apt selection for the number four spot in this line-up. He usually bats at three but is well-known for his versatility and can build a solid platform in the middle-order.

Matches: 3, Runs: 244, Average: 81.33, Strike-rate 92.42, Highest Score: 100, 100: 1, 50: 2

Ben Stokes (England)

Ben Stokes has been a force to reckon in shorter formats, he is well-known for his prowess with the bat as well as with the ball. Stokes had a decent tun in the tournament where England lost to Pakistan in the semi-final. His century against Australia in the final encounter of the group stage was undoubtedly his one of the best innings ever played. His presence will provide stability and depth in the line-up and is also the perfect candidate for the position of an all-rounder.

Matches: 4, Runs: 184, Average: 92, Strike-rate 81.41, Highest Score: 102*, 100: 1, 50: 0

Bowling – Wickets: 3, Economy: 7.14, Average: 62.33, Best Bowling: 1/42

Sarfraz Ahmed (Wicketkeeper and Captain) (Pakistan)

The Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman is certainly one of the bests when it comes to keeping wickets. Also an explosive middle-order batsman, Sarfraz will be a good fit for a keeper in any ODI side. He batted well against Sri Lanka for his unbeaten 61 and sailed the Pakistani ship from choppy waters in a do-or-die game. His wicketkeeping was upto the mark and did well in cupping nine catches behind the stumps. More importantly, he trusted the young guns and did a terrific job as the skipper of the side.

Matches: 5, Runs: 76, Average: 76, Strike-rate 80, Highest Score: 61*, 100: 0, 50: 1, Catches: 9

Hardik Pandya (India)

Hardik Pandya had a memorable outing with the bat in the final against Pakistan but was unfortunate to have been run out. Pandya scored 76 in the ultimate game and bowled well. Pandya also played a good cameo in the inaugural game against Pakistan and had only one failure with the bat in the tournament. His medium pace bowling and awe-inspiring strike-rate make him a solid contender for the number seven position.

Matches: 5, Runs: 105, Average: 52.50, Strike-rate 194.44, Highest Score: 76, 100: 0, 50: 1

Bowling – Wickets: 4, Economy: 5.97, Average: 58.25, Best Bowling: 2/43

Adil Rashid (England)

Adil Rashid scalped seven wickets in the tournament and had a successful tournament with the ball. His figures of 4 for 41 against Australia was a classic example of impactful spin bowling and helped his side in dismantling Australia for a low score. Rashid picked wickets in all the games but didn’t have enough runs on the board to battle for in the semi-final, which England lost to Pakistan.

Matches: 3, Wickets: 7, Economy: 4.73, Average: 20.28, Best Bowling: 4/41

Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)

Mohammed Amir got rid of India’s top-order single-handedly in the high-voltage final. He broke the spine of Indian batting with three prized wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan with the new ball. He missed out the crucial semi-final against England but did well in the final. Amir bowled well against India in the opening game but didn’t manage to scalp a wicket. Amir also stitched a match-winning partnership with Sarfraz Ahmed in a do-or-die game against Sri Lanka in the group stages.

Matches: 4, Wickets: 5, Economy: 4.41, Average: 30.20, Best Bowling: 3/16

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)

Bhuvnehswar Kumar has developed into a versatile bowler, he can be lethal with the new ball and squeeze runs in the death. Bhuvneshwar had wickets in every game and didn’t give away too many runs. His economy of 4.63 is what makes his contribution pivotal.

Matches: 5, Wickets: 7, Economy: 4.63, Average: 28.14, Best Bowling: 2/23

Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

Hasan Ali bagged the Golden Ball award for picking the most number of wickets (13) in the tournament. He bowled well in the first change and had wickets to his name on a consistent basis. After an ordinary show with the ball in the opening game, Hasan Ali bounced back emphatically in the next three games and did a commendable job for the side.

Matches: 5, Wickets: 13, Economy: 4.29, Average: 14.69, Best Bowling: 3/19

12th Man – Junaid Khan (Pakistan)

It was certainly a tough call to make between Mohammed Amir and Junaid Khan but the former gets the nod for delivering in the final. The latter was brought into the side after Wahab Riaz suffered an injury in the first game against India. Junaid Khan bowled extremely well and formed a dominant pace attack alongside Amir and Hasan Ali.

Matches: 4, Wickets: 8, Economy: 4.58, Average: 19.37, Best Bowling: 3/40

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