By the numbers: Champions Trophy history
Herschelle Gibbs' vain centuries, Nathan Astle's American blitz, Eoin Morgan's six-hitting potential and more line our numerical recollection of previous editions of the Champions Trophy.
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, true to form, holds the greatest economy rate in a single match (qualifier: 30 deliveries). His 10 miserly overs churned out against the West Indies in Nairobi in 200 conceded a mere nine runs – for an entirely cheap aggregate of <b>0.90</b>. Six years later, the Windies were bogged down by another Sri Lankan in seamer Chaminda Vaas – and his six-over economy rate of just 1.00.
West Indian Chris Gayle, South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs and India's Sourav Ganguly boast the most centuries, with <b>three</b> each. Gibbs has the better ratio, scoring his tons in three games less than Ganguly and four fewer than Gayle. Australia's Shane Watson, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to draw level – and perhaps go one better – on the back of 2009's twin tons.
Watson, however, has also accrued the unwelcome record of most tournament ducks. His <b>four</b> will remain unrivalled, unless captain Dwayne Bravo bags a couple during the West Indies' Group B campaign in the United Kingdom. Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara and Pakistani counterpart Shoaib Malik are not far off either.
A tournament history laden with sixes hasn't brought many for England, with the left-handed Eoin Morgan looking to improve on the <b>five</b> he struck in 2009 and perhaps better the 10 former skipper Paul Collingwood accrued before his ousting. Gayle, understandably, leads the current charge with 13 might heaves over the fence.
The Champions Trophy has been hosted on <b>six</b> previous occasions, although the 2013 edition will be the last of its kind due to the ICC's bid to streamline Test, ODI and T20I competition: "If you don't see it in the schedule, it means it is not planned for the future. We have said for a while that we would like one championship event for each format," said chief executive Haroon Lorgat.
Five-wicket hauls have been few and far between. <b>Nine</b> bowlers have secured one each, but not one of New Zealand duo Shayne O'Connor and Jacob Oram, South African trio Wayne Parnell, Makhaya Ntini and Jacques Kallis, Sri Lanka's Farveez Maharoof, Australia's Glenn McGrath, West Indian Mervyn Dillon or Pakistani Shahid Afridi have been selected for the 2013 competition.
2009 was very good to fast bowler Stuart Broad, who screamed to <b>10</b> wickets in three matches. Injury – and subsequent absence – from the semi-final against Australia, though, largely cost England a tournament exit. Fellow seamers Graham Onions and Tim Bresnan collectively couldn't muster a Broad-esque performance.
Australian Ricky Ponting's <b>16</b> fixtures as captain will remain untouched by a Country Mile, even if India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni is granted a full allotment en route to the final. Plenty of ODI skippers have come and gone since the previous tournament in 2009, with Dhoni the lone constant. New Zealand's Brendon McCullum is holding up the backburner, though, and will have a chance to grow his one-match total.
Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene will become the most capped cricketer in the tournament's history when/if he plays in Sri Lanka's fixtures against England, Australia and New Zealand. Three more caps will take him to <b>21</b>, one more than fellow countryman Sanath Jayasuriya. The race will then be on between Jayawardene and Sangakkara for an unprecedented 22 Champions Trophy appearances.
Muralitharan, for his 17 matches, has taken the most Champions Trophy wickets. <b>24</b>, including twin four-fors. Seamer Kyle Mills' selection, though, is for good reason. He will need a mere three victims to surpass Muralitharan's tally when New Zealand's Group A campaign – against Sri Lanka, England and Australia arrives in Birmingham and Cardiff.
Unlike Muralitharan, Zimbabwe seamer Tinashe Panyangara copped all of <b>86</b> runs from his 10 overs against England in Birmingham in 2004. Half-centurion Vikram Solanki and Man of the Match Collingwood delighted in Panyangara's severe width and length, while all of 10 wides and half as many no-balls certainly did not help the bowler's cause.
New Zealander Nathan Astle sports the competition's highest individual score. His <b>145</b> not out tonked against a lowly United States of America XI features all of six sixes and 13 fours across 151 deliveries at The Oval in 2004. Indeed, Zimbabwean Andy Flower scored the exact same amount against India two years prior, but wasn't able to remain unbeaten.
2000 was a particularly fruitful campaign for former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar, who struck centuries – against Sri Lanka and New Zealand – in his only two innings for a whopping average of <b>209.00</b>. A quarter-final exit to the Black Caps at the Gymkhana Club Ground in Nairobi prevented the hard-hitting left-hander from growing these inflated numbers.
Partnership-wise, we've witnessed plenty of big'uns, but non more so than the unbroken <b>252</b> amassed by Aussie duo Watson and Ponting for the second wicket against England in Centurion in 2009. Pakistan's Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf garnered the only other Champions Trophy double-ton stand – 202 against India at the same venue in the same year.
Gayle has scored the most tournament runs, with his <b>695</b> in 14 matches at an average of 57.91 head and shoulders above the rest. With Ponting retired, South African Jacques Kallis unavailable and West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul privy to only Test cricket, Jayawardene is Gayle's closest competitor with 574 runs in 17 innings.
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