Tendulkar’s performance was a masterpiece, Watson’s was pure happiness, de Silva’s was funny and economical, and Ntini’s was just brilliant. The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy was played in England and Wales. The top eight teams in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings were in the tournament. Even though cricket is a team sport that depends a lot on working together, there are times when a single player makes a big difference in the outcome of a match. In the next few paragraphs, post will talk about five of the most impressive at-bat and bowling performances in the tournament’s history as per new news about cricket:
- Sachin Tendulkar, India Vs. Australia, October 28, 1998, Dhaka –
Australia didn’t know that a single player would knock them out of the first ICC Champions Trophy (which used to be called the ICC KnockOut Trophy) in their first match. They had just won a three-match Test series against Pakistan by a score of 1-0. After getting India down to 8 for 2, the team led by Steve Waugh fell apart and couldn’t find a way to stop Sachin Tendulkar from hitting so well. At the Bangabandhu National Stadium, India’s first batter hit 13 fours and three sixes on his way to 141 runs and his 19th century in a One-Day International match. Tendulkar worked with Rahul Dravid (48) and Ajay Jadeja (71) to make partnerships of 100 runs or more, which helped India reach a huge 307 for 8 during their innings. Then he came back and used a mix of off-breaks and leg-breaks to trap the Australian batsmen in a spin web. So, he ended up taking 4 for 38, which helped India win by 44 runs.
- Jacques Kallis, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, Dhaka, October 30, 1998 –
Jacques Kallis struck as many as five sixes and as many as fours on his way to a spectacular 113* off of 107 deliveries before the rain stopped play in the semi-final match between South Africa and Sri Lanka. The match was won by South Africa, and they will now compete in the finals. He was the only player on either team to score more than 30, and he was the main reason South Africa got to 240 for 7 in 39 overs. South Africa’s total score was 240 for 7. He had a brilliant inning against a tough bowling attack on a hard surface while Kallis was still trying to get into the South African lineup. He did this by finding a nice mix between being careful and being aggressive. The result was that he had a great inning. As a direct result of this, he was victorious in the inning and received a berth in the starting lineup. The next time it was South Africa’s turn to bat, they ended up winning by a margin of 92 runs, while Sri Lanka eventually gave up after only reaching 132 in their innings. After claiming victory over the West Indies in the ICC’s championship match, South Africa made ICC history by being the first team to ever win a major title.
- Andy Flower, Zimbabwe vs India, September 14, 2002 in Colombo
Andy Flower scored one of the best One-Day International hundreds with 145 off 164 balls and 13 fours, but his team still lost by 14 runs to India’s 288 for 6 at the R Premadasa Stadium. At 87 for 5, India was in a lot of trouble, but Rahul Dravid (71) and Mohammad Kaif (111 not out) helped save the day. Andy didn’t hear back from anyone, but his older brother Grant (33) and his friend Guy Whittall gave him some good ideas (29). Because of this, Zimbabwe could only get a score of 274 out of 8.
- Shane Watson, Australia vs England on October 2, 2009 at Centurion –
“In 2009, when the Champions Trophy was held in South Africa, he finally felt like he belonged on the world stage. The last two games he has played in have not only made him a better player overall, but they also helped him get picked for the national team “Shane Watson, a member of the ICC, said it this way:
In the semi-final match in Centurion, Watson helped bowl England out for 257. He then hit 10 fours and 7 sixes on his way to 136 not out off 132 balls to lead his team to victory with almost eight overs to spare. Watson took two wickets, which helped England get out. He also helped England get out for 257. The fiery all-rounder and Ricky Ponting, who was still not out at 111 runs, hit 242 runs together to bring down England’s score quickly. After that, he scored another hundred (105*) in the final match, which helped Australia beat New Zealand and keep their title.
- Shikhar Dhawan, India vs South Africa –
Shikhar Dhawan set the tone for the 2013 competition by making his first century in one-day internationals during India’s win over South Africa in the first match of the season at Sophia Garden. The great left-handed batsman hit 114 runs off of only 94 balls. He and Rohit Sharma (65), who joined him at the crease, put on 127 runs for the first wicket, which was a great start for India. Twelve times, Dhawan found the fence, but only once did he climb over it. Ravindra Jadeja’s untroubled 47 off of 29 balls helped India reach their huge score of 331 as a direct result. Even though South Africa tried hard to win, they lost in the end by 26 runs. Dhawan was successful throughout the whole competition, so he got the golden bat for scoring the most runs (363 in five games). Because he was so important to India’s win at Edgbaston, Birmingham, he was chosen as the best player in the competition and given the prize.