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The ICC hosted the first Champions Trophy, also referred to as the "Mini World Cup," in 1998. It must have been initially introduced as the four-year ICC Knockout Tournament. In order to raise money in nations that did not participate in the Test, the first two editions were held in Bangladesh and Kenya, respectively. However, the competition went on to be conducted in significant cricketing nations like England and India as a result of its financial success.

As has been the case since the 2009 event, only the top 8 nations in the ICC ODI rankings will take part. The rankings were stopped six months before the start of the trophy. With the objective of maintaining just one global tournament for each of the three formats, the competition was canceled after the 2017 edition. The Champions Trophy would return between 2025 and 2029, the ICC announced in 2021. In this page, we'll cover all of the Champions Trophy (CT) winners in the past.

1998 - South Africa and West Indies

For the first time ever in the history of the Champions Trophy, nine different teams battled it out in Bangladesh. At the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, the championship game featured South Africa and the West Indies. Thanks to Philo Wallace's century, West Indies scored 245 runs. In response, the Proteas team triumphed by four wickets in 47 overs.

2000 - New Zealand and India

The second edition, which was hosted in Kenya and featured 11 teams, featured the final between India and New Zealand, which was played in Nairobi. As a team, India scored 264/6, with captain Sourav Ganguly hitting 117 runs. After collecting 5 wickets for 132 runs off the New Zealand team, India was easily winning the chase. But Chris Cairns, who batted at number 5, scored a magnificent century to lead his team to victory.

2002 - India and Sri Lanka

The third season was held in England and featured 12 teams. Sri Lanka and India played in the final game in Colombo. Mahela Jayawardene and Russell Arnold each scored fifty runs to help Sri Lanka total 222/7 in 50 overs. Rain, however, prevented more than 8.4 overs of the Indian innings from being completed on the reserve day. India and Sri Lanka were declared joint winners in the end.

2004 - West Indies and England

This competition, which was held in England, had 12 teams. The championship match between England and the West Indies took place at the Oval in London. Only Marcus Trescothick's century stood out as a remarkable performance when England was chosen to bat first. They totaled 217 runs in 49.4 overs, with Wavell Hinds getting 3 wickets. With seven balls left in the chase, West Indies eventually overcame their opponents by two wickets.

2006 - Australia and West Indies

At Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium, Australia and the West Indies faced off in the opening Indian edition final. While batting first, West Indies were bowled for 138 runs in 30.4 overs. Despite rain delays, Australia was given a target of 116 runs in 35 overs. Thanks to Shane Watson and Damien Martyn's great efforts, they won by an 8-wicket margin in 28.1 overs.

2009 Australia New Zealand

In this edition, which was held in South Africa, just 8 teams participated. In 50 overs of the last game against Australia, the Kiwi team could only score 200/9. Shane Watson led an incredible 100-run chase, scoring 105 runs off 129 balls. The Australian team won by six wickets to win the title for a second time in a row.

2013 - India and England

In the championship match of this event, which was held in England, India faced off against the hosts. Due to the ongoing rain, the championship was reduced to a 20-over game. India achieved 129/7 thanks to significant contributions from Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. India defeated the host team by five runs as they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals throughout the chase.

2017 - Pakistan and India

This edition was once again held in England, with the championship match featuring India and Pakistan. When given the chance to bat first, Pakistan compiled a substantial total of 338/4 in 50 overs. They had an amazing century from Fakhar Zaman, and Mohammad Hafeez added a fast run. As a result, the Indian batting order failed and was bowled out for just 158 runs, leading to a 180-run defeat.

ICC Champions Trophy Winner List

Year Host Nation(s) Winner Runner-up Result Player of Tournament Highest run scorer Highest wicket taker
1998 Bangladesh South Africa West Indies South Africa won by 4 wickets Jacques kallis Philo Wallace (221 runs) Jacques Kallis (8 wickets)
2000 Kenya New Zealand India New Zealand won by 4 wickets Not awarded Sourav Ganguly (348 runs) Venkatesh Prasad (8 wickets)
2002 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka and India None India and Sri Lanka declared co-winners Not awarded Virender Sehwag (271 runs) Muttiah Muralitharan (10 wickets)
2004 England West Indies England West Indies won by 2 wickets Ramnaresh Sarwan Marcus Trescothick (261 runs) Andrew Flintoff (9 wickets)
2006 India Australia West Indies Australia won by 8 wickets Chris Gayle Chris Gayle (474 runs) Jerome Taylor (13 wickets)
2009 South Africa Australia New Zealand Australia won 6 wickets Ricky Ponting Ricky Ponting (288 runs) Wayne Parnell (11 wickets)
2013 England and Wales India England India won by 5 runs Shikhar Dhawan Shikhar Dhawan (363 runs) Wayne Parnell (12 wickets)
2017 England and Wales Pakistan India Pakistan won by 180 runs Hasan Ali Shikhar Dhawan (338 runs) Hasan Ali (13 wickets)

The Champions Trophy is an ODI cricket competition that is organized by the International Cricket Council, the game's international regulatory body (ICC). Under the name ICC KnockOut Tournament, it was first played in 1998. In 2002, the name was changed to Champions Trophy.

The tournament's notable teams include South Africa, India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and England. Up until 2006, a few associate nations or non-test-playing countries, such as Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kenya, the Netherlands, and the United States, joined them.

Only the top eight rated teams are, however, permitted to participate in the competition as of the 2009 edition.

The most runs scored by a batsman in this event was 791 by Chris Gayle of the West Indies, followed by 742 by Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka, and 701 by Shikhar Dhawan of India.

Format of ICC Champions Trophy

The Champions Trophy was awarded every two years until 2006. Due to security concerns, the event was shifted from Pakistan to South Africa in 2009 where it was originally slated to take place in 2008. Like the World Cup, it has been staged every four years since that time. There are many ways in which the Champions Trophy is different from the World Cup. The Champions Trophy contests last for about two and a half weeks, whereas the World Cup matchups might go on for more than a month. The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy has 8 teams, but the most recent World Cup had 10 teams. The Champions Trophy has fewer teams than the World Cup.

Twelve teams competed in a round-robin competition in four pools of three in 2002 and 2004, with the winning team advancing to the semifinals. A team would need to win the event with just four games (two in the pool, a semi-final, and the championship). The Champions Trophy formats were different from the formats used in the Knockout competitions. There were no pools in the competition, and the loser of each game was eliminated. In 1998, just eight games were played, while in 2000, 10 games were played.

Eight teams have participated in round-robin play since 2006 in two pools of four, with the top two teams from each group moving on to the semifinals. A single loss could result in elimination from the tournament. In the tournament's current format, a total of 15 matches are played over the course of around two and a half weeks.


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