ICC Champions Trophy in numbers

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ICC Champions Trophy in numbers

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SportsCafe Desk


The brainchild of late Jagmohan Dalmiya, the ICC Champions Trophy was initially called the ICC Knock-out Tournament, back in 1998, when the tournament was initiated. As the tournament heads into its eighth edition, we look at the numbers that you need to know ahead of the gala event.

  • Chris Gayle is the highest run-scorer in the tournament’s history, having scored 791 runs from 17 matches. Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene is second on the list with 742 runs from 22 matches.
  • Retired New Zealand opener Nathan Astle’s 145 not out against the USA in 2004 is still the highest score in a single match in the Champions Trophy.
  • Former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs and Sourav Ganguly, with three centuries each, have the record of highest number of centuries in the Champions Trophy. On the other hand, Ganguly has the highest number of fifty-plus scores (6, three 100's and three fifties) in the tournament.    
  • Chris Gayle scored 474 runs in the 2006 Champions Trophy, which is still the highest score by any batsman in a single edition of the tournament.
  • Ganguly also has the highest average in the tournament (73.88) among all players while former Aussie batsman Damien Martyn is second on the list with 61.50.
  • Ganguly also has struck the highest number of sixes (17) in the tournament and is followed by the big-hitting Chris Gayle.  
  • Kyle Mills, with 28 wickets from 15 matches, has picked up the highest number of wickets in the Champions Trophy. Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is second on the list with 24 wickets from 17 matches.
  • Former Sri Lankan pacer Farveez Maharoof has the tournament’s best-ever bowling figures (6-14) against the West Indies in 2006. It is also the only time a bowler has taken six wickets in a Champions Trophy match.
  • Earlier, there have been six different winners of the seven previous tournaments, with Australia being the only team to lift the trophy twice after winning in 2006 and 2009. (India also have two titles, one of which was shared with Sri Lanka due to an abandoned final).
  • Of players to have bowled 100 ODI overs since the start of 2016, Mitchell Santner has the lowest economy rate (4.59) of anyone who will appear in the Champions Trophy.
  • The USA has the dubious record of lowest score in the tournament, having been dismissed for as little as 65 runs against Australia in the 2004 edition of the tournament.
  • USA also suffered the biggest defeat in the history of the Champions Trophy, when they lost to New Zealand by 210 runs in the 2006 edition.
  • Kumar Sangakkara, with 33 scalps, has the record of highest dismissals for a wicket-keeper while his compatriot Mahela Jayawardene has taken the highest number of catches on the field.
  • Jayawardene also holds the record for playing highest number of matches in the tournament.
  • Former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting has played the highest number of matches as captain (16) in the tournament.
  • Ponting, along with Shane Watson, together forged the highest partnership by a pair (252*) in the 2009 edition.
  • Watson, however, has one unwanted record of getting out for a duck on four occasions, which is the most by any batsmen.
  • Muralitharan has the best economy rate in an innings in the history of the tournament after conceding only 9 runs in 10 overs against West Indies at Nairobi in 2000.
  • Kenya conceded 42 extras against India in 2004, which was the highest number of extras given away one innings.
  • In the 2013 edition, South Africa, chasing India’s target of 312, scored 305 runs, which combined to become the highest match aggregate in the tournament’s history. 

Tournament History:

Year Venue Winner Runner-up
1998 Bangladesh South Africa      West Indies
2000 Kenya New Zealand  India
2002 Sri Lanka India/Sri Lanka -
2004 England West Indies England
2006 India Australia West Indies
2009 South Africa Australia New Zealand
2013 England India England

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