ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will start in few days after 4 years and all 8 teams are ready to win this tournament. Last ICC Champions Trophy was held at England in 2013 and India won that tournament easily. With that win MS Dhoni became the first captain who won all 3 ICC tournaments as captain. ICC Champions Trophy first started in 1998 hosted by Bangladesh and South Africa was the winner. Let’s check out some interesting Facts about ICC Champions Trophy.
#1 Australia is the only team who won ICC Champions Trophy twice. Australia won this ICC tournament in 2006 and 2009.
#2 Shane Watson won the Man of the Match award in both the occasions when Australia won the Champions Trophy
#3 ICC Champions Trophy is the only ICC tournament where Pakistan was able to beat India. India and Pakistan played 3 times in ICC Champions Trophy and India lost 2 times. In 2013 India managed to win the match against Pakistan.
#4 India is the most successful team in Champions Trophy. India has 71.42% winning percentage in ICC Champions Trophy.
#5 India also won Champions Trophy twice since the start of this tournament. In 2002 India was joint winner with Sri Lanka team as final was never played due to rain.
#6 Chris Gayle – West Indian opener is the highest run scorer in ICC Champions Trophy. Chris Gayle has scored 791 runs with average 52.73.
#7 Nathan Astle from New Zealand has the highest individual score in ICC Champions Trophy. Astle has scored 145 runs against USA team.
#8 Kyle Mills from New Zealand is the highest wicket taker in ICC Champions Trophy. Kyle Mills has taken 15 wickets in ICC tournament.
#9 Sri Lankan Wicket Keeper Kumar Sangakkara has the most dismissals as a wicket keeper in ICC Tournament. He has 33 dismissals in 22 matches.
#10 Mahela Jayawardane has the most catches in ICC Champions Trophy. Jayawardane has 15 catches in 22 innings.
#11 India has the highest total in ICC Champions Trophy. India managed to score 331/7 in Champions Trophy 2013 against South Africa team.
#12 Saurav Ganguly has most number of fifties (6) in ICC Champions Trophy.
#13 Australian All Rounder Shane Watson has most number of ducks in Champions Trophy. Watson has 4 ducks in 15 innings.
#14 Champions Trophy is the only ICC tournament which was won by South Africa. South Africa is yet to win ICC T20 World Cup and 50 Overs World Cup.
#15 Alastair Campbell from Zimbabwe became first batsmen to hit century in ICC Champions Trophy. He scored 100 runs in first ICC Champions Trophy held in Bangladesh in 1998.
#16 This tournament was started as ICC Knock Out Tournament in 1998. Later ICC changed it’s name to ICC Champions Trophy in 2002.
#17 England never won ICC Champions Trophy till date. England reached into ICC Champions Trophy finals 2 times and both times they lost.
#18 India & West Indies both team has the most consecutive wins (6 times) in Champions Trophy.
#19 In 2013 ICC Champions Trophy India became only team which won all major awards.
- Player of the Final – Ravindra Jadeja(IND)
- Player of the Tournament – Shikhar Dhawan (IND)
- Most Runs – Shikhar Dhawan (363)
- Most Wickets- Ravindra Jadeja (12)
- Winners – Team India.
#20 Pakistan have never won ICC Champions Trophy till date
#21 Bangladesh was the only team which did not participate in the tournament while hosting it in 1998.
#22 For the first time in Champions Trophy history West Indies is not qualified.
#23 Bangladesh will play Champions Trophy after 11 years.