There are under 10 days left for the start of the ICC Champions Trophy and all the teams will be looking to give their best shot this time. We look at the top batsmen from each team who have the ability to turn the games in their team’s favour –
- Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Kane Williamson is regarded as one of the best batsmen that New Zealand has ever produced. Having shown decent performance in the last ODI series (against SA), the New Zealand skipper has the calibre to lead from the front and win matches for his team by playing dependable innings in the series.
- Mohammad Babar Azam (Pakistan)
The right-handed top order batsman is in superb form and can be expected to blast bowlers in the Champions trophy. Considering the superb knocks he has played for Pakistan (against Australia and West Indies ) recently, he is one good batsman to look out for.
- Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka can be considered as the weakest nation who is competing in the Champions trophy. No batsman has been able to create a big impact other than the opener Tharanga, who has the spark to make a mark in the mini world cup. With a satisfying hundred earlier this year against SA, Tharanga can emerge out to be a key player for his team if he plays as per his potential.
- Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
Having replaced West Indies to qualify for the Champions trophy, Bangladesh still has a long way to go considering the strong teams they will compete with T. Iqbal is one of the most experienced player they have and if he provides a decent start then there are great chances that other batsmen like Rahman, Hasan can carry the momentum and post and chase down good scores for their team.
- Joe Root (England)
Joe Root has been one consistent player for England who always impresses with his batting in almost all matches. Despite a series loss against India, Joe was one of the top batsman in the series. With the recent satisfying series against the West Indies and the home advantage, Joe along with his teammates will be looking to make the trophy stay in England.
- Kedar Jadhav (India)
The newly found unsung hero for the Indian team who played breathtaking matchless innings in the last ODI series against England will surely look to make his place permanent in the playing XI. With the arrival of Kedar Jadhav, Indian batting has become more powerful down the order and the right-handed batsman is highly expected to continue his sparkling form and win matches for India in the upcoming Champions Trophy.
- Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Quinton de Kock can be regarded as the best opener of all times observing the recent outstanding form he has been for South Africa. The left-handed batsman & wicketkeeper is likely to provide excellent starts for his team and play huge knocks in the process and is thus the player to look out for this Champions trophy.
- Steve Smith (Australia)
The Australian skipper has been consistent with his batting in all the formats of cricket. He is the most dependable player in the Australian side who is capable of playing big important knocks when needed. The upcoming Champions trophy can see him emerging as the top most batsman for Australia if his good form continues from the last ODI series he played against Pakistan.