ICC Champions trophy is one of three most prestigious trophy in the cricket world. The 2017 Champions Trophy tournament will be held from 1st June to 18th June in England and Wales. This will be the 8th edition of the tournament and only top 8 teams got the chance to play. In this edition, the top 8 teams in the ICC ODI rankings, as on 30 September 2015 qualified for the tournament. Here are the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 predictions for all eight teams.
The eight participating teams are further subdivided into two groups of four teams each. And each team will play the other team once in the group. Australia, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh are in the Group A and India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka are in Group B. [2017 Champions Trophy Schedule]
Then top two teams from each group will proceed to the semifinals. This one one the most exciting tournament as top 8 teams gets the chance not feature in this. The matches played in the CT are more competitive and interesting than any other tournament. Let’s look at all the eight teams and their chances to win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
India will start the tournament as the defending champions. They will be under a lot of pressure as they will have to defend the title. But India is used to this kind of pressure and they are one of the favourites for the tournament as they won the same tournament back in 2013 in England only beating the home side in the finals. The team is in very good form and all the departments look well settled. As per our predictions, India would defeat Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the group stage to qualify for the semifinals where they need just one win to reach the finals.
The second most favourite team will be the Aussies. They have the excellent fast bowlers who can exploit the swinging condition in England. Also, their batsman is in very good form. The team looks well settled and have a good chance of winning this trophy again. They are known for never say die spirit. As per our predictions, Australia would reach the finals of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
The host of the tournament, England who will be the most favourable team in the tournament as they will have the home advantage. They will be playing in the familiar condition and will have all the local support behind them. They also reached the finals in the last edition but this year they would love to go one step further and win this tournament. England is one of our four potential semifinalists.
South Africa (Semi-Finalist)
This is one team that always enters any tournament as the favourites but they fail to live up to the expectation. In this champions trophy, they would like to remove the tag of Chokers by winning the tournament for the first time. They have the like AB de Villers, du Plessis, Duminy, Morkel who can turn the game on their head. As per our predictions, South Africa would reach the semi-finals but they will choke once again like they done in other major tournaments.
This team will enter the tournament as the underdog but other need to carefully watch the team as they have the players that can lead this team to the trophy. They have already proven themselves in the 50 over World Cup by reaching the finals. They would love to win this trophy after losing to Australia in World Cup 2015 final,
This team is not one of the strong contenders for the trophy but they might spoil the party for some other teams. They have struggled to perform well away from home especially in the swinging condition. But one should never ride them off as they could surprise you.
Here comes the team that will have a great advantage of playing in this condition. This team ahs one of the best fast bowling attack in the words and would love to win this tournament. Their journey would be very difficult as they have not enough experienced batsman in their squad. This might prevent them from winning the title.
Here comes the dark horse of the tournament. They are not favourites of the tournament but they could destroy the chance of other teams and make no mistake they have all the guns to beat the best team in the world on their day.
Now it remains to be seen that which teams gets their hand on this prestigious trophy. Could India win this trophy once again? Well, we have to wait for the tournament to start to answer this question. Comment your predictions for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 who will win?