ICC Champions Trophy: Important Facts you should know

This will be the first ICC Champions Trophy where former champions West Indies are not participating.

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The 8th edition of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is scheduled to begin in less than a week’s time when hosts England take on Bangladesh at The Oval in London.

The 8 team tournament to be played from the 1st to the 18th of June will be a Round Robin Tournament. While New Zealand and Australia join England and Bangladesh in Group A, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa constitute the Group B.

This will be the first ICC Champions Trophy where former champions West Indies are not participating. Before the start of the second most prestigious ICC tournament, let us take a glance back at its history and a few important facts:

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

The first tournament was named Wills International Cup.

1998

HOSTS: Bangladesh.

PARTICIPATING NATIONS: 9

Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies and Zimbabwe

FORMAT: Knock-Out from the Quarter Final Stage after the bottom ranked teams go head to head for the 8th spot.

FINALISTS: Republic of South Africa and West Indies.

WINNERS: Republic of South Africa.

HIGHEST RUN SCORER: Philo Wallace of the West Indies with 221 runs.

HIGHEST WICKET TAKER: Jacques Kallis of the Republic of South Africa with 8 wickets.

INTERESTING TRIVIA:
1.) Till date this is the only tournament where the hosts did not participate.
2.) This is the only ICC trophy RSA has won till date.
3.) Alistair Campbell became the first to score a century

ICC KnockOut Trophy: The second edition of the competition, the tournament was called the ICC KnockOut Trophy.

2000

HOSTS: Kenya

PARTICIPATING NATIONS: 11
Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bangladesh.

FORMAT: Knock-Out format with the bottom ranked 6 nations going head to head to join the top 5 in the Quarter Final Stage.

FINALISTS: New Zealand and India.

WINNERS: NEW ZEALAND.

HIGHEST RUN SCORER: Sourav Ganguly of India with 348 runs.

HIGHEST WICKET TAKER: Venkatesh Prasad of India with 8 wickets.

INTERESTING TRIVIA:
1.) This was the debut tournament for both Bangladesh and Kenya.
2.) Till date this is the only ICC tournament New Zealand has won.

Renaming to ICC Champions Trophy: From the 2002 tournament the tournament was renamed as ICC Champions Trophy.

2002

HOSTS: Sri Lanka

PARTICIPATING NATIONS: 12
Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bangladesh and Holland.

FORMAT: 4 Groups of 3; Group winners advance to the semis.

FINALISTS: Sri Lanka and India.

WINNERS: Joint Winners.

HIGHEST RUN SCORER: Virender Sehwag of India with 271 runs.

HIGHEST WICKET TAKER: Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka with 10 wickets.

INTERESTING TRIVIA:
1.) The only time there were no ultimate winners as both finals were washed away.
2.) This marked the debut tournament of Holland.

2004

HOSTS: England

PARTICIPATING NATIONS: 12
Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bangladesh and USA.

FORMAT: 4 Groups of 3; Group winners advance to the semis.

FINALISTS: West Indies and England.

WINNERS: West Indies.

HIGHEST RUN SCORER: Marcus Trescothick of England with 261 runs.

HIGHEST WICKET TAKER: Andrew Flintoff of England with 9 wickets.

INTERESTING TRIVIA:
1.) This was the first and only time USA participated in an ICC event.
2.) Ian Bradshaw and Courtney Browne’s record 9th wicket partnership of 71 took the Windies home. The later was born in England.
3.) Pakistan defeated India in an ICC tournament for the very first time in history.

2006

HOSTS: India

PARTICIPATING NATIONS: 10
Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

FORMAT: 2 Groups of 4; Group winners and runners advance to the semis; top 6 automatic qualification with the bottom 4 playing each team for the remaining two spots.

FINALISTS: West Indies and Australia.

WINNERS: Australia.

HIGHEST RUN SCORER: Chris Gayle of West Indies with 474 runs.

HIGHEST WICKET TAKER: Jerome Taylor of West Indies with 13 wickets.

INTERESTING TRIVIA:
1.) Australian became the first team to win the Champions Trophy in spite of losing a match.
2.) Jerome Taylor became the first bowler to pick a hat-trick in the competition’s history against Australia in the group game.

2009

HOSTS: Republic of South Africa

PARTICIPATING NATIONS: 8
Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies.

FORMAT: 2 Groups of 4; Group winners and runners advance to the semis.

FINALISTS: New Zealand and Australia.

WINNERS: Australia.

HIGHEST RUN SCORER: Ricky Ponting of Australia with 288 runs.

HIGHEST WICKET TAKER: Wayne Parnell of the Republic of South Africa with 11 wickets.

INTERESTING TRIVIA:
1.) Indian captain MS Dhoni picked up his first ODI wicket when he dismissed Trevor Dowlin of West Indies in the last group game.
2.) Unlike the previous gap of 2 years, this tournament was held after a gap of 3.

2013

HOSTS: England

PARTICIPATING NATIONS: 8
Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies.

FORMAT: 2 Groups of 4; Group winners and runners advance to the semis.

FINALISTS: India and England.

WINNERS: India

HIGHEST RUN SCORER: Shikhar Dhawan of India with 363 runs.

HIGHEST WICKET TAKER: Ravindra Jadeja of India with 12 wickets.

INTERESTING TRIVIA:
1.) The tournament returned after an absence of 4 years since the last edition.
2.) During the semi final match between India and Sri Lanka, Tamil Youth activists invaded the pitch with Tamil Eelam flags.
3.) England became the first country to host the tournament twice.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS:

MOST FINAL APPEARANCES: India and West Indies with 3 appearances each.

MOST WINS: Australia and India** with two wins each.

TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPATED TEAMS: 13

HIGHEST OVERALL RUN GETTER: Chris Gayle of the West Indies with 791 runs in 17 innings.

HIGHEST OVERALL WICKET TAKER: Kyle Mills of New Zealand with 28 wickets in 15 matches.

HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORE: Nathan Astle of New Zealand with 145* against USA in 2004.

BEST BOWLING FIGURES: Farveez Maharoof of Sri Lanka against West Indies in 2006 with 9-2-15-6.

HIGHEST RUN GETTER IN A SINGLE EDITION: Chris Gayle of West Indies with 474 runs in 2006.

HIGHEST WICKET TAKER IN A SINGLE EDITION: Jerome Taylor of West Indies with 13 wickets in 2006.

MOST CATCHES: Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka with 15 catches.

MOST DISMISSALS BY A KEEPER: Kumar Sangakara of Sri Lanka with 33 dismissals.

MOST MATCHES PLAYED: Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka with 22 matches each.

MOST MATCHES AS CAPTAIN: Ricky Ponting of Australia with 16.

HIGHEST TEAM TOTAL: New Zealand 347/4 against USA in 2004.

LOWEST TEAM TOTAL: USA 65/10 against Australia in 2004.

MOST NUMBER OF MATCHES PLAYED AS A TEAM: West Indies with 24.

MOST NUMBER OF WINS AS A TEAM: India with 15.

MOST NUMBER OF LOSSES AS A TEAM: Pakistan with 11.

** India won one tournament as joint winners.

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