A day after Pakistan was crowned the champions, ICC named the ICC Champions Trophy team of the tournament led by victorious skipper Sarfaraz Khan. The 12-man team had three players each from India and England and four from the winning team.
The tournament witnessed a remarkable run from Pakistan who made an impressive turnaround after losing the first match against India. Sarfaraz’s wards went on to defeat hosts England in the semis and defending champions and arch rivals India in the final to cap off a iconic win for the nation.
Here is a look at the ICC team of the tournament chosen by a jury which included Michael Atherton, Sourav Ganguly and Ramiz Raja.
SHIKHAR DHAWAN (IND)
The opener was one of the star performers for the Men in Blues, finishing as the most prolific batsman of the tournament with 338 runs in his account. It included two fifties and a century, but Dhawan failed to contribute much in the final.
FAKHAR ZAMAN (PAK)
The move of replacing Ahmed Shahzad with the debutant Fakhar Zaman proved to be a masterstroke for the Pakistan team. If 252 runs in 4 matches was a testimony to his batting credentials, the century in final against India proved his temperament as a big-match player.
TAMIM IQBAL (BAN)
A fairy-tale ride for Bangladesh was finally halted by batting-heavy India in the semis, but Tamim’s 293 runs was the talking point for quite a few days. Barring the duck against Kiwis, Tamim was a golden goose for his team, playing knocks of 128, 95 and 70 against teams like England, Australia and India.
VIRAT KOHLI (IND)
Three unbeaten half-centuries which all could have been tons and two single digit scores made Virat Kohli’s journey in Champions Trophy a case of extremes. Still he managed to rack up 258 runs in the process and finished as the joint fourth-highest run scorer.
JOE ROOT (ENG)
England’s only loss led to their exit from the competition, but Joe Root proved his class in spite of that. A brilliant 133 against Bangladesh to start with, the English test skipper accumulated 258 runs in 4 matches.
BEN STOKES (ENG)
When it comes to the all rounder’s spot, few can argue over Stokes’ inclusion in the XI. The ace cricketer scored 184 runs in three innings and scalped three wickets. However, it was his century against Australia which remained the highlight of his outing in the Champions Trophy.
SARFARAZ AHMED (PAK – C & Wk)
The knock of 61 against Sri Lanka from the captain himself sealed Pakistan’s spot in the semis, but it was Sarfaraz the leader which proved to be instrumental in his team’s title triumph. Managing to eke out the best from his troops, Safaraz’s leadership qualities were full on display throughout the tournament. He effected nine dismissals too in the entire process.
ADIL RASHID (ENG)
Adil Rashid’s seven wickets earned him the solitary specialist spinners’ role. The four-for against Australia helped in triggering a collapse, but a better outing with the ball in the semis could have been more beneficial for his team.
JUNAID KHAN (PAK)
An out and out wicket taker, Junaid got the better off batsmen on eight occasions in Champions Trophy 2017 and makes the side ahead of Josh Hazlewood and Liam Plunkett.
BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR (IND)
Arguably India’s only bowler who managed to show his talent in the tournament, Bhuvi finished with eight wickets from 5 matches. A little more support from his fellow colleagues could have won India the trophy, but no doubt Bhuvi was a shining star for his side.
HASAN ALI (PAK)
With as many as 13 wickets to finish with, Hasan Ali’s effort not only won him the Golden Ball but also the Player of the tournament. Except the first match against India where he conceded 70 runs and scalping just one wicket, he took four consecutive three-fors in the next matches. Clearly Ali was the standout bowler in the tournament.
KANE WILLIAMSON (12th man) (NZ)
A disastrous campaign for New Zealand ended with just one point from three matches in group stage and the runners up of 2015 World Cup lost against Bangladesh to bow out of the competition. Nevertheless, Kane Williamson was unruffled as his willow continued to chalk out runs, 244 of those coming in just 3 matches.