Champions Trophy 2013

Team of the tournament

A Champions Trophy composite XI as selected by ESPNcricinfo writers

Andrew McGlashan

June 24, 2013

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Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his second consecutive ODI century, India v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval, June 11, 2013
Shikhar Dhawan's batting was a key component of India winning the Champions Trophy © Getty Images
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As you would expect in a short, sharp tournament, the two sides who reached the final provide the bulk of the XI for the this team. Three players were unanimous among the ESPNcricinfo writers polled - Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson - while the most uncertainty surrounded the second opener, then positions six and eight.

Shikhar Dhawan - 363 runs @ 90.75, S/R 101.39
Barely put a foot wrong throughout the tournament. Began with commanding back-to-back hundreds against South Africa and West Indies and had a lowest score of 31 in the 20-over final. Flourishing a little later in his career than some India batsmen, but now looks primed for a long stint in the top-order and his re-emergence has helped the transition from Virender Sehwag. Immensely strong through the off side although may yet have to work on playing the short ball. No close challenger for the golden bat and also named Player of the Tournament.

Alastair Cook - 161 runs @ 32.20, S/R 78.92
Just edged out Rohit Sharma to be Dhawan's opening partner. He was not quite at his best with the bat, although the 47-ball 64 against New Zealand was an innings that helped keep England's tournament alive. As a captain he grew during the event, maintaining his focus while issues such as David Warner's punch at Joe Root and the ball-tampering accusations reared their heads. His next challenge is to move on from the disappointment of the final.

Jonathan Trott - 229 runs @ 57.25, S/R 91.60
The source of many column inches and hours of airwave debate about his approach, but he performed the role he was selected for close to perfection. The harping about his strike rate is, on the evidence of this tournament, a little misguided too, as he ticked over at 91 runs per 100 balls. Looked in supreme touch during the semi-final and final; his dismissal against India was a vital moment.

Kumar Sangakkara - 222 runs @ 74.00, S/R 80.14
Played one of the standout innings of the tournament with an unbeaten 134 against England and was the only batsmen to stand up to New Zealand in Sri Lanka's opening match. As always, he was a joy to watch when playing through the off side or straight down the ground. Continues to shoulder a heavy burden in ODIs, with the keeping role and as an experienced helping hand for Angelo Mathews.

Misbah-ul-Haq (capt) - 173 runs @ 86.50, S/R 73.61
The captain of a sinking ship. If it wasn't for Misbah, Pakistan would have struggled to reach triple figures; his unbeaten 96 against West Indies was a fabulous rearguard innings, which almost gave his side enough runs to play with. He divides opinion back home for some of his captaincy decisions (although he is not the first cricketer to do that) but there do not appear many better batsmen vying for a place at the moment.

Ravi Bopara - 118 runs @ 59.00, S/R 137.20 & 6 wickets @ 22.00, Econ 5.50
Became key to England's side after they rebalanced the attack instead of going with five frontline bowlers - although Bopara showed he was not far off being classed as such. His striking in the middle-order helped compensate for the struggles of Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler. Was on the verge of being the player of the final, but after three wickets could not quite absorb the pressure and see his team home. His international career, though, is revived.

Ravindra Jadeja - 80 runs, S/R 148.14 & 12 wickets @ 12.83, Econ 3.75
A mixture of sliders, changes of pace and some which turned sharply made Jadeja a potent threat with the ball when he, perhaps, would not have been expected to play a major role in the tournament. He flummoxed West Indies with his 5 for 36 and also conceded just 3.75 runs per over. His powerful hitting down the order was rarely needed, but he delivered when required: his innings against South Africa and, especially, in the final against England were match-winners. It was fitting that he also had a crucial role to play with the ball to secure the trophy. Finished with the golden ball as leading wicket-taker.

R Ashwin - 8 wickets at 22.62, Econ 4.41
Grew into the tournament on pitches that were increasingly responsive to spin. His parsimony in bowling four overs for 15 in the final was accompanied by the crucial wicket of Jonathan Trott but his contributions in the field were just as important, taking a sharp slip chance and two catches in two balls during the match-turning 18th over.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 6 wickets @ 22.83, Econ 3.91
Kumar's whippy, well-controlled seamers provided excellent control early in an innings for MS Dhoni. He had the lowest economy rate among pace bowlers to have sent down at least 20 overs in the tournament.

James Anderson - 11 wickets @ 13.72, Econ 4.08
The classiest pace bowler on show. His opening spell in the semi-final was of the highest calibre (his set-ups of Colin Ingram and Robin Peterson were textbook) and he did not have a poor match. His ability to switch from outswinger to inswinger at will, and without losing control, was exceptional. Was one of the few bowlers who was able to move the Kookaburra.

Mitchell McClenaghan - 11 wickets @ 13.09, Econ 6.04
Used very intelligently by Brendon McCullum as an out-and-out strike bowler, sending down short, sharp bursts which rarely failed to provide the wickets that were required, akin to what Geoff Allott achieved at the 1999 World Cup. His economy rate often reflected his attacking approach, but he had the pace and bounce to trouble batsmen and his emergence has added to New Zealand's strong hand of pace bowlers.

The ICC team of the tournament, incidentally, chosen by a five-strong selection panel, was: Dhawan, Trott, Sangakkara, Kohli, Misbah, Dhoni, Jadeja, McLaren, Kumar, Anderson, McCleneghan.

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Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Its a good team based on the performances in the tournament but misbah is not a very good captain and you've overlooked Cook who was second only to Dhoni in terms of captaincy in ct13 as well as Sagakarra

Posted by Theoden on (June 26, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

Well, Misbah ul Haque is the defensive captain with very little imagination and creativity. His tactics have cost Pakistan some matches as he plays for safety first. MSD instinct to let Ishant Sharma bowl 18th over in the finals resulted in the championship. It was a gutsy and well calculated move. MSD should have been the captain of this team. Misbah could have come in as a batsman but definitely not as the captain.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

I am surprised with the selection of Alistair Cook. If you are completely reliant on statistics then Rohit Sharma scored more runs and provided a better start most of the times. Then you go on and make Misbah captain while you have Alistair Cook in the side, who was only second best to Dhoni.

Posted by Zeyad68 on (June 26, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

But in ICC Team we r missing a geneiune opner n other things looks gud

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

wow, how is this the ICC team without dhoni, he made team look very strong, he should be included in this, yes misbah is very good player but he dint manage his team to win at least one match

Posted by Aksh83 on (June 26, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

What a illogical team selection by Cricinfo..Misbah is not evn acceptable by his own team who will accept him as their captain this eleven..second blunder is Dhoni's omission..Stupid selection...

Posted by Unniambady on (June 26, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

How often you see 3 Indian bowlers in a world XI

Posted by bonaku on (June 26, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

No MSD, it is not a good team. Just because of him, India won the Trophy. Andrew, please go back to drawing board and redo your home work pls.

Posted by Mojac on (June 26, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

I agree that these batsmen were the best performing in this tournament, but how can you have a batting line up of Cook, Trot, Sangakara, Misbah along with Shikar. This reminds me of the RCB team for the 1st IPL, Jaffer, Dravid, Chandrapaul, Kallis....

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Misbah is glaring misplace,captain- MSD anytime or even give it to Cook Mclaren/N Mccullum good options ,not happy with Ashwin as well

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

While the above selection is Statistically correct.. it is ridiculous to have Misbah as captain.. None of his strategies worked and he himself was warped. I would still bet on MSD to be the Wicki and Captain. He just didnt score runs because the openers did the job.

Posted by blue_kings on (June 26, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

The whole selection is correct except for the inclusion of Misbah and that too as a captain.. Though he played brilliantly, he was not a captain material to lift the moral of the team after a loss to WI in their opening match...

On other hand I am amazed to see ESPN missing out Dhoni's selection whose bold bowling changes, impeccable field placement and changing gears to perfection made him the better among the best opponents.

If observed, Trott opening up with Shikher and followed by Virat seems to provide better stability to the team with Sanga, Dhoni, Bopara, Jadeja to follow you can't get any better...

Leghlan was the most unplayable bowler and was rightly rewarded too. Anderson as always is on the top of his game..

All in all.. ESPNcricinfo \\m// u rock..

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

LOL misba capt over Dhoni...yea...one team was undefeated...the other was 0/3. Makes sense! Dhoni won with a largely untested Indian squad with an avg. age of 24, show me a cpt in todays cricket that can pull that off, not to mention hes probably the best no5 bastmen in ODI as well as one of the best hands around with the gloves.

Posted by Sanghimangi on (June 26, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

Omission of Dhoni in cricinfo team must have clarified atleast in a line...

Posted by satishrk on (June 26, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

WTH !! Where is the main ingredient of the best team ?? MSD ?? Dont joke by including Misbah.. he may be a good batsman, but what captaincy qualities were observed in him.. just to include one person from a particluar team, you dont play around with the role. Completely disagree withe captain selection & exclusion of Dhoni, the strategist

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (June 25, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

Seriously?! Where's the fulcrum of your team? Dhoni? When you have a combined team of XI players, you would first pick Dhoni and then the rest. He can change a match on its head singlehandedly with his unparalleled captaincy and unique batting. Wicket keeping is a bonus, too good to ignore.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

@championz: although you have every right to be disappointed with the performance of Pakistan team, you should never give up on your team mate.We passed through similar situations as well. every team goes through a lean patch but they will come back soon.Just drop non performing players be it seniors or youngsters and select some technically correct batsman. Pakistan team will have every chance to fight for WC 2015 title. But I have to say that I am still jealous of your bowling resources though.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

You have got to be kidding me. I aint a hater but Misbah for captain? Specially after the way he approached chases, lost all 3 matches? What are the grounds he should deserve that. MSD has proved beyond doubt that he can manage his resources much better than anyone. Yes people like Shikhar Dhawan do make captains life easier but he has been exceptional at bowling changes to ensure they restrict the opposition. Just because he had a good side doesnt make him any less of a captain. A good side is nothing without a good leader.

Posted by Championz on (June 25, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

I would like to see Imran Farhat Opening the batting for the team of the tournament because he has the ability to demoralize his team from the start of tha match.

Keeper should be Kamran Akmal and you all know the obvious reason behind it, he alone dropped so many catches in his career which Gilly, MSD, Sanga havent dropped all together.

I am a Pakistani and I am so much disappointed by the performance of my team.

Misbah is always Hero on the loosing side, he only plays well when the Victory is impossible and he only add runs to his own account, never played for the team.

he also dont know any thing about captaincy always relying on the advice of so called Proffessor Dunger who himself dont know how to hold the bat and which ball to leave :@

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

My team to play against India based on performance in ICC tournament:

Dilshan (opener) Gayle (opener)

Trott (Batsman) Sangakarra (Wk/batsman) Misbah (Batsman)

Bopara (All rounder) McLaren (All rounder)

McLeghlan (Pacer) Anderson (Pacer)

N McCullum (spinner) Herath (spinner)

Would have liked to pick Steyn, Ajmal and Narine but couldn't based on their performance in the cup. Misbah was the only captain who qualified based on his performance so I would have to make him a captain!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

No way! This team looks incomplete without MS Dhoni. Any day, he is a better captain than Misbah. On the list he is short of runs just because he didn't get enough chance to bat, as the top order was firing frequently.

Posted by ok2307 on (June 25, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

@ShanO111 -- A good batsman need not be a good captain. Sachin Tendulkar has been the best batsman to have ever played ODI cricket, Misbah is no where close to him. But Sachin was not a successful captain. So the bottomline - Misbah might be in the XI as a batsman but he can't be the captain if there are better players to do the job. Dhoni was the best captain in the tournament and also a great keeper. His failure with the bat does not imply he was in bad touch since the top order fired in almost every match and Dhoni did not have much chance to bat. Dhoni's unconventional tricks can not be anticipated. For example his decision to bowl out the seamers against SL, give the pads to DK and have a bowl in seamer friendly conditions, have aswin bowl 10 overs on the trot, clever bowling changes and ability to lead a young, inexperienced side to win the title etc makes him the best person to lead the team. Can we even imagine these things from Misbah!? He is hardly a motivator.

Posted by ShanO111 on (June 25, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

Misbah earned his place based of his consistency at his batting position............ Actually all players were selected position wise and Misbah was the best of all on his position i.e. No. 5.......... For captaincy role, the battle was between COOK n MISBAH but although Cook got in the eleven ahead of better averaged Rohit Sharma and was not so good with the bat apart from his one innings against New Zealand while Misbah was at this best all through the tournament so named Captain and deservedly so.........

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

ICC XI is more balanced and gives a better winning combination than ESPN Cricinfo XI. Sadly, cricinfo guys did a poor job this time by including Cook and making Misbah the captain. I concur with the ICC XI - Dhawan, Trott, Sangakkara, Kohli, Misbah, Dhoni, Jadeja, McLaren, Kumar, Anderson, McCleneghan

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

My team of the CT 1 Dhawan 2 Cook 3 Sanga 4 Trott 5 Misbah 6 Dhoni 7 Bopara 8 Jadeja 9 mills 10 Anderson 1 B kumar

Posted by ok2307 on (June 25, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Misbah for captain - seriously!?? I think the team is based on the performances in the CT alone, and thats why the likes of Kohli do not find a place. Misbah had a great tournament as a batsman and maybe that warrants him a place in the playing XI, but Dhoni also had a great tournament as a captain and wicket keeper and he scored less runs since he had less opportunities with the top order firing in every match. Dhoni led his team to 5 wins in 5 matches, became the only captain to win all 3 ICC tournaments. His record as a captain in the CT is for everyone to see. Misbah on the other hand could not guide his team to win even a single match. Would Misbah be able to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat like Dhoni did against England in the final? I doubt - since he has taken his team close to the finish line so many times only to falter in the end! I am sorry but Dhoni deserves to be in the XI and the captain ahead of Misbah.

Posted by vrkp on (June 25, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

My World XI (from players in this tournement) to play against the India team which won the trophy: 1. Amla 2. B McCullum (WK & C) 3. Trott 4. Sanga 5. Joe Root 6. Bopara 7. Ryan Mclaren 8. Tredwell 9. MJ McClenaghan 10. Anderson 11. Malinga

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (June 25, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

I find it strange that Cook has been chosen as an opener ahead of Rohit Sharma. Sharma scored more runs than Cook with a better average. Except for the final (which was actually a T20 fixture), he consistently put up at least half-century partnership with Dhawan in all 4 games. This consistency in opening partnership was the main reason for India's smooth march towards the final. If you hold Sharma's failure in the final against him, Cook also failed in the final. If you have to drop Sharma, make Trott open the inning with Dhawan and pick somebody like Kane Williamson or Kohli in the middle order. Sorry, but Cook doesn't deserve a place in the Champions Trophy XI. He can be the 12th man.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Cook doesn't deserve to be in that list.You need to have a player who was good in consistency. my team 1. Dhawan 2. rohit 3. sangakkara 4. trott 5. misbah 6. kohli 7. jadeja 8. mclaren 9. ashwin 10. mccleghan 11. bhuvanesh 12th man anderson

Posted by ttap on (June 25, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Currently, my best ODI team- H.M. Amla, S Watson, J Trott, V Kohli, A.B. de Villiers, MS Dhoni(Wk & cap), Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Hafeez/R.A. Jadeja, Narine, Anderson, S Finn. Watson will be the 3rd fast baller.

Posted by smilesankar on (June 25, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

In the absence of MSD, this is definitely not a Winning XI

Posted by MaximusSparta on (June 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

if cook , misbah make it to XI. why cannot Kohli and sharma ..XI should be: Shikhar, Kohli, Trott , Sangakara,Bopara, Sir Jadeja , MSD ,Ashwin,Mccleghan,anderson,Narine . 12th Man: Mclaren

Posted by QingdaoXI on (June 25, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Cont I think After India, Sri lanka was the second team, England were bit lucky to get there number one position in Group A, due to the low scoring thriller between Nz and SL. That is the reason i selected top 7 batsmen from both these team.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (June 25, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

My team of the tournament 1. Dhawan 2. Rohit 3. Kohli 4. Sanga 5. Jaya 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Mclaren 9. Ashwin 10. McCleghan 11. Anderson. 12th man Bopara.

Posted by diptanshu on (June 25, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Why is Alastair Cook in the list? His figures are nothing to write home about. Just because England reached the final, it doesn't mean he has to be included in the CT XI. Poor selection.

Posted by Capricorn60 on (June 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

A real joke & bias having Cook in the team - besides his low S/R, he was so lucky in being dropped three times on his way to the 64 made against NZ! Kohli could open too. India won the final due to Dhoni's unorthodox but inspired & magical captaincy + his own wicket-keeping, so should NOT be excluded just because his batting opportunities were limited simply due to his team's top order doing very well. Every team needs an inspirational leader like Dhoni & it is no co-incidence that India have won everything with him at the helm.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Here's my eleven - Dhawan, R.Sharma, Kohli, Karthik, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishant, Yadav. And you know why - TOGETHER THEY WIN and this is a team sport. We Indian fans will take this 11 over any world 11 you put in front of us. BLEED BLUE!

Posted by NP_NY on (June 25, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

@Otuwa: "Don't comment from your heart". You have to practice what you preach my friend. They whole tournament you had slammed India before every match about how mediocre they were and how they can't win the next match. You were proven wrong 7 times. I hope you enjoyed India's victory!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

çric info,pls pick a team based on position,u have picked two down batsmen and three defensive players ( misbah,cook,trott ),trott cannot bat freely if he has misbah at the other end...

Posted by Otuwa on (June 25, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

@Indian Fans:Why do you recommend Kohli?Guys this is not a last IPL or CB series or Asia cup.This is the champions trophy.What was the Kohli's contribution for CT.Unfortunatley warm up match records isn't count here.And what was the Dhoni's contribution?Luck,Tactics,Bowling changes isn't count here.Only contributions is count here.Don't comment from your heart.And i recommend Kulasekara instead of B Kumar.Kulasekara showed allround performance this CT.Then this team seems much strong with batting too.

Posted by tony_joe on (June 25, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

This team..have too many grafters in the middle order ... you need explosive guys out there to take advantage of the slow bowlers who operate in the middle overs. This team is also lacking a tear-away with good yorkers and occasional bouncers.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

TOP 3 ODI BATSMEN(AB,amla,kohli) and the greatest odi finisher(dhoni)doesn't find a place in this team which means that those batsmen played below their potential although kohli made some very good contribution in semi final and final....i wud have prefered kohli over misbah,misbah was the lone batting star for PAK but his strike rate is very low and more often his team ends up in the losing side because of his slow batting..

Posted by arvindnandan on (June 25, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

This is so laughable... like writing the 1992 world cup team without Imran Khan, like writing the 1996 world cup team without Ranatunga or writing 1987 team without Border or the 2007 T20 world cup team without Dhoni. I wonder how you manage to throw surprises like these.

Posted by ttap on (June 25, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

The team is almost ok. The team is chosen as a team of ICC champion trophy.. Not the current ICC best ODI team. So has Dhoni has no chance here. He have got chance to play only 2 inns and made only 27 runs. But Cook inclusion is surprised...He should replace with Kohli or Jayawardene or may be Rohit (If want a regular opener). McLaren can be included in place of Ashwin as by ICC selection Panel. Kumar get preference over Ishant due to good economy rate. As like as Dhoni, some other players also not getting more chances. Example Steyn who had ball only 6 ovs and get 2 wks.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (June 25, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

sanga | misbah | trott..never fits together in any limited over match......if they are ...then it should be backed up by afridi,pollard kind of sloggers..otherwise its difficult to reach 220.

Posted by arvindnandan on (June 25, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

Someone wrote this team with total brain-lapse. Where is Dhoni? Is Misbah a better captain for leading his team to 100% failures? He can be there as a batsman, or may be as 12th man. Dismissed without a second thought.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

This is purely based on performance. Apart from great captaincy, dhoni didnt get much opportunity as a player. Misbah on the other hand, did an excellent job.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Don't think Alastair Cook can really make it. Cook wasn't at his best with the bat in this tournament. He was dropped 3 times during his 64 against NZ, and struggled to time the ball against SL even though he managed to hang around and score a 50. Hashim Amla, Dilshan, Gayle, Bell, Ingram, all had a start or 2 but couldn't make any sustained impact. Rohit Sharma also had a few starts, a couple of 50s, but the thing going for him is that the opening partnership worked well for Rohit and Dhawan, and I think that should get him in there. Likewise, Virat Kohli has to be in there for sure, found form both in the semi final as well as the final, and he has an adaptable game. Rohit for Cook, Kohli for Misbah.

Posted by abcxii on (June 25, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

McCleneghan should be replaced by Chris Morris and Ravi Bopara should be replaced by George Belly rest looks fine.

You just can't go by only numbers.

Posted by ankitv.8669 on (June 25, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

If Cook is there, then he has to be the captain. Only based on batting, Rohit Sharma was better than Cook in the tournament. Therefore, if Cook is Captain, Misbah goes out. Kohli comes in. Rest is all good.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 25, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Lol. Team with out MSD as a Captain? r u kidding? If the team is based on the most runs or high scores, then its for no use. There are many players missing in this list,, 1) MSD 2)ABD 3) DaleStayn 4)Virat Kohli 5) Gayle/Polard & the players who are not supposed to be there in the list are 1) Sanga 2) Misba 3)Bopara 4)Bhuvaneshwar

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

make cook or sanga the captain and include kohli instead of misbah and voila you have a winning team.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

why does every one want dhoni - how many balls did he face in the entire tournament, thanks to the openers. While that's his fault it is time we start giving credit to Misbah and Bopara for their performance in this tournament.

Posted by tenfan on (June 25, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

@Suresh123456 Sanga is the WK in this team

Posted by Haleos on (June 25, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

Misbah as captain instead of Dhoni? That has to be a joke. He was not able to lift his team. A captain needs to be positive and his team has to perform. Cricinfo trying to please everyone here.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 25, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

@Suresh123456: Sanga is a wicket keeper and is pretty good at that too and he can be a stand-in captain too if Misbah becomes nervous in-between.

Posted by V.Jammy on (June 25, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

The ICC team of the tournament, incidentally, chosen by a five-strong selection panel, was: Dhawan, Trott, Sangakkara, Kohli, Misbah, Dhoni, Jadeja, McLaren, Kumar, Anderson, McCleneghan. So why does Espncricinfo writers go against them and shuffle 3 players from this team, out of which 2 are pretty big names in ODI cricket!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Misbah Captain????Are u kidding me???No better choice than MSD. Scrap this team

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

kohli should find his way before trott, considering ia all round ability.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

i think espncric info team was more of stats based and icc 's was more of general based. misbah is in both teams and rightly so. he has good tournament and had good scores, good fielding. among top 5 run scorers. about captaincy, i think they choose him captain as apart from cook there is no other captain in team.

Only cooks stats as an opener are a bit weaker than Rohit. rest looks ok.

ICC panel's team is also good.

Posted by Tamil-Veeran on (June 25, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Good Selection. But Cook is better then Misbha(for captain)

Posted by Suresh123456 on (June 25, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

What the hell ... You cant have a team with out a wicket keeper. MSD must be there as captain and WK ...

Posted by Sunman81 on (June 25, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

The guy with a Econ 6.04 can never be placed in a team of the tournament... Also Cook S/R and average and strike Rate doesn't warrants his selection (even if he is a class-act)...and Misbah selection is also cannot be justified... there are other players who played much better cricket than him...

Finally not selecting Dhoni is simply the most baffling selection of all.. Pls prefix EspnCricinfo to the headlines...

Posted by GrtIndia_Ann on (June 25, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

@TZ9383: Are you kidding? How many games has "STAIN" played and how many runs has "GALE" scored? Hope ur speaking abt 2013 CT and I sincerely wish you are definitely speaking about cricket here....

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Superb selection . But I would have kept Misbah out for Root. And also naming someone who has lost all the matches in the tournament as a captain is bit awkward . You could have named Cook as the captain of the tournament and included Root for Misbah . Even if you are reluctant to include Root , Cook should have been the captain . Definitely not Misbah.

Posted by arup_g on (June 25, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

MY XI - Dhawan, Trott, Kohli, Misbah, Sangakkara, Bopara, Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, Anderson, McClenaghan

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

This is SO close to a Eng/Ind mixed eleven,shows you how hopelessly overrated the champions trophy is.Take nothing away from the two teams that made the final,for they played excellent cricket throughout the tourney,but as for the rest.....

No Aussies,Proteas,Windies.......what is a team without them? Prior to the tournament I would have put Eng or WI as favorites,with IND 2nd and SL,SA next. In the end,only the rain truly won the tournament.

Posted by TZ9383 on (June 25, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

Very ordinary team

No Maliga, Stain, Gale, Doni, Ab

Posted by pull_shot on (June 25, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

I cant believe it. Out of 5 bowlers- 3 were indians- Stunning Never seen and they say indian bowling medicore

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

I would have got Cook as the captain of the team rather than Misbah as Cook has rallied his team better than him in pressure situations.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

fine selection...but for one innings you cant mention misbha as captain,,the best of them all is...MSD...

Posted by ShreeNiir on (June 25, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

I am very disappointed with CricInfo. Man , you guys name it as TEAM OF TOURNAMENT? Name it other way like TEAM OD CricInfo... Better...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

Politically correct at best!

Posted by srb3md on (June 25, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

i am probably dreaming.. three bowlers from India in a world XI.. this has to be first of its kind.. just because we are going by stats dhoni got left out.. he did not get to bat much in the tournament(he batted twice in 5 matches).. otherwise who can think of leaving dhoni out.. virat could have made the team as well..

Posted by V.Jammy on (June 25, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

I would always prefer Morgan, Kartik or even Raina instead of Misbah as they are more reliable than him. Misbah just scored runs for himself at very slow pace. He did nothing for team victory. He might be Pak's best batsman at the moment, but not at all suitable to fit in any other ODI team all over the world.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

You need to lose all your matches to be made captain. Nothing against Misbah though. He was the only pillar of his team standing, but the roof had already fallen.

Posted by V.Jammy on (June 25, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

These all selections are okay as per the batting & bowling statistics. But I can't understand, why is the captain never selected on the basis of team statistics? If you see team statistics, Misbah has lost 3 out of 3 matches & Dhoni as won 5 out of 5!! Dhoni converts an ordinary bowler into a genuine one by directing him to bowl the line & length he wants!

Posted by Rockers11.1 on (June 25, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

Are you kidding? This can not be the team of the tournament. If the team of the tournament is derived from the statistics then there is no need for 'selectors'. A team is formed based on its strength and weakness.

Dhawan, Amla, Trott,ABDV, MSD, Dwayne Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, McClaren, Anderson, Southee

Posted by ScoobyRaj on (June 25, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

My world 50 overs squad would be : Shikhar Dhawan, Jonathan Trott, Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara, Shane Watson, Ravi Jadeja, Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Sunil Narine, Saeed Ajmal, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (cap/wk), AB de Villiers, Shahid Afridi & Gautam Gambhir. Playing XI based on the pitch & the weather.

Posted by aswin05 on (June 25, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

For the middle order: Misbah and Sanga will lend the right kind of balance. Even they can stitch a partnership if the ship starts sinking. Third Seamer: McCleanghan has earned his place as the third seamer. All Rounder: And the (award) position goes to the mighty Sir Jaddu.

So the complete team is : Shikhar Dhawan Hashim Amla Virat Kohli Mahendra Singh Dhoni Kumar Sangakkara Misbah Ul Haq Ravindra Jadeja Ravichandran Ashwin Mitchell McCleanaghan James Anderson Dale Steyn

Team has exactly 5 bowlers and they should deliver everytime. So if a bowler has an off day, Dhoni will come to bowl giving the pads to Sanga.(LOL). Only 6.5 batsmen are there which should be enough considering the quality of these batsmen. This team in current form will beat any side in the world.

Posted by aswin05 on (June 25, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

OPENING BOWLERS : Steyn and Anedrson are the worlds best current best fast bowlers. So they are an automatic choice. Next comes the opening batsmen : Shikhar, if he can carry his luck of the fielders dropping his sitters repeatedly will be the first choice opener. Having selected OPNING BATSMEN : Shikhar, the other opening partner should be a mildly defensive batsman. So I choose Amla over Gayle and Watson.(Cook is too defensive.) WK : Wihout any hesistation MSD will be picked just for his wicketkeeping and on field thinking abilitites. ONE DOWN : VIRAT KOHLI the obvious choice. He's maturing everyday in ODIs. Of the current bunch of ODI players, He's the best for one-down. SPINNER : RAVI ASHWIN, Although he is not in the league with Warne or Murali or even Bhajji at his best, He's the best option available for now. He could bowl ten overs for 30 or 35 runs if he is used in middle overs. So. As of now 2 openers + 2 pacers +1wk + 1 batsman + 1 spinner =7/11 are done.

Posted by aswin05 on (June 25, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

Dhawan, Amla, Sangakara, Kohli, Misbah, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Steyn, Mcclennagan, Anderson.

Posted by Sportius on (June 25, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

Team of the tournament without captain of the tournament

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

Misbah, Cook, Sangakarra's selection in the team is totally wrong. Firstly , Misbah selection for one dayers is highly questionable. He slows the game down to a situation where his younger players have to go for shots and get out. His running b/w wickets is bad for a middle order batsman, and lets not talk of his fielding (just coz he took 2 catches doesnt make him a great fielder) . This tournament was won by Dhoni, plain and simple coz' he had an athletic team.In the finals, the first 6 overs when Anderson was spitting fire, Rohit, Shikar & kohli ran such amazing singles with Rain looming around. Dhoni for Misbah anyday. This is my Team, Shikar Dhawan, Joe Root (as opener), Jonathan Trott, Ab Devilliers (fielding alone he's an asset), MS Dhoni, Ravi Jadeja, Ravi Bopara (form in recent matches), Ashwin, Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ishant Sharma.

Posted by ARad on (June 25, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

I don't think a lot of players understood the criterion of selection. THis XI is not a XI of best ODI players but based purely on the performances in this tournament. Dhoni thus does not deserve a spot in this XI and Trott has better numbers than Kohli, etc.

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 24, 2013, 23:37 GMT)

@sarangsrk. Grow up mate, Kohli and Dhoni are not the only players in the world. This team was picked based on who gave outstanding performance on this particular tour. Kohli and Dhoni are good players, but Sanga and Cook performed better than them on this tour.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

I think half of you are missing the point. This is not the best XI in the world right now. This is the best XI of the Champions Trophy. Some of the best players in the world had a miserable tournament. I laugh at the people who pick Steyn who played one match. And Pietersen who has not played in an ODI for Eng since Jan. Shane Watson averaged 13 and took just 1 wicket.

Posted by ObjectiveCricketism on (June 24, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

Selecting Cook is ridiculous. His batting average was poor and his inept captaincy lost England the final. The ICC panel has chosen a much better, less biased team.

Posted by Navin84 on (June 24, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Guys. Guys!!! I think this team is chosen based on performance during the tournament and not fame and class that some players have.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

Andrew- This is a junk team. Anderson is the only English player who can get into this team. Bopara is worth arguing about but does not get into it. Dhoni is probably the MOST important player in the tournament, Take out Dhoni and we have no India in there. Stats don't mean everything. Dale Steyn was outstanding in the one rain effected game he played but does not have have anything to show for it.

Here is my 15 selection:

S Dhawan KC Sangakkara DPMD Jayawardene V Kohli MS Dhoni*† RA Jadeja R McLaren KMDN Kulasekara MJ McClenaghan JM Anderson CJ McKay

IJL Trott IR Bell Misbah-ul-Haq SL Mallinga

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

It looks more like a test xi rather than odi team with cook and misbah. This is utter nonsense that there is no place for MSD. Kohli and MSD should be there.

Posted by rajeshkamatanam on (June 24, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

I think we are talking abt x1 for this tournament not x1 with current international players.....cook will be there because he is second best captain in the tournament and has got some runs...only change i could think of is getting kohli for misbah...kohli went unnoticed because of high standards he usually sets....but he played his part

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

misbah is the best....in the age of 49 he is so fit

Posted by cricket-india on (June 24, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

misbah as captain is ridiculous...he's overrated and it's amazing no one has called his bluff. pak lost 2 finals because of him; the T20 final when he holed out to sreesanth was probably a brain fade and maybe you can forgive that, but the WC'11 semi saw him at his worst. his go-slow killed the chase and it's a tribute to the vagaries of pak cricket that they've found bigger fires to fight than to burn down misbah's effigies. even in this tourney misbah may have been the best of the pak batters but that doesn't make him a pick for the team of the tourney unless you HAD to have a pak bat in that position. why not George bailey instead, as middle order bat and captain as well???

Posted by sarangsrk on (June 24, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Like lot of others, I am puzzled at leaving Dhoni out from this side. He is THE best captain in cricket world and no ODI team is complete without the best finisher.I would also rate Sanga way below him in terms of keeping. You should check no. of byes that Sanga has given in this tournament to ascertain what I am saying.Cook is a test player and doesn't seem to have enough shots or singles taking abilities for ODIs. Would anyday choose Kohli over him.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

No Dhoni.. No team.. Dhoni is the best Captain in the world.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

this team has been picked stat wise... too bad there are no stats to analyze captainship... if they were then absolutely no one can replace MSD as a captain in limited overs cricket... dhoni can easily thrash this team with other set of players.. MSD in place of misbah/sanga as captain would complete the team of the tournament !!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

My counter to your team - Gayle, Amla, Kohli, Raina, Sharma, Dhoni, Broad, Bresnan, Saeed Ajmal, Irfan, Suneel Narain.

There will be no catch-drops for Dhawan & Dhoni captain will find ways of getting the others out.

Posted by goutham200589 on (June 24, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

you kidding... Cook and Misbah? You got it wrong mate. Dhoni must replace Misbah and Kolhi to replace Cook.. Sanga will open with Shikhar.. Here is the batting order Shikhar, Sanga, Trott, Kolhi, Dhoni, Bopara, Jaddu, Ash, Bhuvi, Jimmy and MM

Posted by NP_NY on (June 24, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Hmm....three BOWLERS from India in a fictitious international side. I don't think I've ever seen that before!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

My XI: Dhawan, Amla, Kohli, MSD, Pollard, Jaddu, Bopara, Ashwin, Narine, Anderson and Steyn.. Any international team with out MSD is may be A or B side..

Posted by CrICkeeet on (June 24, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Not a bad selection at all...

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

My Team:

Dhawan, Rohit, Trott, Sanga, Misbah, Bopara, Jadeja, McLaren, Anderson, Ishant and McClenaghan

I would pick Rohit ahead of Cook as I believe the former has been more successful in this tournament. McLaren did extremely well with both the bat and the ball so he's in instead of Ashwin. Ishant picked up 10 wickets in 5 games compared to Kumar's 6 in 5 and so the former is in the XI.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

The inclusion of Cook in this team is questionable. The inclusion of Cook in this team on the basis of his captaincy is a farce. The only time his leadership was discussed during this tournament was due to his complete inability to make an attacking decision: His failure to promot Morgan v Aus, trying to smuggle through overs from Root against SL while England were on top, woeful bowling changes against SA as he conceded the initiative at 80/8 seemingly in a blind panic because a six was hit. Not to mention his constant negative fields throughout (Sharma was out for 3 yesterday with a 2nd slip for Anderson) and to cap it all, when the trophy was there for the taking, no captains innings just a rabbit in the headlights and then sat on the balcony exuding panic for everyone to see. He may well be one of the best batsmen these isles have seen but his leadership leaves a great deal to be desired.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

No Dhoni? Seriously? Just because he didn't get enough runs means there's no space for him here. Was it his fault that he barely had a chance throughout the tournament?

Even if you keep aside his batting, you have to complement the way he marshaled his troops while making sure his own keeping was top-notch.

Btw I am not an ardent supporter of MSD, but this is really unfair to someone whose instinctive captaincy led a young team to the title.

Posted by Amar_bw on (June 24, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

I would chose Dhoni for Misbah and Kohli over Cook. Kohli is a true ODI specialist player. Cook is probably better in Tests.

Posted by Divinetouch on (June 24, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Dhawan, Sharma, Sangakara, Kohli, Bopara, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Steyn, Mcclennagan, Anderson.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

cook is nowhere near to the second playing 11 in this trophy , let alone captaincy..

my team dhawan, kohli, trott,misbah, dhoni, jaddu,bopara, ashwin, bhuvi, anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan.........

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Dhoni can easily find different set of players and beat your so-called Team of the Tournament. You guys are geniuses, no kidding.

Posted by Kannan_R on (June 24, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

World limited overs team: Chris Gayle, Shikhar Dhawan, Shane Watson, Virat Kohli, Kevin Peterson, Hasim Amla, Kumar Sangakara, R.Jadeja, Dale Styn, James Anderson, Junaid Khan, Suniel Narain. Playing XI based on the pitch and the weather. Any Comments?

Posted by sampath10 on (June 24, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Rohit is better than Cook

Posted by ahg984 on (June 24, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Jonathan Trott - 229 runs @ 57.25, S/R 91.60 Virat Kohli - 176 runs @ 58.66, S/R 95.65

Both are equally good for spot 3, though I would favor Kohli.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

so who is captain??? no room for the man who won the trophy?? no room for the man who defended 129 runs???

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

so whom do the writer suggest for the captaincy role???? COOK??? the man who was unable to defend the total of 290+???

where is the master technician MSD????

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Has to be Dhoni, could be in place of either misbah or cook or sangakara

Posted by ashisht07 on (June 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

MS for Misbah and Kohli for Cook would have been a better choice!!

Posted by alekksi on (June 24, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

+1 on the Dhoni recommendation. Best captain, better wicket keeper than Sangakarra and generally outstanding the whole tournament. Cook played well and made lots of good decisions, but not sure on his selection here, especially when he insisted on opening the batting with a terrible display on more than one occasion.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

So Andrew who will lead this team Cook/Misbah/Sanga ??

Posted by crick_sucks on (June 24, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

MS for Misbah would make the team a perfect one

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Who's the Captain?

Posted by thelogicaldude on (June 24, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

So no room for the ever so tactical MS Dhoni? Might as well be a sinking ship this.

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