History of ICC Champions Trophy

The ICC Champions Trophy is a One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), second in importance only to the Cricket World Cup. It was inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out Tournament in 1998 and has been played approximately every two years since. Its name was changed to the Champions Trophy in 2002.

 

The number of teams competing has varied over the years; originally all the ICC’s full members took part, and from 2000 to 2004 associate members were also involved. Since 2009, the tournament has only involved the eight highest-ranked ODI teams as of six months prior to the tournament.

 

In the lead-in to the 2013 tournament, the ICC announced that the 2013 Champions Trophy was to be the last, with its place in the cricketing calendar to be taken by a new ICC World Test Championship. However, in January 2014, that decision was reversed, with the ICC confirming that the 2017 Champions Trophy tournament would take place and the proposed Test Championship was cancelled.

 

Up to 2006 the Champions Trophy was held every two years. The tournament had been scheduled to be held in Pakistan in 2008 but was moved to South Africa in 2009 due to security reasons. From then on it has been held every four years like the World Cup. The Champions Trophy differs from the World Cup in a number of ways.The matches in the Champions Trophy are held over a period of around two weeks, while the World Cup can last for over a month. For 2002 and 2004, twelve teams played a round-robin tournament in four pools of three, with the top team in each pool moving forward to the semi-final. A team would play only four games (two in the pool, semi-final and final) to win the tournament. In 2006, eight teams played in two pools of four, with the top two teams in each pool playing in the semi-finals. Losing a single match potentially means elimination from the tournament.

 

The format used in the Knock Out tournaments differed from the formats used in the Champions Trophy. The competition was a straight knock out, with no pools and the loser in each game being eliminated. Only eight games were played in 1998, and 10 games in 2000.

 

Results

Thirteen nations have qualified for the Champions Trophy at least once. Seven teams have competed in every finals tournament, six of which have won the title. South Africa won the inaugural tournament, India and Australia have won two each, while New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies have each won once. Australia (2006, 2009) is the only nation to have won consecutive titles. Bangladesh, , England and Pakistan are only Test playing nations who are yet to win the Champions Trophy. England has reached the final two times (2004, 2013) and Pakistan reached the semi-finals three times (2000, 2004, 2009). The best result by a non-Test playing nation is the 9th rank achieved by Kenya in the ICC KnockOut Trophy 2000 and the best result by a non-Test playing on their debut is also the 9th rank achieved by Kenya in the ICC KnockOut Trophy 2000.

 

Sri Lanka as a host of the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 was the first and only host to win the tournament, though they were declared co-champions with India. England is the only other host to have made the finals, in (2004, 2013). Bangladesh are the only host who do not take part in the tournament while hosting it. Kenya in 2000, India in 2006, and South Africa in 2009 have been the host teams that were eliminated in the first round.

 

Teams’ performances

Comprehensive results for all teams participating in all tournaments for the ICC Champions Trophy:

 

No Team 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2009 2013 Apps
  Host Ban Ken Srl Eng Ind RSA Eng  
1 Australia QF QF SF SF 1st 1st GP 8
2 Bangladesh   P GP GP P     5
3 England QF QF GP 2nd GP SF 2nd 8
4 India SF 2nd 1st* GP GP GP 1st 8
5 Kenya   P GP GP       3
6 Netherlands     GP         1
7 New Zealand QF 1st GP GP SF 2nd GP 8
8 Pakistan QF SF GP SF GP SF GP 8
9 South Africa 1st SF SF GP SF GP SF 8
10 Sri Lanka SF QF 1st* GP GP GP SF 8
11 United States       GP       1
12 West Indies 2nd P GP 1st 2nd GP GP 7
13 Zimbabwe P QF GP GP P     5
  No. of Teams 9 11 12 12 10 8 8  

 

Legend  
1st  Champion
2nd  Runner-up
SF  Semi-finals
QF  Quarter-finals (1998–2000)
GP  Group/Pool stage – First round
Preliminary qualification stage
Qualified
Apps Appearances

 

Notes

The first two tournaments, in 1998 and 2000, were intended to raise the profile of the game in the host nations, Bangladesh and Kenya. India and Sri Lanka were declared co-champions in 2002.

 

Overview

The table below provides an overview of the performances of teams over past ICC Champions Trophy, as of the end of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Teams are sorted by best performance, then by appearances, total number of wins, total number of games, and alphabetical order respectively.

 

Appearances Statistics
Team Total First Latest Best result Mat. Won Lost Tie NR Win%
India 7 1998 2013 Champions (2002,* 2013) 23 15 06 0 2 71.42
Australia 7 1998 2013 Champions (2006, 2009) 21 12 07 0 2 63.15
West Indies 7 1998 2013 Champions (2004) 24 13 10 1 0 56.25
New Zealand 7 1998 2013 Champions (2000) 21 12 08 0 1 60.00
Sri Lanka 7 1998 2013 Champions (2002)* 23 13 09 0 1 59.09
South Africa 7 1998 2013 Champions (1998) 21 11 09 1 0 54.76
England 7 1998 2013 Runners-Up (2004, 2013) 21 11 10 0 0 52.38
Pakistan 7 1998 2013 SF (2000, 2004, 2009) 18 07 11 0 0 38.88
Zimbabwe 5 1998 2006 Quarter-Finals (2000) 09 00 09 0 0 00.00
Bangladesh 4 2000 2006 Q round (9th Rank) (2006) 08 01 07 0 0 12.50
Kenya 3 2000 2004 PQF (9th Rank) (2000) 05 00 05 0 0 00.00
Netherlands 1 2002 2002 Pool Stage (2002) 02 00 02 0 0 00.00
United States 1 2004 2004 Group Stage (2004) 02 00 02 0 0 00.00

 

Last Updated: 23 June 2013

India and Sri Lanka were declared joint winners in 2002.

 The Win percentage excludes matches with no result and counts ties as half a win.

 

Year 1998 ICC Knock Out tournament

Won by South Africa

 

1998 ICC Knock out Trophy

All of the matches in the 1998 tournament were played in Bangladesh at Bangabandhu National Stadium. The tournament was won by South Africa who beat West Indies in the final. Philo Wallace of West Indies was the leading run scorer in the tournament of scoring 221 runs. This was the first and till date the only ICC event won by South Africa.

 

Year 2000 ICC Knock Out tournament

Won by New Zealand

 

2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy

All of the matches in the 2000 tournament were played in Nairobi, Kenya. All the test playing nations participated in the tournament along with inals, involving Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and England. The tournament was won by New Zealand who beat India in the final. Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly (348) was the leading run scorer in this tournament. Venkatesh Prasad (8) was the leading wicket taker. This was the first and till date the only ICC event won by New Zealand.

 

2002 ICC Champions Trophy

Won by India/ Sri Lanka (Declared Co-Champions)

 

2002 ICC Champions Trophy

The 2002 ICC Champions Trophy was held in Sri Lanka, and included the 10 ICC Test playing nations including the newly appointed full member Bangladesh, Kenya (ODI status) and the 2001 ICC Trophy winners Netherlands. The final between India and Sri Lanka was washed out due to rain twice to leave no result. First, Sri Lanka played 50 overs and then India played two overs before the rain caused interruption. The next day, Sri Lanka again played 50 overs and India played eight overs. In the end India and Sri Lanka were declared joint winners. The teams played 110 overs, but there was no result. Virender Sehwag (271) had the highest number of runs in the tournament and Muralitharan (10) had the highest number of wickets.

 

2004 ICC Champions Trophy

Won by West Indies

 

2004 ICC Champions Trophy

ICC CT 2004 was held in England and the nations competing included the ten ICC Test nations, Kenya (ODI status), and – making their One Day International debut – the United States who qualified by winning the recent 2004 ICC Six Nations Challenge. The completion was more like a knockout series where teams if losing even one game at league stage are out of the tournament. 12 teams divided into 4 groups and table topper from each group played semi’s. ENG defeated AUS in 1st semi-final to make it 4th appearance in final of an ICC event. PAK lose to WI in second semi final which was a low scoring game. In the final game WI team under Lara’s leadership pulled off a tense match with the help of wicket keeper C Browne and tailender’s Ian Bradshaw.

 

2006 ICC Champions Trophy

Won by Australia

 

2006 ICC Champions Trophy

The 2006 ICC Champions Trophy was held in India with the final on 5 November 2006. A new format was used. Eight teams were competing in the group phase: the top six teams in the ICC ODI Championship on 1 April 2006, plus two teams chosen from the other four Test-playing teams Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and , chosen from a pre-tournament round robin qualifying round. West Indies and Sri Lanka qualified ahead of Bangladesh and .

 

The eight teams were then split into two groups of four in a round robin competition. While Australia and West Indies qualified from Group A, South Africa and New Zealand qualified from Group B for the semifinals. Australia and West Indies reached the final defeating New Zealand and South Africa, respectively. In the final, Australia beat West Indies by 8 wickets to win the trophy for the first time. The venues for the tournament were Mohali, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mumbai.

 

2009 ICC Champions Trophy (postponed from 2008)

Won by Australia

 

2009 ICC Champions Trophy

In 2006, the ICC selected Pakistan to host the 2008 ICC Champions Trophy.

 

On 24 August 2008 it was announced that the 2008 ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan has been postponed to October 2009 as several countries were reluctant to visit Pakistan for security reasons. However, due to the crowded international schedule around that date, and concerns about whether the security situation would have changed by that time, there was widespread scepticism whether it would actually take place in 2009.

 

On 16 March 2009, an announcement was made that the ICC has recommended that the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy be moved from Pakistan to South Africa.

 

On 2 April 2009, Cricket South Africa confirmed that it would host the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy from 24 September to 5 October. The Board accepted recommendations from the ICC that Liberty Life Wanderers (Johannesburg) and Supersport Park (Centurion) be the host venues. The details of SA’s hosting of the Champions Trophy were ironed out at a meeting between CSA’s CEO Gerald Majola and ICC general manager – Commercial, Campbell Jamieson. Majola confirmed that the six warm-up games will be played at Benoni’s Willowmoore Park, and Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

 

Australia beat England by 9 wickets in the 1st semi-final, and New Zealand beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in the 2nd semi-final, to set up a final that saw Australia beat New Zealand by 6 wickets, in 45.2 overs.

 

2013 ICC Champions Trophy

Won by India

 

2013 ICC Champions Trophy

England and Wales hosted the 2013 Champions Trophy. England became the only country to host the Champions Trophy twice.  ICC World Test Championship has been postponed to 2017 at the earliest amidst earlier reports. India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and England qualified for the semi-final stage. India and England won their respective games comprehensively and the final between the two took place on 23 June 2013. India beat England by 5 runs at Edgbaston. Ravindra Jadeja was selected as the man of the match and he also received the “Golden Ball” for taking the most wickets. Shikhar Dhawan received the “Golden Bat” for scoring the most runs in the series and was also the man of the series for his outstanding performance. This was India’s second time winning the trophy, after 2002. MS Dhoni became the first skipper to win all the major ICC trophies.

 

2017 ICC Champions Trophy

Starts from 01 June 2017 and concludes on 18 Jun 2017

 

2021 ICC Champions Trophy

India is scheduled to host the 2021 ICC Champions Trophy. However, it is uncertain if the tournament will take place. The ICC has proposed starting an ODI League in 2019. If the new league is introduced, the 2021 tournament may be cancelled.

 

Debut of teams

Team appearing for the first time, in alphabetical order per year.

 

Year Debutants Total
1998 Aus,  Eng,  Ind,  NZl,  Pak,  RSA,  Srl,  Win, Zim  09
2000 Ban,  Ken 02
2002 Net 01
2004 USA 01
2006 none 00
2009 none 00
2013 none 00
2017 none 00
Total   13

 

Records
Team Final appearances Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
India 3 2* 1 2002, 2013 2000
Australia 2 2 0 2006, 2009
West Indies 3 1 2 2004 1998, 2006
New Zealand 2 1 1 2000 2009
Sri Lanka 1 1* 0 2002
South Africa 1 1 0 1998
England 2 0 2 2004, 2013
* Joint Champions in 2002

 

Most consecutive win = India & West Indies win 6 matches

 

Bowling – Leading wicket takers
Player Team Mat W Runs Ave
Kyle Mills NZl 15 28 483 17.25
Muttiah Muralitharan Srl 17 24 484 20.17
Lasith Malinga Srl 13 22 587 26.68
Brett Lee Aus 16 22 591 26.86
Glenn McGrath Aus 12 21 412 19.61

 

Best bowling figures in an innings
Player Team Oppn O M W R Year
Farveez Maharoof Srl Win 9.0 2 6 14 2006
Shahid Afridi Pak Ken 6.0 1 5 11 2004
Makhaya Ntini RSA Pak 6.0 2 5 21 2006
Mervyn Dillon Win Ban 10.0 4 5 29 2004
Jacques Kallis RSA Win 7.3 0 5 30 1998

 

Batting
Highest run scorers
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Average
Chris Gayle 17 17 2 791 133* 52.73
Mahela Jayawardene 22 21 3 742 84* 41.22
Kumar Sangakkara 22 21 3 683 134* 37.94
Sourav Ganguly 13 11 2 665 141* 73.88
Jacques Kallis 17 17 3 653 113* 46.64
* signifies not out            

 

Highest individual scores
Player Team Oppn Score
Nathan Astle NZl USA 145*
Andy Flower Zim Ind 145
Sourav Ganguly Ind RSA 141*
Sachin Tendulkar Ind Aus 141
Graeme Smith RSA Eng 141
* signifies not out      

 

Year MoM-Final Man of the Series Most runs Most wickets
1998 Jacques Kallis Jacques Kallis Philo Wallace (221) Jacques Kallis (8)
2000 Chris Cairns not awarded Sourav Ganguly (348) Venkatesh Prasad (8)
2002 not awarded not awarded Virender Sehwag (271) Muttiah Muralitharan (10)
2004 Ian Bradshaw Ramnaresh Sarwan Marcus Trescothick (261) Andrew Flintoff (9)
2006 Shane Watson Chris Gayle Chris Gayle (474) Jerome Taylor (13)
2009 Shane Watson Ricky Ponting Ricky Ponting (288) Wayne Parnell (11)
2013 Ravindra Jadeja Shikhar Dhawan Shikhar Dhawan (363) Ravindra Jadeja (12)

 

Did Team India chief coach Anil Kumble leak some one-on-one conversations with senior players to a selective media? – Reports Chandrashekhar Luthra from DNA

Did Team India chief coach Anil Kumble leak some one-on-one conversations with senior players to a selective media?

Is captain Virat Kohli more comfortable with former team director Ravi Shastri than Kumble?

The answer to both the questions appear to be an emphatic yes. However, the big question is who is willing to step into the shoes of Kumble?

With the last date approaching fast (May 31) to apply for top cricket coaching job in India, nobody so far has shown interest in it. And it is unlikely Shastri will make any move going by the ugly spat between him and cricket advisory committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly the last time.

Going by insiders in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli has made it clear that it would not be an easy task for anyone in the team to rebuild the same level of trust with Kumble.

The legendary leg-spinner had replaced Shastri as head coach before last year’s overseas series against the West Indies.

It is believed that the top officials of the BCCI top officials have been apprised by few seniors in the team that Kumble on more than one occasion has leaked “one-on-one” talks with senior players to his selective group of “friends in the media”.

A senior BCCI official said, “We’ve been told that there is a WhatsApp group created by Kumble of his few trusted media friends and few confidential talks between him and senior players were leaked through that.”

The situation came to such an extent that Kohli shot down Kumble’s suggestion to field Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav during the third Test in Ranchi. Kumble is said to have forced stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane to rope in Yadav as the third spinner during the last Test against Australia in Dharamshala.

Who else then?

There are two names doing the rounds. One is former swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag. While the other is coach of India’s junior team Rahul Dravid. The names have apparently been floated by a member of Committee of Administrators, Ramachandra Guha.

However, the problem with Guha’s choice is that Dravid has been associated with an Indian Premier League team, Delhi Daredevils, and that rules him out because of the the Justice Lodha panel recommendations.

“At this highest level, a team needs a good man manager and not a great name. We’ve seen how a cricketing great like Greg Chappell literally created a friction in Team India during his tenure. We certainly don’t want that kind of situation and I hope the three-member CAC — Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly and VVS Laxman — would consider all these things before taking a final call,” said a senior official.

“Kohli and Kumble are both strong personalities and Indian cricket fans would certainly not want a situation like the old,” added the official.

Though, Sehwag has not reacted so far to the speculations but the pressure is still on him to at least send an email to the BCCI secretary.

COA’s could mediate

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that COA chief Vinod Rai might try to broker peace between Kumble and Kohli during his private visit to England in the first week of June.

“COA is apparently keen to have Kumble again but then Kohli’s opinion is also very critical,” said a source close to COA. “Rai is visiting London during the course of Champions Trophy and it is believed that he would speak to all the parties involved, including the CAC before the final interviews on June 5 and 6,” said the source, adding: “If no solution is found then expect a new coach on June 10.”

Virat Kohli had apprehensions about Anil Kumble from the start – Reports Indian Express

Sriram Veera’s report on Kohli-Kumble controversy in Indian Express of today has more  details. Read on

He is overbearing. LAST week, this text flashed on a BCCI official’s phone. It was said to be from Virat Kohli and it was about coach Anil Kumble. Rumblings in the BCCI corridor have begun once again. In another corner of the world, one man isn’t surprised.  As a coach, he had pushed and questioned Kohli about small things on and off the field: strategy, the team’s future. Small stuff. Kohli didn’t like it, and soon, the coach was out. “People generally don’t like being questioned and their shortcomings pointed out but I knew what I did was for his, and the team’s, well-being.” That was South African Ray Jennings, one of the first coaches that Kohli worked with at the IPL team in Bangalore. He was speaking to The Indian Express in January 2015, a year after he was sacked and days after Kohli was named Indian captain.

According to Jennings, it was Kohli who pushed for a change of coach. He says he got neither a phone call from Kohli nor a chat about the change in plan. Daniel Vettori replaced him — that was that.  “He is a very talented kid but sometimes thinks he is better than the game,” Jennings had said. He isn’t surprised now that there are problems surfacing between Kohli and Kumble. “I know both of them,” he told The Indian Express today. “Pretty headstrong gentlemen with conviction of their views. A conflict, I guess, wasn’t going to be surprising.”

However, Jennings is quick to point out one crucial factor in the relationship between a coach and a captain. “A hard coach can keep pushing and prodding the players of the team but the relationship between the captain and coach has to be good. The trust has to be there. The coach can have issues with the rest of the players but needs to have a smooth relationship with the captain for things to progress. And, as a captain, he has the right to work with people he is comfortable with and I have no complaints.” Here is where the Kohli-Kumble issue gets complicated.

Sources in the dressing room say that Kohli had apprehensions about Kumble right from the start. “He would throw a word or two about what he thought about the new coach. You know, nothing bad, but there was enough there to realise he wasn’t sure or had some doubts,” says a member of the Indian contingent. Perhaps, it was the ejection of Kohli’s man Ravi Shastri that he was finding hard to come to terms with.

Shastri wasn’t exactly a cheer-leading coach but he would always throw his weight behind the captain — talk him up, almost a best man of sorts. It was a relationship that Kohli had warmed up to. In fact, just before the interview process for the coach — where eventually Kumble got chosen — Shastri was very confident about his own chances because of this relationship he shared with the captain.

In fact, he was more concerned about the future of batting coach Sanjay Bangar and bowling coach Bharat Arun as he had heard rumours about them being viewed with scepticism in BCCI corridors. There was no self-doubt about his own place in Shastri’s mind. It was the cricket committee, and Sourav Ganguly, in particular, who effected a coup of sorts by installing Kumble.

Ironically, it’s they who are entrusted with the job to work out a patch-up between the two. During IPL 2 and 3 (2009-10) Kohli and Kumble worked at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Back then, even though Kohli was a rising star, there was no question about who was the real powerhouse. Kumble called the shots then but times have changed. Today, Kohli is the heavyweight and it doesn’t need an overbearing Greg Chappell to cross his lines.

It’s the small things, says a source. “It’s just not the captain alone. A few months back, a bowler landed at the national cricket academy in Bangalore. Rest, recuperation, and some fitness work was on his mind. Some bit of bowling too. He was told he had to put in hours of bowling, get Test-match fit. He wasn’t initially keen but was told he had no choice. For what it’s worth, his bowling improved at the end of the stint,” said a source.

There is another anecdote about a batsman who was injured and wanted to stay away. But it’s learnt Kumble wanted him to “toughen up” and play setting off some disquiet within. “Sometimes, as a coach, you have to tread on fragile egos, be sensitive. A couple of players felt Kumble wasn’t,” said a source.

There are a few others who say Kumble, with little tips and timely suggestions to bowlers during the Australia Test series, actually helped them get successes. So, as with most coaches, the stories are a mixed bag. A team member hits the sweet spot when he summarises the issue: “Kohli would have loved to have a team atmosphere like the one M S Dhoni had.”

Dhoni had the full backing of then BCCI president N Srinivasan and was an immovable object. When the Mohinder Amarnath-led committee wanted to sack him as captain, Srinivasan vetoed it. Dhoni had full command of the team, especially after the noise of the 2012 Australian series where some problems with a senior or two surfaced. Ever so gently, he oversaw the phasing out of veterans in the team.

Kohli might have sensed he had that kind of backing and support when Anurag Thakur was BCCI president. But with the Supreme Court stepping in and shaking up the system, he couldn’t press on with that advantage. It’s here that Jennings’s words find an echo. A coach can be at loggerheads with a few players in the team, can push them around, but he has to have a smooth relationship with the captain. That seems to be clear.

More so when there’s little doubt that Kohli is the leader of this team. There are no alternate power centre. Ajinkya Rahane might have led the team with great composure in the last Test against Australia but he isn’t a certainty in all formats. And there is no one else breathing down Kohli’s neck. R Ashwin has talked about how he is “ “leader without a title” and he is undoubtedly a man whose brains Kohli picks but it’s clear the board doesn’t view him as a captaincy candidate as of now.

In other words, this isn’t the era where anyone from Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, or even Tendulkar could have been the captain — it’s Kohli or bust. If Kumble is credited with successes at home, then one must give it first to the captain. No one is talking about Kohli being dropped or disciplined. In that scenario, it seems he automatically gets the upper hand over whoever is the coach. The cricket committee’s approach to first mend affairs is prudent but it’s easier said than done.

Much will depend on how Ganguly & Co. view the situation. Will they feel that Kohli can’t have untrammelled power and it’s better to have someone to keep him grounded? Or that Kohli, as captain, should be empowered to decide how to run the team? The questions are obvious, not the answers.

India players reportedly ‘intimidated’ by coach Kumble

www.hrgcricstats.com brings you one more article on the controversy Kumble and the Indian team published in the cricket’s numero uno portal www.espncricinfo.com with its courtesy

India’s campaign for Champions Trophy has begun under a cloud of discontent within the dressing room with the captain, and possibly a few other senior players, expressing a lack of confidence in their head coach.

 

Speculation had been rife ever since the BCCI chose not to automatically extend the tenure of Anil Kumble as the head coach, choosing instead to advertise the position, and it has now emerged that the decision was made following feedback from Virat Kohli about Kumble’s coaching method, which he is said to have described as “intimidating”.

 

Kumble’s year-long contract expires at the end of the Champions Trophy. The development comes at less than an ideal time for India, with their first match in the Champions Trophy, against arch rivals Pakistan, just days away.

 

It is understood that Kohli relayed the sense of discontent to the BCCI’s top office bearers as well as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) before the team left for England. He is also understood to have spoken to Sourav Ganguly, who is part of the cricket advisory panel which has been tasked with deciding the coaching option.

 

The players’ concerns are thought to centre mainly around Kumble’s man-management skills. In the words of one official familiar with the details, Kumble has been conducting himself like a “headmaster” at a school. Such an approach, the official said, “had not gone down well” with the players who are used to a more relaxed dressing room. Some players – not the bigger personalities like Kohli or MS Dhoni – have felt “a bit intimidated” by Kumble’s approach.

 

Such has been the approach, the official said, that some of the injuries that have ruled players out during Kumble’s tenure were not strictly cricket related. “Kumble was pushing hard. The bulk of them [injuries] are non-cricketing injuries. One of the players was stressed out. So the team is not a happy lot.”

 

What has surprised the BCCI is that Kumble has failed to read these concerns. The official said that the reason Kumble has been successful was because “the team has been successful” playing cricket mostly at home. “The way the cricket set-up works in India is the coach is not the king. So the coach has to understand that.”

 

Based on the player feedback, the BCCI decided that the time to “change” had come and the “best” way to move forward was to put in place an advertisement inviting fresh applications. The official admitted that the timing was not ideal – the advertisement went out on the day Indian squad arrived in London to defend the Champions Trophy, and applications for the job close on the eve of the tournament opener – but he said the process had to followed.

 

The most telling public comments came from Kohli, who said last week he did not find anything untoward with what the BCCI was doing. “The process has been followed every single time the similar way in Indian cricket for the past so many years is what I know,” Kohli said at his first media briefing upon landing in England. “Even the last time the post was up for a change the same procedure was applied. With the term being one year, the procedure is being followed in the same manner. I don’t see anything very different from what has happened in the past. That is something the board has recognised. They want to follow the same pattern.”

 

Kohli was equivocal in his response to the success India have had under Kumble. “When you have results come your way, the contribution is from every part of the team,” he said. “It is not from a single source to say the least. Everyone works hard equally if not more than the other person.”

 

Kumble has not yet spoken publicly about the situation. He is, however, bound to be disappointed considering India have only lost one series in any format under his charge: the two-match Twenty20 series in Florida against West Indies last August. Kumble has also been front and centre in talks with the BCCI over enhancing the contracts not just of the national team’s players but also domestic players and Indian coaching staff.

 

The situation also puts three other Indian legends in an awkward position. It was only last June that Kumble was nominated by the three-man cricket advisory panel comprising his contemporaries, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman; Kumble wasn’t in the original shortlist of candidates the BCCI had finalised because he had no formal coaching experience. But it was at the panel’s insistence that he was put in. And now they have to go through the process again; it isn’t yet known if Kumble will go through the process again. Ganguly is currently in England, doing television commentary for the official broadcaster of the Champions Trophy.

 

At the time of Kumble’s appointment, the BCCI made out the contract for only a year saying that would give Kumble time to prove his coaching credentials. The former BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said that a review would be carried out after one year. Incidentally, Ajay Shirke, who was the BCCI secretary last June, had said that when the review was done, Kumble should find himself in the “driver’s seat” considering India were playing a long home season comprising 13 Tests and a couple of ODI series. Kumble might not be holding the steering wheel anymore.

 

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

 

Bowlers who have bowled at least one maiden over in Champions Trophy

The following is the list of  bowlers who have bowled a maiden over in the Champions Trophy matches played hither to

Player Team Span Mat Inns Overs M Runs W BBI Ave 4 5 Ct St
WPUJC Vaas Srl 1998-2006 16 16 125.4 19 494 18 2/6 27.44 0 0 2 0
GD McGrath Aus 2000-2006 12 12 102.0 13 412 21 5/37 19.61 0 1 1 0
DL Vettori NZl 1998-2013 17 17 142.4 12 522 18 3/14 29.00 0 0 9 0
M Muralitharan Srl 1998-2009 17 15 134.1 11 484 24 4/15 20.16 2 0 1 0
D Gough Eng 2000-2004 6 6 50.0 8 230 6 3/48 38.33 0 0 3 0
SM Pollock RSA 2000-2006 11 11 88.1 8 321 16 3/27 20.06 0 0 6 0
AB Agarkar Ind 1998-2006 12 12 91.2 7 484 11 2/40 44.00 0 0 2 0
Harbhajan Singh Ind 2002-2009 13 13 125.0 7 496 14 3/27 35.42 0 0 6 0
Z Khan Ind 2000-2002 9 9 80.0 7 368 15 4/45 24.53 1 0 0 0
KD Mills NZl 2002-2013 15 15 112.3 7 483 28 4/30 17.25 2 0 4 0
JDP Oram NZl 2002-2006 8 8 64.4 7 270 15 5/36 18.00 0 1 1 0
Shoaib Akhtar Pak 2002-2004 5 5 37.5 7 114 7 4/36 16.28 1 0 1 0
M Ntini RSA 2002-2006 8 8 57.0 7 248 16 5/21 15.50 0 1 1 0
SL Malinga Srl 2006-2013 13 13 114.1 7 587 22 4/34 26.68 2 0 1 0
B Lee Aus 2000-2009 16 15 123.1 6 591 22 3/38 26.86 0 0 1 0
JM Anderson Eng 2006-2013 12 12 101.2 6 457 21 3/20 21.76 0 0 2 0
Iftikhar Anjum Pak 2006-2006 3 3 25.0 6 107 4 2/26 26.75 0 0 3 0
JN Gillespie Aus 2000-2004 7 7 56.0 5 209 12 4/15 17.41 1 0 1 0
SJ Harmison Eng 2004-2006 6 6 46.5 5 216 11 3/29 19.63 0 0 1 0
RA Jadeja Ind 2013-2013 5 5 41.0 5 154 12 5/36 12.83 0 1 2 0
IK Pathan Ind 2004-2006 5 5 35.0 5 141 9 3/34 15.66 0 0 1 0
SE Bond NZl 2002-2009 10 10 91.0 5 472 17 4/21 27.76 1 0 2 0
Naved-ul-Hasan Pak 2004-2009 9 9 67.0 5 315 10 4/25 31.50 1 0 2 0
NW Bracken Aus 2006-2006 5 5 41.0 4 194 10 3/22 19.40 0 0 1 0
SK Warne Aus 2002-2002 3 3 20.2 4 60 3 1/2 20.00 0 0 1 0
Mashrafe Mortaza Ban 2006-2006 3 3 24.0 4 101 2 1/16 50.50 0 0 1 0
R Ashwin Ind 2013-2013 5 5 41.0 4 181 8 3/48 22.62 0 0 4 0
B Kumar Ind 2013-2013 5 5 35.0 4 137 6 2/19 22.83 0 0 2 0
MM Patel Ind 2006-2006 3 3 24.4 4 108 4 3/18 27.00 0 0 0 0
I Sharma Ind 2009-2013 7 7 53.3 4 310 13 3/33 23.84 0 0 1 0
CZ Harris NZl 1998-2004 9 8 60.3 4 281 4 1/29 70.25 0 0 5 0
Mohammad Sami Pak 2002-2004 4 4 27.0 4 105 2 1/18 52.50 0 0 0 0
Shahid Afridi Pak 1998-2009 13 12 98.4 4 427 14 5/11 30.50 0 1 3 0
Umar Gul Pak 2006-2009 7 7 54.5 4 275 10 3/28 27.50 0 0 3 0
CK Langeveldt RSA 2004-2006 3 3 20.5 4 78 6 3/17 13.00 0 0 1 0
A Nel RSA 2006-2006 4 4 31.0 4 139 4 3/41 34.75 0 0 0 0
HDPK Dharmasena Srl 1998-2002 6 4 36.0 4 115 6 2/14 19.16 0 0 0 0
ST Jayasuriya Srl 1998-2009 20 14 100.0 4 378 14 3/39 27.00 0 0 6 0
MF Maharoof Srl 2004-2006 8 8 55.0 4 247 16 6/14 15.43 0 1 2 0
A Symonds Aus 2004-2006 8 7 39.0 3 189 3 1/11 63.00 0 0 1 0
SR Watson Aus 2002-2013 17 15 96.0 3 396 17 3/16 23.29 0 0 4 0
SCJ Broad Eng 2009-2013 8 8 64.0 3 358 16 4/39 22.37 1 0 0 0
P Kumar Ind 2009-2009 2 2 17.0 3 56 3 3/22 18.66 0 0 1 0
A Kumble Ind 1998-2002 10 10 94.0 3 443 11 2/22 40.27 0 0 3 0
A Nehra Ind 2002-2009 8 8 68.3 3 313 11 4/55 28.45 1 0 1 0
DR Tuffey NZl 2002-2009 4 4 31.4 3 185 5 2/39 37.00 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Amir Pak 2009-2009 3 3 25.0 3 102 6 3/24 17.00 0 0 1 0
Waqar Younis Pak 2002-2002 2 2 12.0 3 51 2 2/14 25.50 0 0 0 0
AC Dawson RSA 1998-2002 3 3 24.0 3 114 3 1/12 38.00 0 0 0 0
JH Kallis RSA 1998-2009 17 15 106.3 3 525 20 5/30 26.25 0 1 4 0
L Klusener RSA 2000-2004 7 7 45.0 3 198 2 1/29 99.00 0 0 4 0
R McLaren RSA 2013-2013 4 4 27.1 3 148 8 4/19 18.50 1 0 0 0
DW Steyn RSA 2009-2013 4 4 34.5 3 171 8 3/47 21.37 0 0 1 0
AD Mathews Srl 2009-2013 7 6 35.0 3 161 6 2/33 26.83 0 0 2 0
MG Johnson Aus 2006-2013 11 10 87.0 2 406 12 3/40 33.83 0 0 2 0
MS Kasprowicz Aus 1998-2004 4 4 36.0 2 169 10 4/14 16.90 1 0 2 0
PM Siddle Aus 2009-2009 5 4 33.0 2 146 6 3/55 24.33 0 0 0 0
Abdur Razzak Ban 2006-2006 3 3 26.2 2 91 4 2/12 22.75 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Rafique Ban 2000-2006 8 8 66.0 2 291 6 2/26 48.50 0 0 2 0
Nazmul Hossain Ban 2004-2004 2 2 16.0 2 61 0 0 0 1 0
AR Caddick Eng 2000-2002 4 4 34.0 2 171 2 2/35 85.50 0 0 1 0
AF Giles Eng 1998-2004 6 5 33.0 2 149 5 2/35 29.80 0 0 1 0
JC Tredwell Eng 2013-2013 4 4 25.0 2 122 5 3/19 24.40 0 0 2 0
MH Yardy Eng 2006-2006 3 3 19.0 2 60 0 0 0 0 0
SR Tendulkar Ind 1998-2009 16 11 74.1 2 351 14 4/38 25.07 1 0 7 0
UT Yadav Ind 2013-2013 5 5 35.4 2 198 4 2/75 49.50 0 0 0 0
Yuvraj Singh Ind 2000-2006 13 9 36.2 2 160 3 1/6 53.33 0 0 7 0
CL Cairns NZl 2000-2004 4 4 19.0 2 79 1 1/16 79.00 0 0 3 0
TG Southee NZl 2013-2013 2 2 11.0 2 51 0 0 0 0 0
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Arshad Khan Pak 1998-2000 3 3 29.0 2 133 2 2/43 66.50 0 0 0 0
Saeed Ajmal Pak 2009-2013 7 7 55.5 2 226 12 2/16 18.83 0 0 1 0
Shoaib Malik Pak 2002-2013 15 12 66.0 2 266 10 3/15 26.60 0 0 8 0
Wasim Akram Pak 1998-2002 4 4 35.4 2 184 7 3/40 26.28 0 0 1 0
AA Donald RSA 2000-2002 4 4 34.0 2 144 8 2/25 18.00 0 0 2 0
WD Parnell RSA 2009-2009 3 3 28.0 2 196 11 5/57 17.81 0 1 0 0
R Telemachus RSA 2000-2000 2 2 18.0 2 107 0 0 0 0 0
PA de Silva Srl 1998-2002 7 1 10.0 2 16 1 1/16 16.00 0 0 3 0
DNT Zoysa Srl 1998-2004 6 6 46.0 2 216 10 3/19 21.60 0 0 0 0
XJ Doherty Aus 2013-2013 2 2 11.0 1 34 1 1/30 34.00 0 0 0 0
DW Fleming Aus 1998-1998 1 1 10.0 1 45 1 1/45 45.00 0 0 0 0
IJ Harvey Aus 2000-2000 1 1 9.0 1 54 1 1/54 54.00 0 0 0 0
NM Hauritz Aus 2009-2009 5 4 30.5 1 116 5 3/37 23.20 0 0 2 0
GB Hogg Aus 2006-2006 2 2 7.0 1 28 1 1/11 28.00 0 0 2 0
JR Hopes Aus 2009-2009 5 3 20.0 1 105 2 1/27 52.50 0 0 2 0
CJ McKay Aus 2013-2013 3 3 24.0 1 99 5 2/10 19.80 0 0 0 0
Khaled Mahmud Ban 2002-2004 3 3 24.0 1 132 2 2/41 66.00 0 0 0 0
Manjural Islam Ban 2002-2002 2 2 14.0 1 65 2 2/30 32.50 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Ashraful Ban 2002-2006 5 1 5.0 1 26 3 3/26 8.66 0 0 0 0
Shakib Al Hasan Ban 2006-2006 3 3 17.0 1 53 3 3/18 17.66 0 0 1 0
Syed Rasel Ban 2006-2006 2 2 15.0 1 91 2 2/65 45.50 0 0 0 0
RS Bopara Eng 2009-2013 7 5 24.0 1 132 6 3/20 22.00 0 0 3 0
TT Bresnan Eng 2009-2013 5 5 37.0 1 234 4 2/41 58.50 0 0 0 0
MA Ealham Eng 1998-2000 3 3 27.0 1 140 3 3/48 46.66 0 0 0 0
ST Finn Eng 2013-2013 1 1 8.0 1 45 1 1/45 45.00 0 0 0 0
A Flintoff Eng 2000-2006 9 5 36.0 1 153 9 3/11 17.00 0 0 0 0
MJ Hoggard Eng 2002-2002 2 2 20.0 1 79 3 3/25 26.33 0 0 0 0
J Lewis Eng 2006-2006 1 1 10.0 1 35 1 1/35 35.00 0 0 0 0
AG Wharf Eng 2004-2004 4 4 24.5 1 116 0 0 0 0 0
RR Powar Ind 2006-2006 1 1 8.0 1 24 3 3/24 8.00 0 0 0 0
V Sehwag Ind 2002-2006 10 8 53.0 1 216 5 3/25 43.20 0 0 2 0
RP Singh Ind 2006-2009 2 2 13.0 1 88 1 1/59 88.00 0 0 1 0
S Sreesanth Ind 2006-2006 1 1 8.0 1 43 2 2/43 21.50 0 0 0 0
NJ Astle NZl 1998-2006 13 7 40.0 1 197 6 2/39 32.83 0 0 6 0
IG Butler NZl 2009-2009 3 3 27.0 1 128 5 4/44 25.60 1 0 0 0
SB Doull NZl 1998-1998 2 2 12.0 1 59 3 2/17 19.66 0 0 0 0
JEC Franklin NZl 2006-2013 10 8 61.0 1 294 4 2/40 73.50 0 0 1 0
SB Styris NZl 2000-2006 8 3 22.0 1 103 3 2/53 34.33 0 0 4 0
Mohammad Hafeez Pak 2006-2013 6 5 31.1 1 107 4 1/14 26.75 0 0 2 0
Mohammad Irfan Pak 2013-2013 3 3 20.0 1 83 4 3/32 20.75 0 0 0 0
Wahab Riaz Pak 2013-2013 3 3 23.0 1 112 3 2/42 37.33 0 0 1 0
DM Benkenstein RSA 1998-2002 4 1 3.5 1 5 3 3/5 1.66 0 0 2 0
N Boje RSA 1998-2004 8 7 50.3 1 242 8 3/23 30.25 0 0 3 0
J Botha RSA 2009-2009 3 3 27.0 1 153 3 2/56 51.00 0 0 0 0
WJ Cronje RSA 1998-1998 3 3 18.0 1 89 4 2/26 22.25 0 0 1 0
CH Morris RSA 2013-2013 3 3 19.0 1 93 4 2/25 23.25 0 0 0 0
JL Ontong RSA 2002-2002 1 1 10.0 1 30 3 3/30 10.00 0 0 0 0
RJ Peterson RSA 2002-2013 8 7 46.2 1 229 4 2/34 57.25 0 0 2 0
LL Tsotsobe RSA 2013-2013 4 4 30.0 1 169 4 2/23 42.25 0 0 1 0
RE van der Merwe RSA 2009-2009 3 3 29.0 1 144 2 2/35 72.00 0 0 2 0
UDU Chandana Srl 1998-2004 8 7 55.2 1 265 4 2/39 66.25 0 0 4 0
TM Dilshan Srl 2004-2013 15 8 25.0 1 112 2 1/11 56.00 0 0 5 0
RMS Eranga Srl 2013-2013 3 3 26.0 1 165 5 2/45 33.00 0 0 1 0
CRD Fernando Srl 2002-2006 9 8 48.5 1 202 7 3/30 28.85 0 0 3 0
PW Gunaratne Srl 2002-2002 4 4 17.0 1 97 4 2/19 24.25 0 0 0 0
KMDN Kulasekara Srl 2009-2013 6 6 52.0 1 267 7 3/42 38.14 0 0 1 0
BAW Mendis Srl 2009-2009 3 3 25.0 1 114 3 3/30 38.00 0 0 0 0
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