As I write this, it is still not clear whether the Champions Trophy will still be in the calendar. If it does, it will be held in India in 2021, returning there after 2006.
Here we have the full statistical highlights from 1998-99 to 2017.
Most runs-300 and above:
Gayle and M. Jayawardene still head the list, with Dhawan now in 3rd place. Kohli and RG Sharma are a little further down, followed by other current players such as Morgan and Root.
4 players have made 3 centuries; Dhawan and the Three Gs, Gayle, Ganguly and Gibbs. 3 have made 6 scores of 50+; Dhawan, Dravid and Ganguly. Dravid made 6 scores between 50 and 99.
Highest innings (110 and above):
The record of Astle’s 145* against the USA remains, while the highest scores in 2017 were made by Root (133*) and Tamim (128).
Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings)-all cases:
Only Shoaib Malik features from those who appeared in 2017. The current Indian batsmen have not reached 15 innings yet. While Chanderpaul has the highest average, Gayle (closely followed by Jayasuriya) have the highest strike rates.
Turning to bowling:
Most wickets (15 and above):
KD Mills still holds the record with 28, while Malinga is now in second place with 25. The only other player from 2017 is Sir Ravindra.
No one has taken 5wi more than once, while several have taken two 4wis. They include Malinga (once in 2017) and Plunkett (twice in 2017).
Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 5wi and above):
The only outstanding performance in 2017 was Hazlewood’s 6-52, which is second in the overall list. There were a few 4wis, which are not shown in the above table.
Bowling averages (minimum 750 balls, all cases):
Only Malinga appears from those who played in 2017. Muralitharan has the best average as well as the best economy and strike rate. While his average is considerably better than that of Vaas in second place, Vettori’s economy rate and Malinga’s strike rate are relatively closer to Muralitharan’s figures.
Enough for one sitting. To be continued.