Former England skipper Michael Vaughan announced his dream team for the upcoming Champions Trophy and picked Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the No. 4 position. However, Kohli predecessor MS Dhoni missed out on a spot in Vaughn's side as the Englishman picked his compatriot Jos Buttler instead.
Michael Vaughan named his dream team that he would have wanted to feature in the Champions Trophy tournament. The 42-year old picked David Warner and Quinton de Kock to start the proceedings with the bat. Vaughan admitted that he was confused between Warner and Hashim Amla for the opening spot but chose the Australian because of his explosive batting style at the top.
Quinton de Kock showed his class against England with 98-runs innings and it wasn't a surprise that the South African made it to Vaughan's dream XI.
Michael Vaughan picked up Joe Root to fill the number three spot overlooking Australian skipper Steve Smith. The Englishman justified his choice by stating that his compatriot can come in handy as the sixth bowler and is also familiar with the English conditions, unlike Smith.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli earned the 4th spot in the batting lineup owing to his consistency for the Indian side and the grit and style that comes along. The Indian was followed by South African skipper AB de Villiers who is known for his innovative hitting all over the ground.
Ben Stokes, who bagged the most valuable player award in the recently concluded IPL was chosen for the 6th position in the batting lineup. Stokes has been in impeccable form after his return from the IPL and similar fireworks are expected of him in the tournament.
Vaughan chose England's Jos Buttler over MS Dhoni at No. 7 for the former's explosive finishing ability towards the end of the innings.
All the three pacemen have the ability to swing the ball both ways and would come in handy in seaming conditions in England. Vaughan was prompted to pick Tahir after his sensational stint in the IPL where he finished as the second highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets.
Vaughan's dream XI:
- David Warner
- Quinton de Kock
- Joe Root
- Virat Kohli
- AB de Villiers
- Ben Stokes
- Jos Buttler
- Mitchell Starc
- Kagiso Rabada
- Trent Boult
- Imran Tahir
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