With ICC Champions Trophy, all set to begin from June 1, the world’s best batsman from top eight teams will take to the field to show their talent. Each team has different set of players who can show their potential and how much they can beat the opponents.
Here is a look at the top six dangerous batsmen at the Champions Trophy 2017
1. Hashim Amla
South Africa’s Hashim Amla is considered as the most dangerous batsman at ICC Champions Trophy. The right-hand batsman recently scored two centuries in the Indian Premier League and is currently in brilliant form. Amla needs no introduction when it comes to his talent and potential as the batsman stays at the crease to play long innings. Out of his 24 centuries in ODIs, 22 have led his side to win the match.
2. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is known as the match-winner for his team. His hard-core batting rattles the opponents. For bowlers, Kohli is difficult to get him out. With 27 centuries to his credit, Kohli is also the India captain and he has proven himself beyond doubt in the last one year. However, Kohli has remained out of form in the recent IPL, hopefully, things will be different once he leads the national team.
3. David Warner
David Warner, orange cap winner in the recent IPL and scoring five tons in his last 10 matches, he is indeed Australia’s best batsman at this Champions Trophy. Going by his past, he is the first player to represent Australia without playing first class cricket.
4. Ben Stokes
All-rounder Ben Stokes is one such player of England cricket team can bank upon. He will be the trump card in the upcoming ICC event. His aggressive approach with both ball and bat made him one of the expensive players in the recently concluded Indian Premier League. Stokes scored 316 runs in 12 matches including a ton and also earned the player of the tournament award. However, his injury is baffling England. His team will play the first match against Bangladesh this Thursday. It remains to be seen whether his injury will let him to show his talent or England has to look for alternatives.
5. Steve Smith
Australia skipper Steve Smith has led his team from the front since he took the responsibility after Micheal Clairke’s retirement. He has been in good form and his batting average is 55.58 in the past 14 matches. As captain, he has not won any big tournament and he would try his level best to change that record. Australia has last won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2009. The trophy will be the best platform for Smith to show his potential as a player and as captain as well.
6. AB de Villars
AB de Villars who hold the record of fastest fifty and fastest century in ODIs is one the most destructive batsman in the world. However, De Villiers, remained out of form in the Indian Premier League, scoring just one fifty in nine matches. For a great player like him, one great innings can change his fortunes.