PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT, GOLDEN BALL – HASAN ALI
A key to Pakistan’s success at the ICC Champions Trophy, fast bowler Hasan Ali picked up 13 wickets during the course of the tournament which saw him being named the Player of the Tournament as well as get the Golden Ball for being the highest wicket-taker.
He didn’t start the tournament on the best note as he conceded 70 runs and took just one wicket against India in Pakistan’s first group stage match.
From there on, he performed at a level above any other bowler at the tournament.
Hasan picked up three wickets each in all four of Pakistan’s last four matches at the tournament and the Men in Green managed to win each of those games – first, by restricting South Africa to 219/8 and then, by bowling out Sri Lanka for 236, England for 211, and India for 158.
GOLDEN BAT – SHIKHAR DHAWAN
There’s something about the Champions Trophy and Shikhar Dhawan.
This was the second time that the left-handed opener was part of the Indian team at the tournament and he managed to bag the Golden Bat trophy just like he had done in the previous edition in 2013.
Coming into the tournament, there were some doubts about Dhawan’s place in the Indian team and he answered his critics in style by notching up 338 runs from five innings in the tournament.
His partnerships at the top of the order with Rohit Sharma (who was the second highest run-getter in the tournament) played a big part in India’s run to the final.