The Indian opener continued to pile more and more runs for his team in the Champions Trophy this edition. He topped the most runs charts and was awarded golden bat. His highest score 125 came against Sri Lanka in India’s second group-stage contest. Overall, he struck three 50-plus scores.
Calm and cool Rohit Sharma provided steady starts to India along with Dhawan. He hit two fifties and a hundred in the tournament. His towering 123 not out in the run-chase against Bangladesh in the semi-final to take his side into the final.
The left-handed opener struck a magnificent hundred against the hosts England in the first match of the tournament. He followed it up with a fabulous 95 and fell 5 runs short of becoming the sixth batsman to have two consecutive centuries in the Champions Trophy. Alike Dhawan and Sharma, Tamim also struck three 50-plus scores.
Joe Root struck a fabulous 133 not out to make sure the hosts opened their Champions Trophy campaign on a winning note. He followed it up with a 64 against the Black Caps at Cardiff. The English Test captain looked all set to score big in the semi-final against Pakistan with his 46, but his stay at the crease was curtailed by Shadab Khan.
The Indian skipper had three not outs in his five innings. His 96* could have been a hundred against Bangladesh in the semi-final, but his selfless knock set an example for his side to put team ahead of their personal milestones. Kohli struck three 50-plus scores but failed against Sri Lanka in the group-match and against Pakistan in the final and his team ended up on the losing side in both contests.