List of Golden Bat winners in Champions Trophy
Shikhar Dhawan is the only batsman to win the golden bat twice.
Published - Jun 20, 2017 11:43 pm | Updated - Jun 20, 2017 11:43 pm
The Golden Bat is presented to the batsman with the most runs in the Champions Trophy, and there have constantly been Indian players in the list of top run-scorers. The 2017 edition of the tournament is no different, with India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan finding his way to the top of the list, despite competition from Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and India’s Rohit Sharma.
The first winner of the Golden Bat was West Indies’ right-handed batsman Philo Wallace, followed by India’ Sourav Ganguly, who won the title in the next year. India continued its trend of producing top batsmen in the Champions Trophy, with Virender Sehwag making it to the list in the 2002 title-winning campaign.
English skipper Marcus Trescothick found his place at the top of the chart during the 2004 season, while run-machine Chris Gayle found his place in the 2006 edition with 474 runs. Australia’s only representative in the list is the former skipper Ricky Ponting, whose 288 runs were enough to make him the top run-scorer in the 2009 edition.
From then, it has been an onslaught from the Indian southpaw Shikhar Dhawan, who has won the Golden Bat for consecutive Champions Trophy in England.
Here is a list of the leading run-scorer in each of the Champions Trophy thus far:
1. 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy- Philo Wallace (West Indies)
The stylish right-handed batsman made light worry of the bowlers in the inaugural edition of the Champions Trophy, which was called as the KnockOut Trophy and was played between the Test-playing nations. The opener from West Indies scored a huge hundred on the day it mattered, but his efforts went in vain as South Africa managed a narrow victory in the end.
It would, however, be difficult to forget the knocks from the stylish right-hand bat for the West Indies throughout the tournament. The right-hander scored a total of 221 runs in the three games he played in the tournament, with a high score of 103 against the Proteas in the final. However, his career came to a standstill within the next two years, as Wallace played his final game against the Proteas in 2000.