Winner of Golden Bat in ICC Champions Trophy 2017
Question in detail
The golden bat race has got the acceleration with ICC Champions Trophy 2017 reaching its business end just one match to go to declare the title winner. Those who have high prospects to claim the golden bat award in CT 2017 are three Indians, including Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Since Bangladesh and England have met their fate ahead of the CT final, Tamim Iqbal and Joe Root, despite being 3rd and 4th respectively, stand no chance to surpass these three Indians on the run count.
Shikhar Dhawan loves affairs with ICC events, whether be it Wrold Cup, T20 WC or Champions Trophy. Dhwawn has made the CT 2017 his own scoring 317 runs in 4 innings. In reaching the 300-run mark, the southpaw Indian opener hit two half-centuries and one century. What's more, he added an unprecedented record to his name; he became the fastest to touch 1000-run mark in ICC ODI events after Sachin Tendulkar. In addition to this, Dhawan has amassed 680 runs in all editions of Champions Trophy. With this, he broke Sourav Ganguly's record of 665 runs in all CT editions. All he took to reach 680 runs is 9 innings. Undergoing purple patch at present, Dhawan is very much close to his second consecutive golden bat award in CT 2017.
Another batsman to potentially become the winner of golden bat in Champions Trophy 2017 is another Indian opener Rohit Sharma. One of the 9 centurions, Rohit hit his form right before the tournament began. He is just 13 runs short to surpass the table-topper Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit has stacked up 304 runs in 4 innings at an average of 101.33 and a strike rate of 87.61. The 30-year old Indian opener climbed 2nd spot at the back of 2 half-centuries, and 1 unbeaten century in the semifinal game against Bangladesh.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli has slammed 3 unbeaten fifties in the tournament so far. Placed 5th at present on the batsmen chart, but the margin of runs between the table-topper and his respective position is really less. It won't be a surprise if Kohli bridges the gap in the next match. All he would take to top the table is one big knock, and that doesn't look a big deal for the run machine. As of now, Kohli has scored 253 runs in 4 innings at a scary average of 253 and a strike rate of 100.40. Given his numbers that really scare off, Kohli can also not be overlooked as the winner of golden bat in Champions Trophy 2017.
Who out of Dhawan, Rohit and Virat will claim the GOLDEN BAT award in CT 2017?