The Champions Trophy 2017 will begin in England on 1st June, 2017 and will see the top 8 ranked ODI teams competing for the title of Champion of Champions.
India won the last edition of Champions Trophy in 2013, which was supposed to be the final time; the tournament was to be played. However, the popularity of last time’s tournament gave idea to the ICC for conducting another tournament in 2017.
India was also the co-winners of this tournament in 2002 with Sri Lanka. India won the last tournament in dominating fashion as they swept every award at the function. Shikhar Dhawan was the batsmen of the tournament and also won the Man of the tournament award, while Ravindra Jadeja won walked away with most wickets trophy.
Most of the Indian players who played in that tournament will be available for selection this time also, but some new faces are to be expected in the possible 16 man squad. India is in group B with Pakistan South Africa and Sri Lanka.
South Africa, Bangladesh and Australia have already announced their squads for the tournament and India is expected to do the same in coming days, as most of their players are busy in the ongoing IPL 10.
India will play two practice games; one against New Zealand on May 28 and another against Bangladesh on May 30. Their opening match of the tournament will be against Pakistan on June 4 and it supposed to be the marquee match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
We have for you our picks of predicted Indian squad for the CT 17. Click on the next slide to view the selections.
Openers – KL Rahul/Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane
The openers’ slot is where the openings in the Indian team are. Rohit Sharma is an automatic choice, since he has regained fitness and looks in form. As for the next opener, it will a race between Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul. Rahul’s availability depends on him getting fit after the shoulder surgery and then his rehabilitation period. That is the reason, Rishabh Pant has been chosen as an option for Rahul, who will be short on match practice a well. Pant can work as the hitter from ball one, as Rohit needs some time to settle in and will be the backup wicket keeper for MS Dhoni
Middle Order - Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey
There cannot be any changes in the middle order as Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav are going to hold their places in the team after their brilliant show against England. The backup option for any of them is Manish Pandey who is looking in good touch and just needs another chance after his forgetful series against New Zealand.
All rounder – Hardik Pandya
The only all-rounder that one can think of is Hardik Pandya. He is the best quick bowling all-rounders in the country and can be an excellent backup for the pace bowlers in the team. He could be a great asset to the team, as he can bring some balance if Kohli sees the need to play an extra fast bowler in place of a spinner.
Spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja
The spinners’ slots are already filled in by the two best spinners in the world today – Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Both of them played an important role in the 2013 title win and Jadeja was the highest wicket taker in the tournament. As for backup, you have Yuvraj Singh and Kedar Jadhav to roll their arms over if needed.
Quick Bowlers – Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah
The quick bowling has been bolstered by the return of a fit again Mohammad Shami and he will be partnered by Umesh Yadav who had a terrific Indian home season. As for the third seamer, it will be a toss between Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Since Bhuvaneshwar Kumar can swing the ball both ways and bowls brilliantly at the death. Bumrah on the other hand, with his quirky action and spot on yorkers may be enticing, but Kumar’s ability to swing the ball might win him a place in the XI.