The ICC Champions Trophy, second in importance only to the Cricket World Cup is just around the corner and scheduled to start on 1st June in England and Wales with the match between England and Bangladesh. The teams who were in the top 8 in the ICC Rankings until the ICC deadline will be competing against each other to lift the coveted trophy as India are the defending champions as they won it last in 2013. It will be a thrilling competitive event with world class sides against each other as all ICC events are.
We take a look at the 5 debutants to watch out for in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017:
Chris Lynn (Australia)
The Aussie batsman who has been plagued by injuries in his career is a prolific scorer and a powerful striker of the ball when fully fit. He has made his mark in the ongoing Indian Premier League where despite having played only 4 matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he has scored a staggering 259 runs in those 4 matches at an average of 86.33 and a whopping strike rate of 186.33. He was also the leading run scorer in the 2015-16 Big Bash season scoring 378 runs at average of 54. Lynn will be playing his first Champions Trophy of the career as he has been included in the Australian squad. He has played only one ODI till now but going by the form he is in, he will be an impactful player and the one to surely watch out for.
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Jasprit Bumrah (India)
The India’s death over specialist has been instrumental and in great rhythm for the Mumbai Indians as he has scalped 14 wickets in 12 matches. While for India too, he has been an important part of the pace attack since his debut and is just phenomenal at the death with his darting yorkers and slower deliveries. As India hopes to defend it’s Champions Trophy title, Bumrah who will be playing in his first CT would be a crucial part of the Indian squad and can prove to be a nemesis for the batsman at the death.
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Ben Stokes (England)
Stokes will be playing his first champions Trophy as he did not play in the 2013 Champions Trophy despite making his ODI debut in 2011. He is probably one of the best all rounders in the world currently simply because of his commitment to the game. He has been in great touch in the ongoing Indian Premier League where he also recently hit 103 off just 63 balls. He will be going into the Champions Trophy with rich vein of form and the fact that the event is being hosted in England gives him advantage of his home conditions. He has amassed 283 runs in 10 matches for Rising Pune Supergiants and will be the player to watch out for in the England squad.
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Imran Tahir (South Africa)
The Proteas leggie is currently the ICC number one ranked ODI bowler and also the number one ranked T20I bowler. Tahir debuted for South Africa in 2011 but did not play the Champions Trophy in 2013. This will be the first Champions Trophy for Tahir and will be going into the tournament in great form as he has been phenomenal for the Rising Pune Supergiants. He has bagged 18 wickets in 12 matches and is currently the second highest wicket taker just behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He will be the spearhead of the Proteas spin attack in the Champions Trophy 2017.
Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)
Grandhomme is an explosive kiwi All rounder who got to perform in the International circuit after a series of impressive performances in the domestic circuit. He complements the all rounder position in the kiwi team and his medium pace option comes as a benefit to the squad. He has played 9 ODI matches performing decently in the lower middle order for the New Zealand.