The Champions Trophy is an ICC ODI tournament. It tends to be a short tournament, ascompared to the World Cup. We will now look at the highest individual scores in aChampions Trophy match in the 21 st century.
1. Virender Sehwag (2002)
This game was during the early years of Virender Sehwag as the opener for India. India faced England in this match. England batted first and scored 269. In response, India started well with an opening partnership of 192 runs, which effectively sealed the game. Sehwag scored his century and got out at the fall of the first wicket. India won the game by eight wickets. Virender Sehwag scored 126 runs in this match.
2. Tamim Iqbal (2017)
This game was a group stage game between Bangladesh and England. Tamim Iqbal opened the batting for Bangladesh in this game. He anchored well at one end. His partnership of 166runs with Mushfiqur Rahim ensured, that Bangladesh reached 305. Tamim Iqbal scored 128 runs in this match.
3. Shoaib Malik (2009)
This game was a group stage between arch-nemeses, Pakistan, and India. Pakistan batted first and scored 302,thanks to a century by Shoaib Malik and an 87 by Mohammad Yousuf. Pakistan eventually won the match by a significant margin of 54 runs. Shoaib Malik scored 128 runs in this match.
4. Joe Root (2017)
This game was the same Bangladesh vs. England game, mentioned previously. England had to chase a target of 306 against Bangladesh. They largely managed to chase it successfully without any hiccups, as Alex Hales scored 95, and Joe Root managed to score a century. England won the match by eight wickets. Joe Root scored 133 not out in this match.
5. Chris Gayle (2006)
This game was a semifinal game between West Indies and South Africa. South Africa batted first, and scored 258. West Indies, in response, had Chris Gayle opening the batting. He made light work of the chase. Dominating the proceedings in the opening partnership, then staying on till the end, belting the ball throughout the innings. West Indies won the match by six wickets. Chris Gayle scored 133 not out in this match.
6. Kumar Sangakkara (2013)
This game was a group stage game between Sri Lanka and England. England batted first, and scored 293. Chasing that, Sri Lanka did an excellent job, especially Kumar Sangakkara. He stitched valuable partnerships with every batsman, attaining a century of his own. Sri Lanka won the game. Kumar Sangakkara scored 134 not out in this match.
7. Shane Watson (2009)
Shane Watson had a poor start to the tournament. However, he turned up great, during clutch matches. Australia faced England in the semifinal, and bowled first. Shane Watson took two wickets, while being pretty economical. Chasing 258, the first wicket fell at 6. From there on, though, no more wickets fell, as Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting saw through the chase, with Watson scoring most of the runs. Shane Watson scored 136 not out in this
8. Graeme Smith (2009)
South Africa bowled first in this group stage game against England. England managed 323. In reply, the South African captain and opener, Graeme Smith, batted well, scoring a century .However, he had no support from the other end, with every batsman, getting dismissed quickly. South Africa lost the match. Graeme Smith scored 141 runs in this match.
9. Andy Flower (2002)
Zimbabwe bowled first in this group stage game against India. While they started bowlingwell at the start, they let the No. 7 batsman Mohammad Kaif, score a century, and Indiaended up scoring 288. Chasing this, the Zimbabwean batsman Andy Flower didn’t havemuch support from the other end, but he piled runs. In the end, Zimbabwe lost by 14 runs.Andy Flower scored 145 runs in this match.
10. Nathan Astle (2004)
This was a group stage game for New Zealand against the USA. As expected, New Zealandwon the match. But the margin was a massive 210 runs. New Zealand batted first, and theiropener Nathan Astle made merry with USA’s bowling. USA’s batting didn’t do themselvesany favour either, as they got bowled out for 137. Nathan Astle scored 145 not out in this match.