7)Sarfraz Ahmed (wk, capt)
The openers were both definite choices, based on their consistent run scoring. Shikhar Dhawan, the tournaments leading run scorer, partnered with Fakhar Zaman, who played the most impractical innings in the final. It would have been unfair to not add the tournaments third-highest run scorer, Tamim Iqbal, who despite failing to score in the only game his side won, took the bulk of the batting load on his shoulders. Virat Kohli had another fantastic tournament with bat in hand. Kane Williamson who was the consistent run scorer for New Zealand and scores the bulk of his teams runs, but we couldn’t look pass the master class batting of Joe Root.
With place for just one, this was the toughest to choose between immense players such as, Mohammed Hafeez, Shakib Al Hasan and Hardik Pandya. But with a century and a splendid bowling performance, it had to be Ben Stokes.
Wicket-keeper and Captain
After their disappointing opening match against India, Sarfraz Ahmed and his team picked up the pieces and turned their tournament around in the best manner by earning their first Champions Trophy title. With nine dismissals and an impractical batting contribution, it’s no surprise that Sarfraz takes this one comfortably.
Although the pitches were more batting friendly, we saw some emphatic bowling performances. Adil Rashid, who missed out in the first match, ended up as the spinner with the most wickets. Hasan Ali, the tournaments leading wicket-taker and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who shone with the ball for India. Jasprit Bumrah, for his exceptional bowling for India at the death.
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