Lance Klusener holds aloft his Man-of-the-Series medal for the 1999 World Cup © Getty Images

So Pakistan are without Inzamam-ul-Haq, their captain and highest runscorer, as they begin their quest for the Champions Trophy. Leaving captaincy aside The List says that Pakistan might not miss Inzamam the batsman much in such a big tournament. Before you dismiss this statement as rubbish, browse through Inzamam's stats in previous editions of the Champions Trophy . In fact, check out his World Cup stats - 30 innings, no centuries and an average of 23.81 - or his performances in all tournaments with more than five teams. He has only seven scores above 50 (93 in his career) and an average of 28.77 from 40 innings in such tournaments. Inzamam hasn't been much of a big tournament batsman since his heroics against New Zealand and England in the 1992 World Cup and needs to set this record straight at next year's World Cup.

Nathan Astle is another who has a dire record in big tournaments. He made 101 in the first match of the 1996 World Cup against England but thereafter scored 0,1,2,6 and 1 in the remainder of the tournament. He contributed all of 19 runs in the 1998 Wills international Cup and 68 in the World Cup that followed. Astle improved in the 2003 World Cup, scoring a fifty against South Africa, a hundred against Zimbabwe but ended the tournament with consecutive ducks. A massive 145 in the 2004 Champions Trophy pushed his average past 20, but it must be remembered that the opponents were USA . Here's an interesting stat: Astle has reached 20 only nine times out of 31 innings, but New Zealand lost none of those matches.

Biggest difference in batting average in tournaments with 5+ teams (qualification: 10 innings)
Player Span Mat Runs Ave 100 TournRuns Ave 100 Diff
CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2003 227 576135.34 7 30 463 20.130 -15.209
MG Bevan (Aust) 1994-2003 232 6912 53.58 6 34684 40.23 0 -13.344
NJ Astle (NZ) 1996-2004 212 6890 35.6916 31 676 24.14 3 -11.557
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak) 1992-2004 367 11549 39.82 10 461007 28.77 1 -11.048
JN Rhodes (SAf) 1992-2003 245 5935 35.112 36 640 24.61 0 -10.504
M Amarnath (India) 1975-1989 85 1924 30.53 2 24362 20.11 0 -10.428
ADR Campbell (Zimb) 1992-2003 188 5185 30.507 27 482 20.08 1 -10.416
M Prabhakar (India) 1987-1996 130 1858 24.12 2 33250 13.88 0 -10.241
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 1999-2004 222 5952 32.348 28 467 22.23 0 -10.111
GW Flower (Zimb) 1993-2003 219 6536 33.69 6 28567 23.62 0 -10.064

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  • There have also been some fantastic successes in these tournaments, one of the biggest being Lance Klusener, who averages 78 in tournaments with more than five teams. He was irresistible during the 1999 World Cup and was a shoo-in for the Man of the Series with his power-hitting and clinical finishing. He scored 281 runs in the tournament, remained unbeaten six times out of eight, and had a strike-rate of 122.17.

    India's big three - Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly - all have averages in the fifties in such tournaments. Dravid, who averages 57.15, was the top-scorer in the 1999 World Cup with 461 runs and Ganguly's 348 was the highest tally in the Champions Trophy in Nairobi the following year.

    Biggest difference in batting average in tournaments with 5+ teams (qualification: 10 innings, 100 runs)
    Player Span MatRuns Ave 100 Tourn RunsAve 100 Diff
    L Klusener (SAf) 1999-2004 171 3576 41.102 21 468 78.00 0 36.899
    HH Gibbs (SAf) 1999-2004 186 6119 35.57 16 201070 62.94 5 27.361
    RR Sarwan (WI) 2002-2004 108 3587 45.983 11 431 71.83 0 25.843
    RD Jacobs (WI) 1998-2003 147 1865 23.31 0 16311 44.42 0 21.118
    G Fowler (Eng) 1983-1985 26 744 31.000 10 412 51.50 0 20.500
    SC Ganguly (India) 1998-2004 279 10123 40.65 22 371753 58.43 7 17.783
    R Dravid (India) 1998-2004 297 9576 39.7312 38 1429 57.15 3 17.429
    SB Styris (NZ) 2000-2004 116 2503 28.77 3 14413 45.88 1 17.118
    Saeed Anwar (Pak) 1990-2003 247 8823 39.2120 33 1518 56.22 5 17.012
    RG Twose (NZ) 1996-2000 87 2717 38.81 1 18696 53.53 0 14.728

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  • India have reached the finals of six of the 11 tournaments Tendulkar has played in, including four of the last five finals - the exception being the 2004 Champions Trophy in England. Tendulkar became the only player to score more than 500 runs in a World Cup in 1996 and bettered that in 2003 when he stacked up 673 in South Africa .

    Shane Bond is the only bowler playing in their year's Champions Trophy to feature in the list of best averages - 23 wickets at 16.71 each - in tournaments with more than five teams. He took six wickets in two matches during the 2002 Champions Trophy and scalped 17 in eight games during the 2003 World Cup, the highlight being a six-wicket haul that helped reduce Australia to 84 for 7 before Andy Bichel and Michael Bevan staged a miraculous fightback.

    Best bowling average in tournaments with 5+ teams (qualification: 500 balls)
    PlayerSpan Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave5
    CM Old (Eng) 1975-1979 9243 16 4/8 15.18 0
    JN Gillespie (Aust) 2000-2004 11 307 204/15 15.34 0
    SE Bond (NZ) 2002-200310 389 23 6/23 16.91 1
    RGD Willis (Eng) 1979-1983 11 315 184/11 17.50 0
    Waqar Younis (Pak) 1989-200324 802 45 6/26 17.82 2
    SK Warne (Aust) 1994-2002 23 787 444/29 17.88 0
    MA Holding (WI) 1979-198515 418 23 4/33 18.17 0
    RJ Hadlee (NZ) 1975-1985 17 517 285/25 18.46 1
    RMH Binny (India) 1983-198714 517 28 4/29 18.46 0
    DNT Zoysa (SL) 1998-2004 11 372 203/19 18.60 0

    Shane Warne is the only spinner in the list of top-ten bowlers. His 44 wickets cost only 17.88 apiece but even more impressive is his economy-rate of 3.70 in these matches which is far lower than his career figure of 4.25. Incidentally Warne, along with Geoff Allot, was the highest wicket-taker with 20 scalps in the 1999 World Cup.

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