Sourav Ganguly, Zaheer Khan lead India’s ICC Champions Trophy honour boards

first_imgAfter a long and successful Test season, that saw Team India attain the No.1 Test status in the world, India’s mettle will be tested in limited-overs cricket. Virat Kohli’s men will get down to business on June 4 against Pakistan to defend their Champions Trophy crown in England.Although the odds have not always been in India’s favour in this particular ICC tournament, India won the Champions Trophy back in 2013 in England, riding on some brilliant performances from Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja.Out of the seven Champions Trophy tournaments that have been played, India have won just one and reached the final twice, back in 2000 and 2002. While they lost to New Zealand in 2000, in 2002, the game was washed out and India had to share the trophy with Sri Lanka in Colombo.While India had some consistent performers since the inception of the tournament 19 years back, they failed to lift the trophy before 2013. Their luck finally changed after 10 years after the washout in Colombo as Dhawan’s 363 runs and Jadeja’s 12 wickets in the tournament helped India lift the trophy for the first time in the tournament.As India gear up to take on Pakistan at Edgbaston, we take a look at India’s most successful players across the tournament’s history:SOURAV GANGULYSourav Ganguly has been India’s star performer with the bat in this ICC tournament.The Prince of Kolkata amassed 665 runs from 13 matches at an average of 51.15. His highest is 141* against South Africa at Nairobi back in 2000.The 44-year-old has played some brilliant knocks in the tournament, hitting three fifties and hundreds each.advertisementHe hit a fluent 141* against the Proteas in the semifinals of the 2000 Champions Trophy followed by a 130-ball 117 in the final against the Black Caps. However, it went in vain as Chris Cairns and Chris Harris guided the team home in Nairobi with two balls to spare. He was in scintillating form throughout the tournament, hitting 348 runs from five matches, including two hundreds and a fifty.In the following two tournaments in 2002 and 2004, he was not as effective but was still among the top three run-getters for India with 143 runs (five matches) and 90 runs (two matches) respectively.The 2004 Champions Trophy in England was his last, where India got knocked out in the group stages itself that year.He remains India’s top run scorer in the tournament till now, 38 runs more than second placed Rahul Dravid, who has 627 runs to his name.ZAHEER KHANZaheer Khan leads the charts for India in the bowling department.The left-arm pacer has 15 wickets from nine matches.The Mumbaikar only played the tournament twice — in 2000 and 2002.On the first occasion, he was India’s second highest wicket-taker in the tournament with seven wickets from four matches while in the following edition, he lead the charts for India with eight wickets from five games. His best bowling figures are 4/45 against Zimbabwe in 2002.  He has one wicket more than second placed Sachin Tendulkar, who has 14 wickets to his name.However, his record is in danger as Jadeja is just three short from equalling his tally and will be aiming to overtake him once the tournament starts.last_img read more