The Champions Trophy gets underway today and with eight of the top Cricketing nations taking part, the best players in the world are all on show for us to enjoy. Here’s my top three players to look out for over the next 18 days as the tournament kicks off.
Eoin Morgan – England
The English captain comes into the tournament in good form, but with expectations on his shoulders. The hosts start favourites for the tournament and Morgan knows that, English cricket fans are expecting him to deliver. He posted a century in the recent series win over South Africa, along with a solid 45 and he looks in great form heading into the tournament. England have an abundance of big hitters in their line up, but Morgan could be the one to lead them to victory if he has a good tournament.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – India
The Indian pace bowler has already acclimitised himself well to English conditions and if he keeps that up he looks to have a great chance of being the top wicket taker in the tournament. He has taken three wickets in each of the two warm up games he has played, giving him a confidence boost just at the right time. The Indian squad is full of talent and if they can get Kumar bowling at the top of his game then he gives them a great chance of winning the tournament.
Hashim Amla – South Africa
A lot of the South African hopes rest on the shoulders of star opening batsman Hashim Amla. With the ball likely to move around during the first few overs, especially if we have cloud cover, Amla may find himself under attack early on. He needs to battle through the early overs but I believe he will, before going on to put some big scores up for his team. He comes into the tournament on the back of two half centuries from three games against England, top scoring with 73 in the first of those games.