1. ICC Champions Trophy 2017: From great rivalries to young stars; 5 things to watch out for

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: From great rivalries to young stars; 5 things to watch out for

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Australia and New Zealand will relive the Tasmanian rivalry in Birmingham on June 2 and a day later India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage match.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 25, 2017 6:46 PM
ICC Champions Trophy, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Champions Trophy 2017, Champions Trophy, Champions Trophy england, things to watch out for in Champions Trophy, champions trophy things to know ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Australia and New Zealand will relive the Tasmanian rivalry in Birmingham on June 2 and a day later India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage match. (Source: PTI/Reuters)

The 8th edition of ICC Champions Trophy will be played between June 1 and June 18 in England as India will look to defend its title under the new captain Virat Kohli. However, this isn’t the only thing that has changed since the tournament was last played in 2013. As Virat Kohli mentioned before leaving for England that 15-day tournament will be a close-fought battle and will not allow the teams to make a single mistake. As far as fans are considered, some mouth-watering action is waiting for them. Here are 5 things to watch out for:

1. Great rivalries

As the top teams from across the globe will meet in England, fans will get to witness some high-profile encounters. Australia and New Zealand will relive the Tasmanian rivalry in Birmingham on June 2 and a day later India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage match.

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2. Young stars

The tournament will feature many young sensations. One of the names to watch out for will be Bangladesh’s fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman who will be playing his first major ICC tournament. India’s Jasprit Bumrah and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada can also create a huge impact while Pakistan’s Babar Azam will have a point to prove with the bat.

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3. New captains

Nothing has changed more between the last two tournaments than leadership roles. Most teams including India will be led by new captains. It will certainly be an interesting battle between Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson who are the stars of the new generation.

4. Bangladesh’s return

Bangladesh will make a comeback to Champions Trophy after 2006 at the cost of West Indies. The team has grown a lot since the 2015 World Cup under Mashrafe Mortaza. It has done some major upsets in the past and is currently ranks number 6 in ICC ODI rankings.

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5. The old guards

No matter how much things may change, some players always remain fan favourites. Yuvraj Singh, who might be playing his last tournament will be back in India colours along with MS Dhoni. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and New Zealand’s Ross Taylor would also like to make it a memorable tournament.

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