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Champions Trophy 2017: Best Playing XI

Here is a look at the top performers of the tournament.

Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan
Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy concluded with the most unexpected ending. The least ranked side to have entered the competition ended up winning the coveted silverware against one of the favorites in the finals. Team Pakistan won their first ever Champions Trophy title by inflicting a heavy 180 run defeat on the Indian team. The tournament was indeed a roller coaster ride for them.

Well, truth be told, the tournament in itself was a spectacle that saw some of the most unexpected results – be it India losing to Sri Lanka, New Zealand losing to Bangladesh, or be it England losing to Pakistan. Efforts like these certainly do not happen every day. These require some moments of brilliance from individuals that lift the spirit of the entire unit. Champions Trophy 2017 saw the making of new heroes and at the same time, saw the big guns coming to the fore as well.

Here we pick the best Playing XI from all the teams from the 2017 edition of the tournament:

1. Shikhar Dhawan – India

Shikhar Dhawan of India
Shikhar Dhawan of India. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Shikhar Dhawan’s love affair with the ICC events continued in the tournament as well. He was the phenomenal force behind India’s success in the tournament. Dhawan had finished as the winner of the Golden bat last year. He managed to repeat his feat yet again as he ended up as the leading run scorer of the tournament.

He scored 338 runs in the 5 matches that he played at an average of 67.60. He batted with a strike rate of 101.80 and has 44 boundaries to his name – the most by any player in the tournament. Dhawan’s best effort had come against the Sri Lankn team when he had mustered 125 runs albeit in a losing cause.

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