ICC Champions Trophy is a 50-over format international cricket tournament orgniazed by world cup’s governing body ICC and it takes place every four years. Historically it has played second fiddle to 50-over cricket world cup and it was started back in 1998. Since than 7 editions of this tournament has taken place and today we look back at all the previous winners of this high competitive cricket event.
ICC Champions Trophy Short History & Past Winners: Started back in 1998 as “ICC Knockout Tournament” only top 8 ODI ranked teams were invited to play and it was South Africa who won the first ever tournament which was full fledged knockout event. However 2000 event was 11 team event where 6 lower ranked team had to qualify through playoffs and New Zealand went on to win the event. In 2002 the name was changed to “ICC Champions Trophy” and group stage was introduced where 8 teams were divided into two groups of four and top two from each group qualifying for semifinals. Since than ICC format has retained the format and they also announced this even will take place every 4 years instead of 2 after 2013 tournament.
|1998||South Africa||West Indies||South Africa won by 4 wickets||Bangladesh|
|2000||New Zealand||India||New Zealand won by 4 wickets||Kenya|
|2002||India & Sri Lanka||India & Sri Lanka declared co-champions||Sri Lanka|
|2004||West Indies||England||West Indies won by 2 wickets||England|
|2006||Australia||West Indies||Australia won by 8 wickets (D/L)||India|
|2009||Australia||New Zealand||Australia won by 6 wickets||South Africa|
|2013||India||England||India won by 5 runs||England|
Australia are the most successful team in the short history of ICC Champions Trophy having won back to back tournaments in 2006 and 2009. However India also have two titles to their name once in 2013 and the other they shared with Sri Lanka when the final was washed out back in 2002.
Going into the 8th edition of this high competitive one-day international tournament in June 2017, Australia are the favourites to get yet another title under their belt while India and New Zealand are also favourites to reach late stages of the tournament.
Individual Performances: Kyle Mills of New Zealand has taken the most wickets in Champions Trophy history with 28 wickets to his name in 15 matches. Followed by Sri Lanka duo of Muttiah Muralitharan (24 wickets, 17 matches) and Lasith Malinga (22 wickets, 13 matches).
In terms of batting records, Chris Gayle leads the charts with (791 runs in 17 matches at the average of 52.50) followed by Sri Lanka duo of Mahela Jayawardene (742 runs in 22 matches) and Kumar Sangakkara (683 runs in 22 matches)