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The top 20 ranked players from Champions Trophy

20. Morne Morkel

As the 10th highest wicket taker in the competition, Morkel combined excellently with Imran Tahir to be South Africa’s second most successful bowler in the tournament on behind compatriot Tahir. Throughout the competition, Morkel picked up 5 wickets in 3 matches at an outstanding average of just under 18 as well as an impressive economy of 4.85, however, his efforts were generally not supported enough by teammates as the South Africans were knocked out in the group stages.

 

19. Adil Rashid

Adil Rashid proved to be a key figure in England’s champions trophy campaign, and helped his team reach the semi finals in which consequently saw them knocked out by the Pakistani’s. Nonetheless, Rashid ended the tournament as fifth highest wicket taker with 7 wickets in only 3 matches, highlighted by an excellent 4/41 to help knock out the Australians.

 

18. Niroshan Dickwella

Dickwella was a standout performer in an underwhelming tournament for the Sri Lankans who were knocked out in the group stages of the tournament. Dickwella, however, ended the tournament having scored 121 runs in three games with an impressive average of 40, and also finishing as the highest run scorer out of all the wicket keepers in the tournament. On top of this, Dickwella also managed to take 4 catches behind the stumps, only behind Jos Butler and Safraz Ahmed.

17. Ben Stokes

All-rounder Ben Stokes enjoyed a particularly successful tournament particularly with the bat, being England’s third highest run scorer for the tournament behind Root and Morgan. Having taken part in three innings, Stokes managed to score 184 runs for the tournament, most of which came from a superb 102* against Australia in a rain affected match. However, Stokes will be somewhat disappointed with the bowling aspect of his game throughout the tournament, having only taken 3 wickets at 62.33 and an economy of over 7, figures unusual for a normally tight, wicket taking option in England’s attack.

16. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was instrumental in helping India reach the final of the champions trophy and ended up being their leading wicket taker for the tournament overall. Kumar finished with 7 wickets in 5 games at just under 29, as well as possessing a very tight economy of 4.58. Unfortunately, like the rest of the Indian team, Kumar was unable to display his form shown previously in the tournament in the final, as he saw the Indians smashed by the Pakistani’s in which they were outclassed with both bat and ball.

 

15. Shakib Al Hasan

All-rounder Hasan was a key figure in Bangladesh’s very successful Champions trophy, playing a vital role in their journey to the semis. Along with fellow batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim, Al Hasan was able to solidigy the Bangladesh middle order with great success, and saw himself score 163 runs for the tournament at an average of 42. Most significantly, Hasan’s greatest impact came against New Zealand, where he scored a huge 114 to push Bangladesh through the group stages. However, Hasan somewhat let himself down in terms of his bowling, not taking any wickets for the tournament, a figure suprising for a player usually deadly with the ball in ODI’s.

 

14. Liam Plunkett

England fast bowler Liam Plunkett enjoyed a very successful tournament personally and was a key reason for England making an appearance in the semi finals. Plunkett finished the competition as England’s leading wicket taker just ahead of Adil Rashid, and the tied 3rd highest wicket taker overall, taking 8 wickets at 24.5 with a reasonable economy of just under 6. However, consistency was a problem for the tall quick, having after taken 4 wickets in both the first two games, Plunkett went the next two, including the semi, wicketless, which did not help his team under pressure and ultimately saw them knocked out by the eventual champions Pakistan.

 

13. Eoin Morgan

Another Englishman, Morgan played a key role in terms of run scoring for the Poms, contributing 208 runs in 4 innings at an average of 69.33, which was amongst the highest in the competition. Not only did Morgan’s achievement with the bat leave him the 9th highest run scorer for the tournament, but as captain, allowed him to set an example for the rest of his teammates, highlighted by his superb knocks of 75* and 87 against Bangladesh and Australia respectively.

12. Imran Tahir

The second best ranked ODI bowler in the world, leg spinner Tahir was arguably the pick of the bowlers for the South Africans who experienced a very underwhelming tournament in general. Whilst Tahir took 5 wickets throughout the competition to better any other South African bowler, it was his control and ability to slow down the game that was almost just as important. Tahir finished the competition as the 9th highest wicket taker- however, he had the third best average and third lowest economy rate out of all bowlers who had bowled more than ten overs. Unfortunately for the South Africans, the rest of the team offered little support as the South Africans crashed out in the group stages.

11. Kane Williamson

Arguably New Zealand’s greatest ever player, Kane Williamson was once again by far the best batsmen for the Kiwi’s in the tournament, and scored almost 100 more runs than Ross Taylor, the second highest run scorer for New Zealand in the competition. Captain Kane finished the Champions Trophy with 244 runs in just 3 games with an average of 81, stats of which both could have been improved if the Kiwi’s were not affected by rain. For the tournament, Williamson failed to score below 50- achieving totals of 100, 87 and 57 in each of his three games. Unfortunately for Williamson, the example he set could not be translated into the form of his fellow teammates as New Zealand failed to make it out of the group stages.

10. Azhar Ali

At the top of the order, Azhar Ali’s role in Champions Trophy success for Pakistan was key as he was able to set up a foundation for the Pakistan middle order and the likes of Zaman to come in and score freely. Whilst Ali averaged 45 for the tournament, lower than the likes of Williamson and Morgan, it was Ali’s consistency opening the batting that proved his crucialness for the Pakistanis. Across the 5 games he played, Ali contributed 3 fifties and 208 runs, including, most importantly, a 57 in the final against India to set the tone for the rest of the dominant Pakistan performance, and ultimately, summed up a very successful tournament for him personally and for Pakistan.

 

9. Junaid Khan

Another hero of the Pakistan success story, Junaid Khan, a figure somewhat unknown, was inspirational within the bowling attack of the Pakistani’s, contributing in every game for his team in terms of taking wickets. Having ended up being the third highest wicket taker of the tournament with 8 wickets, Khan has been praised for his consistency and control under pressure, particularly in big game situations. Specifically, his performance in both the semi final and final of the tournament highlighted this- 2 wickets in the semis as well as 1 wicket the final and an economy over under 3.5 proved vital for an excellent Pakistan performance in which ran through the Indian batting lineup.

 

8. Josh Hazlewood

Ranked as the current best ODI bowler in the world, Hazelwood once again justified his ranking with another excellent showing in a tournament in which he was the sole standout in an abysmal competition for the Australian team. Hazlewood, having played only 3 games in which two were rained out, managed to pick up 9 wickets for the tournament, finishing as the third highest wicket taker, and just as significantly, held the second best average at a superb 15.77. Most notably, Hazlewood’s best performance came in the match against New Zealand in which was rained out-nonetheless, Hazlewood still managed to pick up 6/52, however, like the rest of the tournament, was not properly supported by the players around him.

 

7. Rohit Sharma

While his team did not ultimately triumph, Rohit Sharma was one of the key figures in which allowed India to make it all the way to the final although thwarted by the Pakistani’s. All in all, Sharma ended up as the second highest run scorer for the tournament, behind only fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, with a superb 304 runs in 5 games at an average of 76. His most notable performance came in the semi’s, where he smashed an unbeaten 123 to rock the Bangladeshi bowling order to set up a comprehensive Indian victory. However, a reason why he isn’t possibly higher in this list, is his performance in the final where Sharma failed to get off the mark, and in turn, this hurt India massively and ultimately contributed to their eventual loss.

6. Joe Root

England’s standout player for the tournament, Root continued his excellent ODI record in the Champions Trophy, finishing as the 4th highest overall run scorer along with Virat Kohli. Batting at no.3, Root scored 258 runs for the tournament at an average of 86, and impressively, a strike rate of just under 98. This fantastic record was in large part due to his 133* against Bangladesh in the very first game of the competition in which proved vital in pushing England out of the group stages. Root’s success in the tournament also increased his overall standing in the ODI batsmen rankings, as he is now sitting 4th just behind AB de Villiers.

 

5. Virat Kohli

Undoubtedly the best current ODI player in the world, Kohli once again showed his worth to the Indian team and was vital in their run to the finals. Whilst Kohli finished 4th on the overall most runs list along with Joe Root, Kohli was dismissed only twice in the five games he played, pushing his average for the tournament to an incredible 129 as a result of scores 81*, 0, 76*, 96*, and, unfortunately, 5 in the final. Whilst Kohli did not manage to perform in the final against the Pakistani’s, the world No1 ranked ODI batsmen still enjoyed a successful tournament even by his lofty standards, and will look to continue to improve on it.

 

4. Tamim Iqbal

Part of an incredible underdog story, Tamim Iqbal was one of the many Bangladeshi players who managed to pull of a very unlikely achievement in helping Bangladesh reach the semi finals of the champions trophy. The experienced ODI opener was the player of the tournament for The Tigers, scoring 293 runs in 4 games at 73.25, putting him third in terms of highest run scorers. In these 4 games, only once was Iqbal dismissed for less than 70, where unfortunately, he was dismissed without scoring. However, bar the game against New Zealand, Iqbal scored fifties against both Australia and India, but most impressively, scored 128 against England in which summed up his successful tournament, and ultimately, the success against odds for Bangladesh.

 

3. Shikhar Dhawan

Both India’s and the overall highest run scorer for the tournament, Dhawan role at the top of the order proved key for the Indians and his consistency in doing so was vital for the run of the Indians. In total, Dhawan ended up with 338 runs for the tournament at 67, also with a magnificent strike rate of just over 100. With similar consistency to Iqbal, Dhawan was only dismissed once below 40, making scores of 68, 125, 78, 46, and 21. Similar to Kohli, Dhawan’s worst performance of the tournament came in the final, proving costly to Indian success-nonetheless, Dhawan still had an excellent tournament and still very much one of the best players of the competition.

 

2. Fakhar Zaman

The hero of the final, Fakhar Zaman’s role in the Champions trophy and final in particular was extraordinary for Pakistan who defied the odds to win the final. Whilst Zaman was only the 6th highest run scorer in the tournament with 252 at an average of 63, it was his performance in the final against India that pushes him to number two on this list, but more importantly, helped win the game for Pakistan. Combining with fellow opening batsmen Azhar Ali, the pair set up an opening stand of 128 before Ali was dismissed for 59, however, Zaman unleashed, scoring 114 off just 106 balls, batting India out of the game and setting up Hasan Ali and co. to knock India over for only 158. What is just as extraordinary is the fact the four games Zaman played in the tournament, including the final, were the first four games he has ever played of ODI cricket, making his heroic achievements even more remarkable, and hopefully, he can continue to perform like this.

1. Hasan Ali

23 year old Hasan Ali was undoubtedly the player of the tournament and a key figure in Pakistan’s lifting of the Champions Trophy. Taking 13 wickets in 5 games, Ali finished the tournament as the leading wicket taker, and in turn, player of the series and bowler of the series. Although not the quickest of pace bowlers, Ali was able to deceive batsmen with a handful of variations and change in pace in which saw him take 3 wickets in four of the five games, including the final, where he knocked over Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Ravi Ashwin to add to the contribution of Mohammad Amir. Ali’s overall performance in the tournament will be one remembered for years to come, particularly by Pakistan fans, who like the rest of the cricketing world, did not expect the tournament to go in such a way.

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