Champions Trophy 2013

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

A few key numbers from the Champions Trophy

S Rajesh

June 5, 2013

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Chris Gayle plays through the off side, Australia v West Indies, 2nd semi-final, World Twenty20 2012, Colombo, October 5, 2012
Chris Gayle has scored more runs than anyone else in the Champions Trophy, but his sixes count is four short of Sourav Ganguly's 17 © Associated Press

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

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Posted by   on (June 8, 2013, 6:03 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.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

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

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (June 6, 2013, 19:49 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 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.

Posted by smarteee2k on (June 6, 2013, 9:11 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...

Posted by Haleos on (June 6, 2013, 9:08 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.

Posted by Haleos on (June 6, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

@ Sathya1234 - Pray enlighten us as to why?

Posted by Shazli on (June 6, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

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

Posted by Naikan on (June 6, 2013, 7:14 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).

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (June 6, 2013, 6:19 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!

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