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ICC Champions Trophy All Time Greatest XI feat. Ganguly, McGrath & Gayle

Sourav Ganguly plays a stroke

The Indian team will travel to England to defend their ICC Champions Trophy title in June. There have been a few greats of the game who have fared with scintillating performances at the prestigious tournament. Here is a look at the ICC Champions Trophy All Time XI, a team that is formed by the top performers of the tournament since its inception in 1998.

 

Chris Gayle

The Jamaican had a good run in 2004 when the Windies were crowned champions as he was their second leading run scorer. He had a great run in 2006, where he smashed three centuries and averaged 79 in 8 games to win the Man of the Tournament award. He has scored 791 runs in 17 games and is the leading run-scorer in the tournament. To go with that, he also has 17 wickets at an economy of 4.42 and best figures of 3-3.

 

Marcus Trescothick

The English opener has scored 421 in 8 games at an average of 52.62 while opening for England. He has scored two hundreds and two half-centuries with a top score of 119 against Zimbabwe in Colombo in the 2002 edition of the tournament.

 

Sourav Ganguly (capt.)

The former Indian skipper led his side to the final in 2002, which was called off due to rain and India were crowned joint champions along with hosts Sri Lanka. He has been a consistent performer for India with the bat as well, scoring 665 runs at an average of 73.88. He has scored three centuries and three centuries in the tournament with 141* being his highest score which is also the joint highest score in the tournament history.

 

Jacques Kallis

Pretty much like every dream team, the South African veteran makes it to the squad of the best performers in the Champions Trophy as well. Batting for the Proteas, he scored 653 runs in 17 games at 46.64. He has one century and 3 fifties to his name. With the ball, he has scalped 20 wickets at an average of 26.25 and best figures of 5/20. He was the vital cog in the South African team which won the title in 1998, where he was named Man of the match in both Semi-final as well as the final. He scored a century in the semi-final and returned with a with a five-wicket haul two days later in the final.

 

Kallis plays a shot

 

Damien Martyn

The Aussie middle order batsman is one of the best batsmen from the tournament, amassing 6 half centuries in just 12 innings for the Kangaroos. He has scored 492 runs at an average of a little over 61. He sealed three successful chases for Australia in 2006 with scores of 78*, 73* and 43*. He scored a half-century in the semi-final and was the top scorer against England in the final.

 

Rahul Dravid (wk)

Rahul Dravid donned the gloves for India in as many as 73 One Day Internationals and hence has been named the keeper here. He was a consistent performer with the bat as well, scoring 6 half centuries with a top score of 76. He has 617 runs in 15 innings of various editions of the tournament at an average of 48.23. Behind the stumps, he has been responsible for 8 dismissals in the 6 games he kept for India in 2002.

 

Shane Watson

The Aussie all-rounder has scored 453 runs with the bat with 2 centuries and 2 half centuries. He also has 17 wickets at an average of 23.29 with best figures of 3/16. He was the man of the match in the final of 2006, the semi-final and the final in 2009, aiding the Aussies to win successive titles. He scored 57 in the final of 2006 and hammered consecutive centuries in 2009.

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Kyle Mills

The Kiwi fast bowler is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament with 38 wickets in 15 games at an average of just 17.25. He took 10 wickets at 11 in 2006 with a 4/38 in the semi-final. In 2009, he had 9 wickets at 22 in 2009 and 6 in 2013 at 10 runs a wicket.

 

James Anderson

Anderson has 21 wickets in just 12 matches for England in the tournament. He averages 21.5 and has an economy of 4.5. His best figures are 3/20 against Sri Lanka in 2009 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. He is England’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament ahead of Chris Tremlett with 19.

 

James Anderson celebrates

 

Muttiah Muralitharan

The Sri Lankan spin wizard’s best edition was 2002 on his home soil. He scalped 10 wickets at a mind-blowing average of 7. He has 24 wickets overall in 17 matches at an average of 20.16 and an economy of 3.60.

 

Glenn McGrath

One of the most crucial links of the Australian bowling lineup, he has 21 wickets in 12 games at 19.61 and an economy of 4. Both his best performances of 5/37 and 3/22 came against New Zealand in 2002 and 2006.

 

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