ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Google has marked the beginning of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England with a special animated Doodle. The gif shows snails playing the game of cricket. We know that cricket is loved worldwide, so we wanted to make sure our Doodle works for everyone, including those on slower mobile networks, Google said in a statement. We kept the file size fly-sized, and the result is our smallest interactive Doodle ever — even snail networks can load it in seconds, it says. The eighth ICC Champions Trophy will feature top 8 cricketing nations. India, Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England, South Africa, New Zealand will be vying for the coveted trophy.
Defending champions India, along with the traditional powerhouse Australia, will start as title contenders in the ICC Champions Trophy. Hosts England, who have shown radical transformation as a potent limited-overs side following the debacle in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia, will bear the ‘Dark Horse’ tag in this fast-paced, action-packed tournament. Once a force to reckon West Indies will be missed especially after their triumph in last year’s ICC T20 World Cup held in India.
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England will take on Bangladesh at the Oval today. The much-awaited mother of all clashes between archrivals India and Pakistan will take place on June 4. India, which came on top in 2013 under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has won the compettition twice. India will look for the historic first title which will it first team to win it thrice. Australia has also won twice- back-to-back in 2006 and 2009.
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The Indian team has not displayed any signs of stress during their two warm-up matches which they won without breaking any sweat. India have the perfect balance with 9 players from the victorious 2013 side retained. It will be Kohli’s first big test as captain in an ICC event and India’s best batsman would like to shrug off his disappointing IPL form going into the tournament.
With Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the team’s batting line up is the most experienced among all the eight participating nations. The inexperienced Kedar Jadhav or the seasoned Dinesh Karthik are also good enough to win matches on their own. All-rounder Hardik Pandya lends a good balance and for the first time, India have a four-pronged pace attack of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. World’s premier spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are also there to stifle runs.