CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017: PREVIEW

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CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017: PREVIEW

The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy (England and Wales) is set to commence on the 1st of June at the iconic ground of The Oval, London where the host country will play Bangladesh. It is scheduled to be an 18-day tournament ending on the 18th June, with a reserve day in place on 19th June. It is rather disappointing to see that the Carribeans, who won the trophy when it was last hosted here back in 2004 couldn’t even qualify to participate. On the other hand, the Bangladeshi Tigers are thriving as they make an appearance after a gap of 2 editions.

What to expect?

Although the rain threat is looming large over #CT17, we can definitely expect plenty of runs, thanks to the green English pitches. What makes this tournament even more exciting is its open nature. Let us now get an insight into the 8 teams participating in the tournament.

AUSTRALIA

Coach: Darren Lehmann

#CT17 Ambassador: Mike Hussey

STRENGTHS

1)     Flurry of Power Hitters: The likes of David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell are now joined by the IPL’17 superstar Chris Lynn. This makes Australia’s batting line-up the most aggressive in the tournament in the absence of the West Indies. Moreover, the short English boundaries will only add fuel to the fire.

2)     Strong Pace Attack: The Australian side is going in with the best pace attack on paper with 2 pace bowlers (Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood) in the top 6 of latest ICC-ODI Bowlers rankings.  To add to the list they have Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and John Hastings, joining them. Knowing the fact that the English pitches are known to assist fast swing bowling, the Kangaroo pace attack is surely a force to reckon with.

WEAKNESSES

1)     Spin Department: The only spinner in the camp is the young bloke Adam Zampa who is touring England for the very first time.

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR: Mitchell Starc. He’s making his way back into professional cricket after a long gap and even missed out on the first warm-up game vs Sri Lanka, although he is deemed fit now. It would be interesting to see how the World No.2 makes an impact in this high-profile tourney.

 

BANGLADESH

Coach: Upul Chandika Hathurusingha

#CT17 Ambassador: Habibul Bashar

STRENGTHS

1)     Spin Department: With Shakib Al-Hasan leading the pack and the likes of Mehedi Hasan and Sabbir Rahman supporting them, they do have a strong spin bowling attack but I wonder if they’ll be able to create a meaningful impact looking at the playing conditions in UK.

2)     Mustafizur Rahman: One of the best pacers in world cricket presently and on the peak of his form. I won’t be surprised if he manages to squeak in a fifer in this tournament.

 

WEAKNESSES

1)     Unproven away from home: No doubt that Bangladeshis have produced some stellar performances in the recent history, but all of them have come on their home soil. They even failed to perform in the similar subcontinent conditions of India. The English conditions are exact opposites of what they are used to and they surely won’t come easy for them.

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR: Shakib Al-Hasan. Bangladesh will be relying heavily on the best ODI all-rounder in the world. His ability to bat along with his spin bowling has seen him develop as the ideal all-rounder. His economy rate of 4.38 in ODI cricket remains high quality in modern day ODIs of regular 300-plus totals.

 

ENGLAND

Coach: Trevor Bayliss

#CT17 Ambassador: Ian Bell

STRENGTHS

1)     Fearless Batting: England have established a fearless batting style under the leadership of Eoin Morgan and have been able to pull off 300+ totals with an alarming regularity. They are highly capable of making a mockery of the best bowling attacks on any given day.

2)     Home Conditions: This is a huge privilege going into a big tournament like this. Not only are they best familiar with the playing conditions but they’ll also enjoy a crazy fan support. You can’t really undermine the role of Barmy Army, can you?

 

WEAKNESSES

1)     Weak Bowling: The entire core of their bowling department is filled with new comers and they are highly unlikely to cause any major troubles to the experienced batting line-ups that they will be facing.

2)     Recent Series Losses: England  is going into the tournament after  consecutive  losses in series against the real Big 3 – India, Australia and South Africa.

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR: Ben Stokes. He’ll be high on confidence and form after being declared the most valuable player of the recently concluded IPL edition. He can turn the game around in his team’s favor equally well with both- batting and bowling.

 

NEW ZEALAND

Coach: Mike Hesson

#CT17 Ambassador: Shane Bond

STRENGTHS

1)     Experienced Line-up: Kiwis are probably going in with the most experienced line-up amongst all the teams with the likes of Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee and skipper Kane Williamson in their side. Although Ross and Tim might not be the same players as they were a few years ago, but their experience can come in handy , especially in those nerve-wracking, nail-biting, close games.

2)     Quality All-rounders: James Neesham and Corey Anderson are both known to be aggressive middle order batsmen who can bowl some high-class medium paces with skillful variations. What else do you ask for from an all-rounder?

 

WEAKNESSES

1)     Death Bowling: They have been leaking out a  profuse amount of runs in the death overs lately, ensuing some  unnecessary losses. This is a serious area of concern for them but I’m pretty sure Jurgensen (their bowling coach) is working hard on it.

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR: Michael Santner. He made his ODI debut in England in 2015 and has been grabbing eyeballs with his performances since then. Frequently going in-and-out of the top 10, Santner has 42 wickets at an average of 31.71 after 35 ODIs. His economy rate of 4.94 also becomes a huge plus point for his side.

 

SRI LANKA

Coach: Graham Ford

#CT17 Ambassador: Kumar Sangakkara

STRENGTHS

1)     Swing Bowling: Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera supported by Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep are expected to exploit the English conditions with their effectivel nagging line and length and the ability to swing the ball both ways.

2)     Captaincy of Malinga: Lasith Malinga is one talented fellow. Well, this time around he will be bringing in his experience along as he’s appointed to captain the team. This is a smart move by the Sri Lankan management considering the knowledge he has of all the players from his global T-20 league experiences.

 

WEAKNESSES

1)     Inexperienced Team:  Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna would be playing their 1st ever ICC tournament so the chances of succumbing to pressure are quite high.

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR: Nuwan Kulasekara. With his ability to swing the ball both ways, I can already see him among the top-5 wicket takers in this tournament. He’s one underrated player and it would be interesting to see if he is able to deliver up to his potential here.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Coach: Russell Domingo

#CT17 Ambassador: Graeme Smith

STRENGHS

1)     All Bases Covered: Undeniably a mixed lot of  world’s best batsmen and bowlers, the Proteas have the best balanced team on paper. Big names like AB De Villiers and Hashim Amla lead the batting department whereas Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada will be in-charge of the bowling contingent.

 

WEAKNESSES

1)     Chokers: It’s actually funny that the only weakness in this South African squad is the team’s past experience in mega tournaments. Getting knocked-out in  crucial stages of the game is something this team needs to breakthrough.

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR: Hashim Amla. Coming in after some swash-buckling performances in the IPL, Amla is set to give  his team flying starts at the top of the order.

 

PAKISTAN

Coach: Mickey Arthur

#CT17 Ambassador: Shahid Afridi

STRENGTHS

1)     Dependable Middle Order: Pakistan's middle-order is marshalled by Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez who have been in some amazing form lately and are the leading run-scorers for their team in 2017 so far.

2)     Mohammad Amir: No amount of praise would be enough for this talented youngster. He’s always on fire and will play a crucial role in providing some early breakthroughs for Pakistan, ”insha-allah”.

 

WEAKNESSES

1)     Inexperience: Going in with a fresh young squad may lead to fearless cricket but can also spectacularly backfire  as these blokes have a plethora of responsibilities on their helm and would always be under constant scrutiny.

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR: Babar Azam. Joining the league of modern legends Virat Kohli and Joe Root is the 22-year-old prodigy, Babar  who has an average of 60 in ODIs scoring 1092 runs in only 19 games. He’s set to establish his name in world cricket by the end of the tournament.

 

INDIA

Coach: Anil Kumble

#CT17 Ambassador: Harbhajan Singh

STRENGTHS

1)     Captaincy of Kohli: He is one captain who strives to lead by example and is never afraid to makesome real bold decisions. His  below average performance in this IPL just indicates the storm that awaits us in #CT17.

2)     Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Again, he makes it to the strengths of team India owing to his swinging abilities.

 

WEAKNESSES

1)     Fitness Issues: Fitness is one thing that India lacks. Although most of the modern players are extremely fit but the likes of Mohammad Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin  coming back from injuries and have also been out of touch for a while now. Low fitness levels also affect the team’s overall fielding performance.

PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR: Jasprit Bumrah. His recent heroics in the IPL final is the perfect example of what this man  can pull off. Though, he is not a very recognized player till now, but he can be India’s trump card in #CT17.

 

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