Sangakkara only Sri Lankan in CT13 team of the tournament

By Staff Writers | June 24, 2013

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Kumar Sangakkara was Sri Lanka's most successful batsman at the tournament. © AFP

Kumar Sangakkara was the only player from Sri Lanka named in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 team of the tournament.

After featuring in four games in the tournament, Sangakkara finished as the third-highest run-scorer, making 222 runs at an average of 74. The classy left-hander helped his side's goal of reaching the semi-finals with a match-winning, unbeaten century in Sri Lanka's must-win group match against hosts England.

The team of the tournament was selected by a five-person selection panel that comprised Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket, and Chairman Event Technical Committee), Javagal Srinath (former India fast bowler and ICC Emirates Elite Panel match referee), Aleem Dar (ICC Emirates Elite Panel umpire), Scyld Berry (Wisden Editor from 2008-2011 and Sunday Telegraph correspondent) and Stephen Brenkley (correspondent of The Independent and Independent On Sunday).

"It was an extremely difficult task for the panel to pick a team of 11 players from the quality of players who featured in this tournament," the chairman of the panel, Allardice, said in a statement.

"As the selection criteria was the performance in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, some of the best players had to be left out, though they would walk very easily into any World XI.

"The side is a good mixture of specialists and all-rounders, and includes six in-form batsmen, including Dhoni as a wicketkeeper-batsman, a spinner in Jadeja, McLaren as an all-rounder and the three most impressive fast bowlers of the tournament in Kumar, Anderson and McClenaghan."

CT13 team of the tournament: Jonathan Trott (Eng), Shikhar Dhawan (Ind), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Virat Kohli (Ind), Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind), Ravindra Jadeja (Ind), Ryan McLaren (SA), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Ind), James Anderson (Eng), Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ), Joe Root (12th man/Eng).

© Island Cricket

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Sakthivel's picture
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5 Indian's in the team !! Great !!

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Very good team. Every player in the team earned his spot.

Stormy's picture
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Strange to think of a limited overs team without a West Indian! Also who would open with Dhawan and what is Dhoni doing in the team when Sanga can keep? I would consider Ashwin or Narain in Dhonis'a place. Presumably this team in selected on performance in the CL and I don't think Dhoni had such a good series.

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poor team. no power hitter at the top. even ireland can beat this xi if they manage to get sangakkara early. dhoni didn't deserve to be in this xi.scored only 27 runs in the tournament.even oxenford made bigger impact than him. :)

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@ Stormy : He was the best captain in this tournament. I dont know what your are talking, actually Dhoni batted only Twice in the Champions trophy. In which one game was finals with 20 overs. All other match India won by 8 wickets(Most of the middle order batsmen didnt get chance to bat). In warm up match he scored 91 against Australia. Looks good for me. Also he is the Captain of this CT13 team which was not mention on this article.

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