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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Top 10 Rookies to Watch

Top 10 Players to Watch at Champions Trophy 2017

Top 10 Players to watch at ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Whether it´s the hype of India vs Pakistan match or the Australia vs England match, one thing is for sure that ICC´s showpiece event is just knocking the door. The 8-team ODI competition will be played in England & Wales from June 1-18. Teams at the 8th edition of ICC Champions Trophy are grouped into 2 pools: with Australia, England, New Zealand & Bangladesh in Group A and Pakistan, India, South Africa & Sri Lanka in group B. 

Top 10 Players to Watch at ICC Champions Trophy 2017

This event can be called as a real chance for the hosts to end up their Champions Trophy drought. Historically, Australia and India (defending champions) have dominated the mega-event with 2 titles each. Since the last event, many new players have impressed the world with their adeptness. So, this year´s event will be a chance for the rookies to compete with the best in the world.Here is our list of top 10 players to watch at ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

1- Shadab Khan (Pakistan)

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Top 10 Rookies to Watch

The Islamabad United´s 18-year old leg-spinner from Pakistan impressed the whole world at the PSL 2017. Batsmen were never fluent in assesing his varieties. His impactful performance paved way for his selection in the national team. He has got 10 wickets in the 4 T20Is; Shadab Khan has played so far, at an economy of 4.74. He is an impressive prospect for Pakistan cricket.

2- Jasprit Bumrah (India)

He got the limelight with his accurate yorkers bowled with a swirling action. Jasprit has got 22 wickets  with an economy of 4.89 & with an average of 21.68. He best performance was 22/4. In 24 T20Is, he has got 33 wickets with best figures of 11/3. His T20I bowling average is 17.79. In his IPL career, he has got 26 wickets in 32 games with the best figures of 13/3.

3- Asela Gunaratne (Sri Lanka)

With an impressive average of 35.44, Gunaratne, has scored 319 runs in 11 innings of 13 ODIs.He has one century to his name. On the other hand, he has got 10 wickets at an economy of 4.79. He is currently associated with Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017. In 8 T20Is, he has scored 185 runs at an average of 37 and with a strike rate of 137.04. In 4 test matches, he has scored 330 runs at an average of 47.14.

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4- Travis Head (Australia)

The 23-year old left-handed batsman from South Australia has an impactful track record in ODI cricket. Travis has scored 744 runs at an average of 37.2 in 22 games. He posseses a strike rate of 88.78 & the best score of 128. He has scored 5 fifties & 1 century. Along with his splended batting stats, he has also got 11 wickets at an economy of 5.75. In 7 T20Is, he has scored 147 runs at a strike rate of 155.55.

5- Sam Billings (England)

The right-handed English opener from Kent, Sam Billings, has played just 9 ODIs at an average of 29.88 & with a strike rate of 94.84. He has already scored 2 fifties. He represents Islamabad United in PSL. Sam Billings has scored 133 runs at a strike rate of 154.78 in the 9 innings of 10 games. The English hard-hitting opening pair of Sam Billings & Jason Roy will be a treat to watch in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

6- Dhawal Kulkarni (India)

Mumbai´s star bowler has got 19 wickets in 12 ODIs with an economy of 5.1. He has vast experience of playing IPL, with 73 wickets in 66 matches with the best figures of 14/4. His bowling average is 23.4. As bowling is considered as India´s historic weakness, the new bowling talent of India will be the key to India´s chances of winning the title.

7- Tim Paine (Australia)

The Australian middle-order batsman has scored 737 runs in 26 ODIs at an average of 29.48. He has scored 5 fifties & one century. His ODI best is 111. In 4 test matches, he has scored 287 runs at an average of 35.88.

8- Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)

The New Zealander All-rounder has scored 165 runs at an average of 33 in 7 innings of 9 ODIs. He has a strike rate of 97.63. He has got 7 wickets with economy of 5.26. In 6 test matches, he has got 16 wickets at an average of 25.56.  He has also scored 206 runs at an average of 25.75.

9- Dwaine Pretorius (South Africa)

With the best figures of 5/3, Dwaine Pretorius has got 12 wickets in 9 ODIs at an average of 25.33 and with the economy of 4.73. The South African pacer will be exposed to the best in the world at ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

10- Hardik Pandya (India)

The Mumbai Indians brilliant all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, got the limelight due to his performances at the IPL. He has scored 160 runs at an average of 53.33 in 7 matches, playing down the order. He has got 9 wickets with an economy of 5.8. His clean hard-hitting ability down the order helps his team in making some sound finishes. His IPL strike rate of 136.43 truly demonstrates his adeptness at hard-hitting.

Top 10 Players to Watch at ICC Champions Trophy 2017

  1. Shadab Khan (Pakistan)
  2. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
  3. Asela Gunaratne (Sri Lanka)
  4. Travis Head (Australia)
  5. Sam Billings (England)
  6. Dhawal Kulkarni (India)
  7. Tim Paine (Australia)
  8. Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)
  9. Dwaine Pretorius (South Africa)
  10. Hardik Pandya (India)

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