ICC Champions Trophy is the second most popular ICC tournament after the ICC Cricket World Cup. It happens once every 4 years. It’s a one-day international series conducted by ICC. The inaugural edition of the Champions Trophy was hosted by Bangladesh. Earlier the name of the Champions Trophy was ICC knockout Trophy. Like the World Cup, every team craves to win the tournament and increase the charm of their trophy cabinet. Most likely India is gonna host the next Champions Trophy in 2022. Let’s have a look at the players with the most runs in ICC Champions Trophy.
Most Runs in ICC Champions Trophy By a Player
Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle holds the record of scoring the most number of runs (791) in the ICC Champions Trophy. It’s strange to see but true, Because he doesn’t score consistently. Chris Gayle has played 5 Champions Trophies for West Indies. Gayle has changed the course of opening batting in cricket with his aggressive batting and is considered one of the best openers to ever play the game.
Most Runs In Champions Trophy 1998
Former West Indian batsman Philo Wallace notched up the most number of runs (221) in the Champions Trophy 1998 in Bangladesh. Wallace has only played 33 ODIs for West Indies and it was probably the best achievement of his career. He had the best strike-rate among all players of the 1998 Champions Trophy.
Most Runs In Champions Trophy 2000
Former Indian skipper and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly made the most number of runs (348) in the Champions Trophy 2000, held in Kenya. Despite Ganguly’s great run with the bat, India couldn’t wear the crown. Ganguly also scored the most number of centuries in the 2000 Champions Trophy.
Most Runs In Champions Trophy 2002
2011 World Cup-winning opener Virender Sehwag scored the most number of runs (271) in the Champions Trophy 2002. Sehwag was eminent for his explosive batting, who used to start hitting from the very first ball. He played with a strike rate of 120.44 in the whole tournament. Sehwag played a big role to win India the Champions Trophy 2002.
Most Runs In Champions Trophy 2004
Ex English cricketer Marcus Trescothick amassed the most runs (261) in the Champions Trophy 2004. Trescothick is one of the best players to ever open the innings for England. Trescothick’s great form was not enough for England to win, the hosts ended up as the runners.
Most Runs In Champions Trophy 2006
West Indian opener Chris Gayle made the most number of runs (474) in the Champions Trophy 2006. Gayle is also the highest run-getter in the history of Champions Trophy history. Gayle also smashed the most number of fours (62) in the 2006 Champions Trophy.
Most Runs In Champions Trophy 2009
Ex Australian skipper and current coach Ricky Ponting amassed the most number of runs (288) in the Champions Trophy 2009. The 2 times World Cup-winning captain ended up winning the 2009 Champions Trophy. His all-innings were important for the Australian team.
Most Runs In Champions Trophy 2013
Current Indian limited over opener Shikhar Dhawan notched up the most number of runs (363) in the Champions Trophy 2013. He has done really well in the ICC tournaments for India. The 2013 ICC Champions Trophy was Shikhar’s first ICC tournament and he ended up winning the tournament for India. He also had the highest batting average (90.75) among batsmen.
Most Runs In Champions Trophy 2017
Shikhar Dhawan scored the most number of runs (338) in the Champions Trophy 2017. Dhawan is the only player to score the highest run in Champions Trophy for the 2nd time in a row. Although Shikhar’s effort was not adequate for India to win the tournament, India lost the finals against Pakistan in England.