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CHAMPIONS TROPHY: TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT

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1. Tamim Iqbal

293 runs at 73.25, HS 128

Although it was difficult to prise apart India’s superb opening partnership and omit the undeniably world-class Rohit Sharma, I could not leave Tamim out. He loves batting in England, averaging over fifty in ODIs on these shores, and seems to thrive on the big stage. His century at The Oval was a memorable way to open the tournament.

 

2. Shikhar Dhawan

338 runs at 67.60, HS 125

One half of the tournament's best opening partnership and the leading run-scorer, Dhawan has been a powerhouse at the top of the order for India. Alongside Sharma, the losing finalists registered partnerships of 136, 138, 23, 87, 0 for the first wicket.

 

3. Fakhar Zaman

252 runs at 63.00, HS 114

Fakhar hadn’t played any form of international cricket until March of this year, his ODI debut came against South Africa at Edgbaston after missing out on Pakistan’s humiliating defeat in the opener. There he offered a glimpse of his talents with 31 from 23 including six fours. From there he just got better and better, culminating in a remarkable hundred at The Oval – his maiden ODI century – and what a time to produce it.

 

4. Virat Kohli

258 runs at 129.00, HS 96*

There’s not a great deal more to say about Kohli, the tale of the tape reads 27 ODI hundreds, 42 fifties, an average over 54. His tournament was mixed, being unbeaten three times on 81, 76 and 96, but also registering two failures. The first, a rare duck came in the defeat against Sri Lanka, which luckily for India was not fatal, the second, unfortunately for India came in the final. After being given a life – dropped in the slips – he was gone next ball, and with him, India’s hopes.

 

5. Joe Root

258 runs at 86.00, HS 133*

England’s leading run-scorer, often the glue that holds thing together and rarely allows the run rate to slow. A player of his calibre will have been disappointed not to add another three-figure score after his century at The Oval.

 

6. Ben Stokes

184 runs at 92.00, HS 102*; three wickets, best figures 1 for 41, economy 7.14

Stokes’ performance against Pakistan neatly encapsulated England’s day as a whole. A unit brimming with talent, potentially destructive, but just couldn’t break loose from Pakistan’s shackles. But there was more ot his tournament than that, his hundred against Australia was top class, we’ll look forward to more of the same this winter.

 

7. Sarfraz Ahmed*+

Nine catches, 76 runs at 76.00, HS 61*

Being perfectly honest, in no world, in no circumstance, did I think I would be sat here with Sarfraz even remotely in the team of the tournament conversation, let alone plonking him in at No.7, as skipper no less. But how can I not? He has led a group of no hopers, also rans, from a humiliating defeat to the most glorious of victories. I like the cut of his jib; he looks like the sort of bloke that could make filing tax returns a jolly good laugh. His 61 not out was crucial as Pakistan bundled through a bizarre encounter with Sri Lanka to seal a semi-final place against England.

 

8. Adil Rashid

Seven wickets, best figures 4 for 41, economy rate 4.73; 19 runs at 9.50, HS 12

After not being picked for the opener at The Oval, Rashid shone when given the chance. His 4 for 41 against Australia was a fine peformance, the spinner didn’t give up a single boundary or extra in 10 overs. In three matches, Rashid only gave up seven boundaries from 180 deliveries.

 

9. Mark Wood

Five wickets, best figures 4 for 33, economy rate 4.32; 3 runs at 1.50 HS 3

Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan have both been excellent, but for his ability to remove key batsmen at key times, I would want Wood in my XI. Wood delivered emphatically in spells. He was key in those sticky middle overs, when teams were set, England reeled them in.

 

10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Seven wickets, best figures 2 for 23, economy 4.63

Just edging out his teammate Jasprit Bumrah, one man who did not deserve to be on the losing side in the final was Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He opened the match with a maiden and picked up another in his fifth, finishing with figures of 1 for 44 while the rest of the attack – Hardik Pandya aside – were being plundered.

 

11. Hasan Ali

13 wickets, best figures 3 for 19, economy rate 4.29

The star of the show. What a revelation Hasan Ali has been for Pakistan - the tournament’s leading wicket-taker by some margin. I doubt Wayne Parnell has had a full night’s rest since having his off stump categorically splattered. His full-blooded celebrations will be one of the lasting images of this Champions Trophy. A deserving winner.