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ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017

Champions Trophy: Our Best XI

19 June 2017

We look back at the top performers across 19 days of top quality ODI action

1. Shikhar Dhawan (India)

M: 5 | R: 338 | Ave: 67.60 | SR: 101.80 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 2 | HS: 125

Dhawan hundred, Dhoni cameo power India

The Champions Trophy's leading run-scorer for the second consecutive tournament, Dhawan unfortunately saved his worst for last. But his score of 21 in the final should not take anything away from another dominant campaign, in which he scored a century and two fifties and formed a prolific opening partnership with Rohit Sharma.

2. Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan)

M: 4 | R: 252 | Ave: 63.00 | SR: 113.00 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 2 | HS: 114

Fabulous Fakhar smashes maiden ODI ton

The find of the tournament, the left-hander was the key to his side's amazing resurgence following their thumping at the hands of India in their opening group game. Handed a debut against South Africa, the opener provided the batting aggression his side had been crying out for and carried his form all the way to a memorable century in the final.

3. Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)

M: 4 | R: 293 | Ave: 73.25 | SR: 86.17 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 2 | HS: 125

Terrific Tamim tons up, stokes Ben's fire

Dhawan and Fakhar will deservedly open the innings so we've found spot at No.3 for the impressive Bangladesh opener. A score of 128 against England on the opening day of the tournament was followed by 95 against Australia (in a total of just 182) and then another top score of 70 in their semi-final against India.

4. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

M: 3 | R: 244 | Ave: 81.33 | SR: 92.42 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 2 | HS: 100

Captain Kane keeps the Kiwis on even keel

In a disappointing campaign for his side, Kane Williamson again underlined why he's one of the best batsmen in the world. The Kiwi skipper posted scores of 100, 87 and 57 and his three dismissals underline just how in control he was at the crease; he was twice run out following a mix-up with his batting partner and he copped one of the balls of the tournament from Mark Wood against England.

5. Virat Kohli (India)

M: 5 | R: 258 | Ave: 129.00 | SR: 98.85 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 3 | HS: 96*

India's batting clinic delights Warne and co

A failure in the final should not detract too much from what was another strong tournament from the Indian skipper, whose two failures were accompanied by three unbeaten half-centuries in successful run chases. He also topped the 8000-run mark in the semi-final against Bangladesh, becoming the fastest man to the milestone.

6. Ben Stokes (England)

M: 4 | R: 184 | Ave: 92.00 | SR: 81.41 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 0 | HS: 102* | W: 3 | Ave: 62.33 | Econ: 7.14 | SR: 52.3 | BB: 1-42

Stokes puts on ODI batting masterclass

In a tournament short of star performances from allrounders, we've stuck with Ben Stokes at No.6. By his own admission, the Englishman was short of his best with the ball having only just overcome a knee injury but his unbeaten ton against Australia was one of the best knocks of the tournament.

7. Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan) (c)

M: 5 | R: 76 | Ave: 76.00 | SR: 80.00 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 1 | HS: 61* | Ct: 9 | St: 0

Pakistan power into final, send England packing

The Pakistan skipper was only required to bat twice in the whole tournament, but his leadership of a young and inexperienced side gets him the nod as captain of our side. Having secured Pakistan's spot in the knockout stage with a fighting half-century against Sri Lanka (albeit a fortunate one), the keeper-batsman superbly maneuvered his impressive bowling group, favouring attack over defence as he was rewarded with victory in the final.

8. Adil Rashid (England)

M: 3 | W: 7 | Ave: 20.28 | Econ: 4.73 | SR: 25.7 | BB: 4-41

Wood, Rashid restrict Aussies as Head fires

Surprisingly left out of the tournament opener against Bangladesh, the leg-spinner produced excellent displays against New Zealand and Australia to be the leading spinner in a tournament dominated by pace. To concede just 4.7 runs an over bowling in the middle overs and even in the final Power Play is highly impressive, while he also claimed big wickets for his side at crucial moments.

9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)

M: 5 | W: 7 | Ave: 28.14 | Econ: 4.63 | SR: 36.4 | BB: 2-23

Dangerous with the new ball and frugal with the old, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was a standout bowler for India even when they conceded some big totals. The right-armer's economy rate of 4.63 was one of the best among the leading wicket-takers and his performance in the final, when he finished with 1-44 from 10 overs in a total of 338, was superb.

10. Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)

M: 4 | W: 5 | Ave: 30.20 | Econ: 4.41 | SR: 41 | BB: 3-16

Amir has last laugh after Kohli's second chance

A brilliant performance in the final saw the Pakistan quick edge out teammate and fellow left-armer Junaid Khan for the final pace-bowling spot in our XI. Amir wasn't the most prolific wicket-taker throughout, but he was a vital cog in a relentless pace attack and his opening spell in the final, when he removed Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, was one of the best of the tournament.

11. Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

M: 5 | W: 13 | Ave: 14.69 | Econ: 4.29 | SR: 20.5 | BB: 3-19

Hasan's contender for ball of Champions Trophy

Pakistan's reverse swing king, Hasan Ali was devastating in the middle overs and was clearly the leading wicket-taker and a deserved winner of Play of the Tournament. The inexperienced right-armer picked up four consecutive bags of three wickets having been hammered in the tournament opener against India, and his brilliant delivery to remove Wayne Parnell at Edgbaston was the ball of the tournament.

Champions Trophy 2017 Guide

Squads: Every Champions Trophy nation


Results


1 JuneEngland beat Bangladesh by eight wickets

2 JuneNew Zealand v Australia, No Result

3 JuneSri Lanka lost to South Africa by 96 runs

4 June – India beat Pakistan by 124 runs

5 JuneAustralia v Bangladesh, No Result

6 JuneEngland beat New Zealand by 87 runs

7 JunePakistan beat South Africa by 19 runs (DLS method)

8 JuneSri Lanka beat India by seven wickets

9 JuneBangladesh beat New Zealand by five wickets

10 JuneEngland beat Australia by 40 runs (DLS method)

11 JuneIndia beat South Africa by eight wickets

12 JunePakistan beat Sri Lanka by three wickets

14 JuneFirst semi-final: England lost to Pakistan by eight wkts

15 JuneSecond semi-final: Bangladesh lost to India by nine wickets

18 JuneFinal: Pakistan beat India by 180 runs


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Martin Smith is a writer for cricket.com.au. He previously wrote for Yahoo!7 Sport and Fox Sports.

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