The Champions Trophy is an ODI cricket tournament organised by the sport’s world governing body International Cricket Council (ICC). It was inaugurated in 1998 as the ICC KnockOut Tournament and the name was later changed to the Champions Trophy in 2002.
South Africa, India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies and England have been the prominent teams participating in the tournament. They were joined by few associate countries or non-test playing nations like Bangladesh, Kenya, Netherlands, United States and Zimbabwe till 2006.
However, since the 2009 edition, only top eight ranked teams are eligible to play in the tournament.
Chris Gayle (791 runs) of West Indies has the most runs by any batsman in this tournament, followed by Mahela Jayawardene (742 runs) of Sri Lanka and Shikhar Dhawan (701 runs) of India.
Among all, Shikhar Dhawan (101.59) has the highest strike-rate, while Nathan Astle (145*) and Andy Flower (145) hold the record for the highest individual score of the tournament, which they made against the United States in 2004 and against India in 2002, respectively.
Kyle Mills (28 wickets) of New Zealand has picked up the most number of wickets in the history of the tournament. He is followed by Lasith Malinga (25 wickets) and Muttiah Muralitharan (24 wickets), both from Sri Lanka.
Muralitharan’s 3.60 is the lowest economy of the tournament. Farveez Maharoof (6/14) of Sri Lanka and Josh Hazelwood (6/52) of Australia hold the record of best bowling figures in an innings, which they made against West Indies in 2006 and against New Zealand in 2017 respectively.