Indian skipper Virat Kohli bagged the fourth spot in the batting line up of the ICC Champions Trophy team of the tournament while Shikhar Dhawan was picked to open the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the pace attack, while Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was named the captain of the team.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan who won the golden bat award owing to his splendid performance in the tournament where the Indian southpaw scored 338 runs at an average of 79.25 and strike rate of 102.26, was chosen to start the proceedings for the team of the tournament. The Delhi batsman would partner Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman whose century in the final powered Pakistan to the title.
Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal was chosen to come in at three as the opener played a pivotal role in taking his side to the semi-finals of the tournament scoring 293 runs. Further, Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Englishman Joe Root were picked to come in at fourth and fifth respectively courtesy the 258 runs they each scored for their respective teams.
Ben Stokes was chosen to grace the sixth spot as the English all-rounder scored 184 runs in the tournament and took three wickets. Stokes also smashed an unbeaten 102, his highest ever ODI score till date to deny Australia an entry into the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Sarfraz Ahmed was chosen to lead the team while donning gloves behind the stumps as the Pakistani skipper led his side to a win in the virtual quarterfinal clash against Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 61, while affecting nine dismissals in the tournament. Adil Rashid, the lone spinner in the team earned his spot due to the seven wickets he scalped throughout the tournament.
The pace battery of the team comprised of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (eight wickets), Junaid Khan (seven wickets) and Hasan Ali(13 wickets). Hasan Ali also won the golden ball award for being the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with an incredible average of 14.69.
Finally, Kane Williamson was named the 12th man of the team owing to his consistent performance for New Zealand.
The team of the tournament was picked by a jury that included the likes of former cricketers like Michael Atherton, Sourav Ganguly and Ramiz Raja and also comprised of famous writers like Lawrence Booth and Julian Guyer along with ICC's General Manager, Geoff Allardice, acting as the chairman.
Here is the team of the tournament:
1. Shikhar Dhawan
2. Fakhar Zaman
3. Tamim Iqbal
4. Virat Kohli
5. Joe Root
6. Ben Stokes
7. Sarfraz Ahmed
8. Adil Rashid
9. Junaid Khan
10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
11. Hasan Ali
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