ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Team Of The Tournament
Champions Trophy ended in quite a remarkable fashion, the blue brigade from the subcontinent lifting the trophy on the front of a jam-packed stadium. There were an innumerable count of performers as we went through the tournament but there are some who are just impossible to forget. Here is a look back at some of the memorable performances by players who were the shining stars of this elite tournament.
THE OPENERS Shikhar Dhawan (India) Runs-363 Average-90.75 Highest Score-114 Continuing his good form from the home series against Australia into the Champions Trophy, the man from Delhi took the world by storm smashing back to back centuries against the Proteas and the Windies. His stroke play all around the ground was a delight to the eye. His Macho man looks and cool temperament is somewhat similar to his risk free and elegant style of batting. For his consistent performance throughout the tournament he has been awarded with “GOLDEN BAT” for scoring maximum no. of runs which is itself a great achievement for someone playing his first overseas tour after a long time. Alastair Cook (England) Runs-161 Average-32.20 Highest Score-64 The English skipper has enjoyed good form in batting ever since he took over the reign from Andrew Strauss. He scored a fifty against Sri Lanka but in a losing cause but scored a 64 in the next must win match against the Kiwis and this time England came through. Although he was disappointing in both the semifinals as well as the finals, he did a great job captaining an impressive team that made full use of the home conditions. Middle Order Jonathan Trott (England) Runs-229 Average-57.25 Highest Score-82* Probably the best batsmen in the English batting line-up, his brilliant stroke play and unbreakable defense led the English all the way to the finals eventually losing to the Indians. He scored two brilliant fifties one against Sri Lanka and a heartwarming 82 not out to finish South Africa run in the tournament. He was the second highest run getter in the tournament after Shikhar Dhawan and top scorer for England. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) Runs-222 Average-74 Highest Score-134* The Sri-Lankan Wicket Keeper batsmen were brilliant in his side’s march to the semi-finals. He scored a brilliant 134 not out against England in a DO or DIE taking his side all the way to victory but he failed in a pressure situation against Indians in the semi-finals. Despite his failure, he was the star of the Lankan team scoring maximum no. of runs for his nation and was also the 3rd highest run getter in the tournament. Misbah-Ul-Haq (Pakistan) Runs-173 Average-86.50 Highest Score-96* The star in the under-performing Pakistani team, Misbah-UL-Haq batting was brilliant scoring a 96 not out against the Windies in the group stage along with a 55 against the Proteas but both of the innings were in vain as Pakistan failed to win on both of the occasions. His captaincy could be criticized for the team winless performance at the tournament but he was a shining star with the bat in the middle order. George Bailey (Australia) Runs-114 Average-38 Highest Score-55 The Australian stand-in captain was a sensation with the bat scoring 2 fifties in 3 group stage matches. They were unlucky against the kiwis to lose out on a victory after rain washed out the match with both the teams sharing 1 point each. With no support and a Warner spat in a local bar against Joe Root, Bailey did a good job and deserves a spot in the team of the tournament. All Rounders Ravindra Jadeja (India) Runs-80 Wickets-12 Bowling Average-12.83 Best Bowling-5/36 Highest Score-33* Ravindra Jadeja defined being called as Sir, he was great with both bat and bowl and one of the main reasons of India being champions. A tournament’s best bowling figures of 5/36 against the Windies sealed a place for India in the semi-finals. He was leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 12 wickets for which he was awarded with “GOLDEN BALL” award. Not only with the ball, he was also superb with the bat in the final scoring an unbeaten 33 to help India reach a competing score of 129 in 20 overs. To add to his batting and bowling his fielding skills is the best in the side with maximum run-outs. Ryan McLaren (South Africa) Runs-81 Wickets-8 Bowling Average-18.50 Best Bowling-4/19 Highest Score-71* McLaren was the best player in the Proteas team which once again lined up to its “CHOKER” tag. He scored a career best score of 71* against India nearly taking his team home. He also proved his worth taking an impressive 4/19 against the Pakistanis. He was the most effective of the Proteas bowlers who did not learn to their reputation and struggled with the seamer friendly conditions of England. BOWLERS James Anderson (England) Wickets-11 Bowling Average-13.72 Best Bowling-3/30 Utilizing the home conditions, the England’s bowling spearhead James Anderson was like impossible to play when in full flow. His ability to swing it both ways makes him quite dangerous and difficult to bat against. He took 2 crucial wickets to break down the Proteas top order in the semi-final of the tournament. He finished with 11 wickets and was second in the list to Jadeja who finished with 12. Mitchell Mcclenaghan (New Zealand) Wickets-11 Bowling Average-13.09 Best Bowling-4/43 Mitchell’s 11 wickets in the 3 group matches were an exceptional performance by the muscular New Zealander. He extracted swing and bounce in the seamer friendly conditions finishing with two 4-wicket hauls. Mitchell has shown that he can lead the Kiwi attack after Southee and Franklin failed to make an impact. Ishant Sharma (India) Wickets-10 Bowling Average-21.80 Best Bowling-3/33 He was inconsistent and expensive but in the final he delivered for what he was on the side “WICKETS”, he removed two set batsmen Morgan and Bopara who were steamrolling their ride to victory. Ishant also did perform in the semi-final against Lanka demolishing their top order and was named the ‘Man of the Match’ for his blistering bowling.
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Team Of The Tournament
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