What a tournament the Champions Trophy 2017 has turned out to be!
To me it looks like a perfect Bollywood action movie with a subtitle that reads ‘Expect the Unexpected’. I mean think of it, the dark horses and the under dogs rise to the occasion, from a group consisting of ODI giants: England, New Zealand and Australia the underdogs Bangladesh make it to the semi-finals. Pakistan a team which had been written off by almost every cricket analyst prior to the commencement of the Champions Trophy and more so after their loss against India, played with all its heart and went on to win the coveted title. The one’s who were expected to make it big failed, not just the teams but also a lot of the players. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa got eliminated at the league stage itself. Sri Lanka put up a hard fight. The dark clouds calling out untimely rains were the villains lingering around. England and India put up some exceptional performance.
Veterans like Yuvraj Singh and Shakib-al Hasan reflected a glimpse of what cricket has been, youngsters like Kusal Mendis and Hardik Pandya assured us that cricket is in safe hands. While Virat Kohli’s words after losing to arch rivals raised the level of the spirit of cricket, AB de Villiers praise for Virat showed that beyond the boundary ropes we all are friends. And amidst all these moments there were some exceptional performances, so we at Essentially Sports bring to you our team of the tournament. We’ve picked the team by carefully analysing the stats, and impact. Do let us know your opinion.
Essentially Sports’ Champions Trophy 2017 team of the tournament:
- Shikhar Dhawan (India)
Shikhar Dhawan’s love affair with the Champions Trophy continues. The southpaw has now won the golden bat for two consecutive times. There has hardly been any slip ups from him. He has made vital contributions in almost every match providing the Indian middle order with a well set platform. Dhawan has batted with flair scoring 338 runs in 5 innings at a strike rate of 102 and averaging 67.6. He is definitely going to open the batting for our Champions Trophy 2017 XI