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View Poll Results: Who will lift the trophy?
Australia 5 21.74%
Bangladesh 5 21.74%
England 7 30.43%
India 3 13.04%
New Zealand 0 0%
Pakistan 0 0%
South Africa 3 13.04%
Sri Lanka 0 0%
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Old April 30, 2017, 02:18 PM
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Default Who will win the Champions Trophy?

Favourites are England, Australia and South Africa. Title holders are India. I would say Bangladesh are the dark horses this time around just like New Zealand were at the world cup.

Bangladesh unarguably have the toughest group given the conditions they will be playing under against those sides. Our batting needs to step-up. I'm not a fan of Shabbir a #3 and should be sent down back to the lower order for fire-power. Mushfiqur (best bat) should bat at #3 with Mahmudullah back to #4.

In order for us to stand the best chance, our bowling attack needs to be back at its sharpest. Going by form, Mashrafe looks like the best bowler out of the lot which isn't saying much. Fizz needs to find his groom again, and if he does, then Bangladesh has a great shot in qualifying for the finals. Spin bowling will be the key going by the last Champions Trophy held exactly in England, so Mehedi will be the key. The good news is that our opponents are weak against spin so the spin duo of Shakib and Mehedi will put us at a great advantage.

Unlikely we will win any of our games, but on our day, anything can happen. Personally, I will be happy with a sole victory over Australia. We are actually the most experienced of all the sides in our group, but experience is one thing: execution is another.

My XI - Tamim, Sarker, Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah, Shakib, Shabbir, Mosaddek, Mehedi, Mashrafe, Taskin and Fizz.

We bat all the way deep (9). We have solid attacking openers. We have a stable middle-order in Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah. We even have great fire-power in Shakib, Mosaddek, Shabbir and maybe Mashrafe. We have 5 solid bowlers, so part-timers are not really required.

The key player with the bat will be Sarker who can take the game away from the opposition should he occupy the crease, and this is something the coach needs to work on, and I'm sure they are. Sarker is a match-winner, but hasn't done much since that South Africa series of a worthy note.

The key player with the ball will be the Fizz, so it will be interesting to see how he goes about his game since he clearly hasn't been the same since his return from injury.

Prediction: It's good to be optimistic, but I'm not expecting Bangladesh to win either of their games allocated in their group. I'm expecting Australia and England to come out of their group, and Pakistan and India from the other group. I think it will be an England - Pakistan final with England being the victors – that's my vivid imagination.

I hope it will be a great tournament, and also pray that weather doesn't play a part, but likely it will since it will be held in England, and England are not renowned for having good weather even in the summer.
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Old April 30, 2017, 02:22 PM
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This is possibly Mashrafee's last Major tournament unless he is fit and available for World cup 2019. I think Bangladesh should be fired up just for this sole fact.

If Bangladesh doesn't win any games, it would be very disappointing to say the least.
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Old April 30, 2017, 02:26 PM
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India has no chance
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Old April 30, 2017, 07:35 PM
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India will win even if they boycott it. It will be the most fitting revenge by BCCI.
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Old April 30, 2017, 08:18 PM
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They generate 70% of the ICC's revenues, they should be awarded at least 70% of the trophies, otherwise it's pure socialism, yaar.
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Old April 30, 2017, 08:44 PM
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The poll is incomplete, we should add WI as well.
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Old April 30, 2017, 08:54 PM
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Favorite- India and Australia, dark horse- England.
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Old April 30, 2017, 10:41 PM
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India will never see a light in champions trophy.... they will be beaten by Pakistan and South Africa. Win against srilanka will give them Coca Cola.
Bangladesh or England will be the champion.
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Old May 1, 2017, 08:13 AM
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India will never see a light in champions trophy.... they will be beaten by Pakistan and South Africa. Win against srilanka will give them Coca Cola.
Bangladesh or England will be the champion.
Buddy, we are a different beast altogether in ICC tournaments, we don't take Jamodis seriously, trust me we'll beat both Pak and SA, even bhumi pujan Shikhar Dhawan bats like Lara in ICC tourneys

Anyways England is favorite to win the trophy, we are close second.
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Old May 1, 2017, 08:51 AM
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I dont think India has chance either. Being an Indian fan we are taught being rational and not jingoistic. Both our openers are struggling for form (Rohit and Dhawan), Kohli in poor to avg form since Aust series, grandpa Yuvraj Singh in middle order is a dead duck. Dhoni past it too.Only kedar Jadhav is the inform batsman in the side. However, our bowling should do well if picked correct squad. Bhuvi, Shami, Bumrah should do well in CT. I am also not very fond of Kohli the skipper and think he loses the plot unlike MSD when things are tight. So logically speaking this Indian team has too many flaws and will not win Champions trophy. Also, law of avg will takes its course, we won last time.

Srilanka, Newzealand, Bangladesh, England has no chance either according to my calculations.

Australia and South Africa has deadly team on paper and should go distance. I guarantee that one of these 2 team will be surely a finalist.

But if I have to pick the winner, it will be Pakistan. Though I hate to say this but they under new captain looking the most all rounded team. Great fast bowling attack, street smart LOI spinners, decent enough batting line up and a fighting captain in Sarfaraz (shades of Imran Khan).

Austin's prediction of 2017 Champions Trophy winner - PAKISTAN.
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Old May 1, 2017, 09:14 AM
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But if I have to pick the winner, it will be Pakistan. Though I hate to say this but they under new captain looking the most all rounded team. Great fast bowling attack, street smart LOI spinners, decent enough batting line up and a fighting captain in Sarfaraz (shades of Imran Khan).

Austin's prediction of 2017 Champions Trophy winner - PAKISTAN.
You gotta be kidding me, right?

With dynamic batsmen and power hitters like Azhar Ali, Shehzaad, Malik and Hafeez Pakistan is surely all set to lift the trophy

I am not even counting Wahab the Akhtar Riyaz and Mohammed the Akram Amir

On a serious note, you are right about Dhoni though, he is long past it, his hand eye coordination is gone forever, it is so heartbreaking to see a player of his stature is struggling to time the ball and dancing down the crease like a headless chicken, he takes around 25 balls to get his eyes set in a t20 match, gives me nightmare to even think what he would do in odis.

Bits and pieces of Yuvraj is still there, no one expecting consistency from him at this stage, however he is still an impact player, a blistering knock lower down the order could still win the match for us, Yuvi in his prime was probably the cleanest hitter of the cricket ball subcontinent has ever produced, all we expect from him is a one or two game changing knocks.
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Old May 1, 2017, 09:25 AM
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Being an Indian fan we are taught being rational and not jingoistic.


Seriously though, Indian cricket fans are the most mature in the history of the world.
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Old May 1, 2017, 09:33 AM
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India has no chance
How can they have a chance if no team is sent to lift the trophy LOL
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Old May 1, 2017, 09:35 AM
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Probably South Africa or England.
I hope BCCI boycotts this tournament so the players can get much needed rest. Non-Indian internet trolls will celebrate it but we can ignore as these guys don't matter in the long run. We need to concentarte on IPL and bilaterals with SA,ENG and AUS. Anything that doesn't benefit Indian cricket should be discarded/ignored.
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Old May 1, 2017, 09:38 AM
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Sri Lanka.

Kusal perera and Dickwella opening the batting, Tharanga at 3, then kusal mendis.

Shehan jayasuriya, shanaka...

I think they will perform exceedingly well.

My choice as of now.
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Old May 1, 2017, 09:45 AM
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BD are in a tough group...

They gotta put in solid team performances, all units must click. Putting the opposition under pressure, there must be at least two centuries/fiverwickethauls/partnerships in the group stages...a recipe you can say for advancing to the knockout stages.

A lot on the table for them to feast on.
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Sri Lanka.

Kusal perera and Dickwella opening the batting, Tharanga at 3, then kusal mendis.

Shehan jayasuriya, shanaka...

I think they will perform exceedingly well.

My choice as of now.
you may have your team to cheer on
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you may have your team to cheer on
What are you saying Dark Knight?

My Windies?
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What are you saying Dark Knight?

My Windies?
yeah!..if your 1st team players come back WI will be the dark horse in this tournament
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I Being an Indian fan we are taught being rational and not jingoistic.
Seems your Ustaad was Sonu Nigam?
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How can they have a chance if no team is sent to lift the trophy LOL
It was one stone two bird comment
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Maybe England. They are at home and playing some aggressive cricket.
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Being an Indian fan we are taught being rational and not jingoistic.

But if I have to pick the winner, it will be Pakistan. Though I hate to say this but they under new captain looking the most all rounded team. Great fast bowling attack, street smart LOI spinners, decent enough batting line up and a fighting captain in Sarfaraz (shades of Imran Khan).

Austin's prediction of 2017 Champions Trophy winner - PAKISTAN.
That was better than the Hassan Minhaj stand up
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I dont think India has chance either. Being an Indian fan we are taught being rational and not jingoistic. Both our openers are struggling for form (Rohit and Dhawan), Kohli in poor to avg form since Aust series, grandpa Yuvraj Singh in middle order is a dead duck. Dhoni past it too.Only kedar Jadhav is the inform batsman in the side. However, our bowling should do well if picked correct squad. Bhuvi, Shami, Bumrah should do well in CT. I am also not very fond of Kohli the skipper and think he loses the plot unlike MSD when things are tight. So logically speaking this Indian team has too many flaws and will not win Champions trophy. Also, law of avg will takes its course, we won last time.

Srilanka, Newzealand, Bangladesh, England has no chance either according to my calculations.

Australia and South Africa has deadly team on paper and should go distance. I guarantee that one of these 2 team will be surely a finalist.

But if I have to pick the winner, it will be Pakistan. Though I hate to say this but they under new captain looking the most all rounded team. Great fast bowling attack, street smart LOI spinners, decent enough batting line up and a fighting captain in Sarfaraz (shades of Imran Khan).

Austin's prediction of 2017 Champions Trophy winner - PAKISTAN.
How can you say this with a straight face?
To that to happen, Ind won't make it to the semis.
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