Champions Trophy 2013 June 5, 2013

Gayle's runs, Ganguly's sixes, and Watson's ducks

A few key numbers from the Champions Trophy
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12-5 - Australia's win-loss record in the Champions Trophy, the best among all teams. They've won each of their last eight completed matches, starting from their second match of the 2006 edition. By contrast, in their first nine matches in Champions Trophy, they'd lost five and won four. The last time Australia lost a Champions Trophy match was in their first game of the 2006 tournament, when West Indies beat them by 10 runs in Mumbai. Australia are the only team with a win-loss ratio of more than two in the Champions Trophy - the next-best is India's 1.67.

12* - Matches won by West Indies in the Champions Trophy, the most by any side. Apart from winning the tournament in 2004, they also reached the final in 1998 (lost to South Africa) and 2006 (lost to Australia). However, West Indies have lost nine, which is also the highest by any side in this tournament. Zimbabwe have lost nine as well, and they haven't won a single match.

26 - The number of 50-plus scores by England and India, the most by any team in the Champions Trophy. Australia have 25, while South Africa and West Indies have 23 each. India, Sri Lanka and West Indies lead in terms of hundreds, with six each. Among the individual batsmen, Sourav Ganguly, Chris Gayle and Herschelle Gibbs have three each.

12 - The number of Champions Trophy matches Australia have won under Ricky Ponting's leadership, the most by a captain in this tournament. Australia have played only two matches when Ponting hasn't been captain, and they've lost them both, against India in 1998 and 2000.

695 - Gayle's aggregate in Champions Trophy matches, the highest among all batsmen. Three others have scored more than 600, but none of them are playing the tournament this year - Sourav Ganguly (665), Jacques Kallis (653) and Rahul Dravid (627). Among those playing this tournament, the next-best after Gayle is Mahela Jayawardene's 574.

24 - Muttiah Muralitharan's wickets tally in Champions Trophy, the most for any bowler. Murali took those wickets in 17 matches, at an average of 20.16 and an economy rate of 3.60. Kyle Mills is the joint second-highest along with Brett Lee, and needs only three more wickets to go past Murali's mark.

17 - The number of sixes struck by Ganguly, the most by any batsman in Champions Trophy matches. A couple of batsmen playing in the current edition could go past that mark: Gayle is second with 13 sixes, while Watson has 12.

4 - The number of ducks for Watson in 12 innings in Champions Trophy games, the most ducks for any player in the tournament. However, Watson has also scored two hundreds and two fifties, thanks to which his overall tournament average is 52.37, at a strike rate of 84.98.

13 - The record for most wickets in a single Champions Trophy edition, by Jerome Taylor in 2006. Farveez Maharoof took 12 in the same edition, while Wayne Parnell (in 2009) and Lasith Malinga (in 2006) took 11 each.

210 - The biggest margin of victory, in terms of runs, in the Champions Trophy. New Zealand beat USA by that margin in 2004. The biggest margin in terms of balls remaining was also in that edition against USA, when Australia beat them with 253 balls to spare.

252 - The biggest partnership in Champions Trophy matches, by Ponting and Watson against England in Centurion in 2009. The only other double-century partnership was also at the same edition and same venue - 206 by Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf against India.

* June 6 2.45pm The matches won by West Indies stat has been corrected

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Emancipator007 on June 6, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Amazing thing is Ganguly despite playing only till 2004 Champions Trophy (not allowed by Greg-RD combine to play in 2006) still holds most of the records almost 10 years on!most 6s,most 100s,top runs aggregate, innings average, 4s hit and he practically owned the 2000 CT but for the Cairns' blitz in Finals. Sometimes, some players just revel in big tournaments irrespective of domestic and past present playing form. Kallis too has a wonderful CT record.

  • on June 8, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    While there is no doubting that Ganguly could hit sixes, one needs to remember, against whom? Could he come down the wicket and swat a Brett Lee or a Dale Steyn as a MSD can? The answer is no. He prowess was limited to spinners, left arm spinners and leg spinners, specifically.Sachin too during the early part of his career effortlessly loft fast bowlers for straight sixes, after making room outside the leg stump. He for reasons best known to him stopped lofting after the 1999 world cup,as often.

  • on June 7, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    West Indies has won the same number of matches as Australia. So They have not won "the most " by any side

  • Unmesh_cric on June 6, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    The people who haven't watched Ganguly during ODI matches between 1997 to 2002 would never understand what a great ODI player he was. During this time, dare I say, he was as good as Tendulkar in ODI matches. And about his six hitting ability..here is just a comparison to show what a good six-hitter he was. Again, nothing to take away from Sachin; but Sachin played 463 ODI matches and hit 195 sixes. Ganguly played only 311 matches (~150 matches less), but hit 190 sixes! As some of comments said before, Ganguly's sixes were effortless. He used to dance down the pitch and lift the spinners way back into the stands with minimum fuss. Unfortunately, a lot of the current young viewers never got to see Ganguly in the late 90s and early 2000s. Ganguly-Tendulkar opening was one of the best ODI opening pairs in the ODI history.

  • smarteee2k on June 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I wonder those who are so amazed to see Ganguly's record for sixes are just born kids... playing in the backyard with Papa...

  • Haleos on June 6, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @@fr600 - Ganguly was one of the cleanest six hitter unlike the current ODI record holder for most sixes who hits it miles in the air but gets out within the 30 yard circle. That is LOL.

  • Haleos on June 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @ Sathya1234 - Pray enlighten us as to why?

  • Taha_Farrukh on June 6, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I am sorry. The whole article says nothing about Pakistan, yet the link title says "Pakistan are favorites"? Based on what?

  • Naikan on June 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Thanks for all that interesting info BTW, very few people may have expected Dravid to be up there on the list. Even the article makes a miss of his 6 50s, which are the highest - along with Ganguly's 50+ scores (3 100s + 3 50s).

  • Kak-mal_Khan on June 6, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Pakistan are favourites to provide exciting matches of the tournament, that goes without say - but Pakistan favourites to win? Has anyone been following Pak cricket for the past 20 years?? The Pakistan team is cricket version of Harlem Globetrotters & Cirque du Soleil rolled into one, can entertain the crowd with death defying running between the wickets and the occasional ball trick not to mention the nonsensical batting at in appropriate moments. One warm-up win against SA does not make us favourites, we tied and narrowly won against Ireland the other day!

  • Emancipator007 on June 6, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Amazing thing is Ganguly despite playing only till 2004 Champions Trophy (not allowed by Greg-RD combine to play in 2006) still holds most of the records almost 10 years on!most 6s,most 100s,top runs aggregate, innings average, 4s hit and he practically owned the 2000 CT but for the Cairns' blitz in Finals. Sometimes, some players just revel in big tournaments irrespective of domestic and past present playing form. Kallis too has a wonderful CT record.

  • on June 8, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    While there is no doubting that Ganguly could hit sixes, one needs to remember, against whom? Could he come down the wicket and swat a Brett Lee or a Dale Steyn as a MSD can? The answer is no. He prowess was limited to spinners, left arm spinners and leg spinners, specifically.Sachin too during the early part of his career effortlessly loft fast bowlers for straight sixes, after making room outside the leg stump. He for reasons best known to him stopped lofting after the 1999 world cup,as often.

  • on June 7, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    West Indies has won the same number of matches as Australia. So They have not won "the most " by any side

  • Unmesh_cric on June 6, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    The people who haven't watched Ganguly during ODI matches between 1997 to 2002 would never understand what a great ODI player he was. During this time, dare I say, he was as good as Tendulkar in ODI matches. And about his six hitting ability..here is just a comparison to show what a good six-hitter he was. Again, nothing to take away from Sachin; but Sachin played 463 ODI matches and hit 195 sixes. Ganguly played only 311 matches (~150 matches less), but hit 190 sixes! As some of comments said before, Ganguly's sixes were effortless. He used to dance down the pitch and lift the spinners way back into the stands with minimum fuss. Unfortunately, a lot of the current young viewers never got to see Ganguly in the late 90s and early 2000s. Ganguly-Tendulkar opening was one of the best ODI opening pairs in the ODI history.

  • smarteee2k on June 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I wonder those who are so amazed to see Ganguly's record for sixes are just born kids... playing in the backyard with Papa...

  • Haleos on June 6, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @@fr600 - Ganguly was one of the cleanest six hitter unlike the current ODI record holder for most sixes who hits it miles in the air but gets out within the 30 yard circle. That is LOL.

  • Haleos on June 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @ Sathya1234 - Pray enlighten us as to why?

  • Taha_Farrukh on June 6, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I am sorry. The whole article says nothing about Pakistan, yet the link title says "Pakistan are favorites"? Based on what?

  • Naikan on June 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Thanks for all that interesting info BTW, very few people may have expected Dravid to be up there on the list. Even the article makes a miss of his 6 50s, which are the highest - along with Ganguly's 50+ scores (3 100s + 3 50s).

  • Kak-mal_Khan on June 6, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Pakistan are favourites to provide exciting matches of the tournament, that goes without say - but Pakistan favourites to win? Has anyone been following Pak cricket for the past 20 years?? The Pakistan team is cricket version of Harlem Globetrotters & Cirque du Soleil rolled into one, can entertain the crowd with death defying running between the wickets and the occasional ball trick not to mention the nonsensical batting at in appropriate moments. One warm-up win against SA does not make us favourites, we tied and narrowly won against Ireland the other day!

  • latecut_04 on June 6, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    I would say NZ are favorites,Pakistan definitely has best bowling attack(adding Ajmal to the mix)but their batting cannot be trusted.I just get a feeling Misbah could have a grafting,calming influence on PAk brittle batting and if that happens that will be the beginning of a new era in Pak cricket..Already Misbah has led Pak well taking over after controversial circumstances...

  • MudassirAH on June 6, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    India/Pakistan and England are favorites...........Good Luck India...but Indian bowling is weak and Indian Batsmen also have to adjust with the Fast seaming pitches over there..

  • Sathya1234 on June 6, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    India Vs Pakistan in Finals...But this time Pakistan will win the Champions Tropy 2013..........

  • black_bird on June 6, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    @ Dhutugemunu. India weak bowling lineup?. did you see, aus was all out at 65?. they have the best bowling lineup right now.

  • malik-muhammad-basit on June 6, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    i think no team is favourite is this tournament all the teams are equally balances.a team which will play good will won but no favourites

  • on June 6, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Yes.. Pakistan will do it this time insha allah..

  • RasCric on June 6, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    I am sorry. The whole article says nothing about Pakistan, yet the link title says "Pakistan are favorites"? Based on what?

  • Greatest_Game on June 6, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    This tournament is wide open. There is no favorite, and surprisingly, no one rates New Zealand. Wath out for them, they are a very good ODI team and are on a high after taking the ODI series vs England. A good attack, and 3 very explosive batsmen. They have as good a chance as any.

  • Greatest_Game on June 6, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Mr. Rajesh missed one other significant statistic.

    1 - The number of players who have scored a century and taken a five wicket haul in a single tournament. This happened in the first Champions Trophy, in 1998. It was a very short tournament - the finalists only played 3 matches. The same player won 2 player of the match awards, the player of the tournament award, and his team won the tournament. It was the 23 year old Jacques Kallis, batting at no. 5, who scored 113*, at a strike rate of 113, in an innings that included 5 fours & five sixes. In the final he took 5 for 30, short circuiting the Windies innings from 5-193 to 245 all out.

    SA's only ICC silverware - courtesy of JH Kallis.

  • shacs on June 6, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Going by the trend set previously by Brazil,Aus - yellow... It is the 'Red' -time with Spain,Bayern and Man-U.... and that is why Eng in Reds will win.... But the NZ team jersey looks very well designed.... Have Aus adorning Baggy green Jersey won any tournament? Why Eng and NZ played an ODI series just prior to CL when they are in same group is baffling !!! that too when no other team got competitive matches.. With Eng winning T20 last year, all participating teams have won at least one WC Trophy Aus - 4 WC - 2 CT - Eng - 1 T20 WC IND - 2 WC - 1 CT - 1 T20 WC NZ - 1 CT PAK - 1 WC - 1 T20 WC SA - 1 CT SL - 1 WC 1 CT WI - 2 WC - 1 CT - 1 T20 WC

  • Desihungama on June 6, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    How in the world are Pakistan favorites? Ind/WI/Eng/SA are looking good to win. In a big game, Pak will not be able to chase ANYTHING. This from Pak fan.

  • on June 6, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    No team is consider favourites.New Zeland and India are currently playing well under the English conditions.There is not much from the other teams.While England seems to be the favourite the New Zelanders have prove them otherwise.

  • spiritwithin on June 6, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    @asim229..i will say that u are under-estimating your team,they are one of the contender to take the final 4 places..india despite the results in practice matches will still struggle due to our poor bowling attack and we all know how our batsman gets frightened by swing and pace,my final four teams are Australia,Pakistan,SA and NZ

  • on June 6, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Inida is going to win.....

  • on June 6, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    @ Laeeq Ahmed Of course Pakistan is favourite.WI will be out inside 200 runs.Pakistan will score 250 runs.

  • Jayzuz on June 6, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    All those predicting the winner or semi-finalists are foolish. There is no clear favourite, and any of 8 teams could win it. The big surprise for me has been the wickets, as dry and barren as ever seen in England. Why organisers would do this is completely beyond me, as it gives a great advantage to sub-continent teams and hurts England the most, as their team is basically a test team. Given how India has repeatedly shafted touring teams in recent years by coughing up outrageous dustbowls, this is extremely generous indeed.

  • Prasad_Reddy on June 5, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Is the title of this article and content match? Not sure what was the criteria to say Pakistan is Favorite? I think I'm with Dhutu,his analysis seems almost correct.

  • PakFan0786 on June 5, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket Who are you agreeing with, no one said that you silly billy

    Looking forward to this tournament, any of the 8 teams could take home the trophy, that's what I like to see, exciting, unpredictable cricket!!!

    Though I would like to see New Zealand do well, a good team that never wins any trophies.

    Whoever said that Pakistan is favorite is just trying to put the bogie on them (meaning to give them bad luck), hope that does not happen

    Anyway good luck to Pakistan and may the best team win :-)

  • on June 5, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    With misbah captaincy I am pretty sure pak is going to win

  • SDCLFC on June 5, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    I wouldn't have identified Ganguly as a six-hitter, I saw him more as a nudger with some flash. But that's from seeing him at test-cricket. Saw very little of him in limited overs cricket and none of what he played on the sub-continent.

  • bharath74 on June 5, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Ganguly sixes were effortless. I think there are no favorites in this tournament. None of the teams are in their prime form.

  • on June 5, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Pakistan a favorite? They dont have experienced players for them in the team right now. No disrespect to them but considering the strength on paper, it has to be SA that are clear favorites. Faf, Amla, AB, Miller, Steyn, Morkel. The first 3 can bat for 40 overs and score 200+ runs. Miller can post 100 runs in another 7 overs. Steyn and Morkel, 20 overs each, with an economy rate of 4 each wud give the opponents a total of 80 runs/6 wickets. Match won. Snare roll.

    Other favorites have to be NZ > India > Aus > Eng > SL

  • on June 5, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @fr600 Why is it unnatural that Ganguly has more sixes than anyone else in the Champions Trophy so far? He is well-known as a six-hitter, especially against the spinners. He's at #5 on a list of top ODI six-hitters (see http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283123.html).

    Forgotten about Ganguly so soon? Its only been a couple of years since he retired.

  • asim229 on June 5, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    I dont think pak will even make it to to the semis. For me the possible semi finalists will be from WestIndies, India, Newzealand, SA, and England. It may be a blessing in disguise for pakistan because then there will be a reason to say goodbye to misbah and company and will open the doors for the young talented batsmen to be groomed for 2015 WC.

  • SaadRocx on June 5, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    PAK definately not the favs (by any means for the trophy) sorry but it would be the height of optimism if we back them to win ct2013...considering outof form ajmal,young inexperienced pace attack,mediocre fielding,mediocre wicket keeper, ,pathetic batting order,no big pinch hitter etc. every thing is against pak,and it would be delusional and unreal if we put high hopes with this team considering how we struggled against ireland and SA series & CT is in England.We should be happy reaching semis (pak fan )!!

  • Rahul17_1983 on June 5, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    @Zinda Dil.U r ready nt me or others

  • Dhutugemunu on June 5, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    There are no favorites for this CT right now. SA without big names, Ind weak bowling attack, Eng not that tough as on paper, Aus/Pak/SL/WI/NZ pretty inconsistent. Any 2 teams from each group can reach Semis.

  • xylo on June 5, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    The stats indicate that this Champions Trophy indicates a generational shift!

  • fr600 on June 5, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    LOL @ Ganguly's sixes and Watson's ducks... so unnatural.

  • Raza.Abbas on June 5, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket:

    Nice humor boy :) i think you are an indian

  • on June 5, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Pakistan Favorites. I don't believe this. !!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 5, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    in this tournament,some people are not considering WI.it is to be said to those that WI are the second most successfull team (champ 1, runners up 2) after aussies.My pick for this tournament grp a-1.SA,2.WI/PAK nd grp b-1.ENG,2.AUS/SL.SA probably end as a grp champion but may go out from semis.WI if and only if they reach semis,they could be the finisher.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on June 5, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Good Luck-Pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jags_700 on June 5, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Nice one... this is a great stats page to follow before the start of the tournament.

  • on June 5, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    why are we scratching this tournament I would rather watch this every year than ipl.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on June 5, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    I agree Pakistan and Srilanka are firm favorites to EXIT in the first round :)

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on June 5, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    I agree Pakistan and Srilanka are firm favorites to EXIT in the first round :)

  • on June 5, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    why are we scratching this tournament I would rather watch this every year than ipl.

  • jags_700 on June 5, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Nice one... this is a great stats page to follow before the start of the tournament.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on June 5, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Good Luck-Pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 5, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    in this tournament,some people are not considering WI.it is to be said to those that WI are the second most successfull team (champ 1, runners up 2) after aussies.My pick for this tournament grp a-1.SA,2.WI/PAK nd grp b-1.ENG,2.AUS/SL.SA probably end as a grp champion but may go out from semis.WI if and only if they reach semis,they could be the finisher.

  • on June 5, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Pakistan Favorites. I don't believe this. !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Raza.Abbas on June 5, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket:

    Nice humor boy :) i think you are an indian

  • fr600 on June 5, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    LOL @ Ganguly's sixes and Watson's ducks... so unnatural.

  • xylo on June 5, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    The stats indicate that this Champions Trophy indicates a generational shift!

  • Dhutugemunu on June 5, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    There are no favorites for this CT right now. SA without big names, Ind weak bowling attack, Eng not that tough as on paper, Aus/Pak/SL/WI/NZ pretty inconsistent. Any 2 teams from each group can reach Semis.