Two-time champions India have an impressive tournament record, compiling just seven losses across seven and a half tournaments.
Another two-time champion, Australia, would’ve had a much better record had they not come away from the 2013 and 2017 Champions Trophies win-less. Unfortunately New Zealand faced the same fate in 2017.
The BLACKCAPS’ record compares favourably to that of our trans-Tasman neighbours but there is one concern: their worst record is against Australia, having never won a game. Unfortunately rain stopped them rectifying that in their group match at the 2017 edition of the tournament.
Champions Trophy Record (all 2017 teams)
Daniel Vettori has had the most appearances for the BLACKCAPS in the tournament: playing 17 games from 1998 to 2013. Remarkably, the 2017 Champions Trophy will be the first tournament not to feature Vettori.
Stephen Fleming holds the BLACKCAPS’ record for the most Champions Trophy runs, but his tally is a long way off Chris Gayle’s record (791).
Going in to the 2017 tournament, Roger Twose had the highest average for the BLACKCAPS at the tournament with 67.66. The group play form of Kane Williamson in 2017 saw him surpass this and slipped ahead of Martin Guptill as the leading scorer among current players.
BLACKCAPS' Leading Champions Trophy Run-Scorers
The BLACKCAPS have managed just three centuries at the Champions Trophy, with the first two being particularly significant.
Nathan Astle’s 145* against the USA is the highest score ever made at the tournament, helping the BLACKCAPS set another record score of 347 for 4.
Chris Cairns’ century came as New Zealand won their first international title in 2000.
BLACKCAPS' Highest Champions Trophy Scores
One of New Zealand’s greatest ODI batsmen, Nathan Astle underlines his class having featured in each of the top three partnerships.
The stand between Astle and Roger Twose in 2000 set the BLACKCAPS on their way to winning their semi-final over Pakistan.
In 2002 and 2013, the BLACKCAPS failed to have any 100-run partnerships. Their highest stands in 2017? 99, 95, and 83 – between Williamson and Taylor each time.
BLACKCAPS' Highest Champions Trophy Partnerships
|Nathan Astle & Scott Styris|
|Nathan Astle & Craig McMillan|
|Nathan Astle & Roger Twose|
|Stephen Fleming & Adam Parore|
|Brendon McCullum & Jesse Ryder|
Kyle Mills is not just the leading wicket taker for the BLACKCAPS with 28, he is also the tournament’s all-time leading wicket-taker.
While he didn’t get a run in 2017, Mitchell McClenaghan has an exceptional Champions Trophy average and holds the BLACKCAPS’ record for the most in a single tournament – 11 wickets in 2013.
No other BLACKCAPS have passed 10 career wickets in the tournament.
BLACKCAPS' Leading Champions Trophy Wicket-Takers
Jacob Oram’s 5-36 against the USA is the best performance by a BLACKCAPS bowler. For both Oram and O’Connor, their Champions Trophy 5-wicket bags were their second, and last, ODI 5-fors.
Kyle Mills and Grant Elliott’s 4-wicket returns both came against England, one in each of the last two editions of the tournament. Mills’ effort is the only one on this list to come in a losing cause.
BLACKCAPS' Best Champions Trophy Bowling
It shouldn’t be a suprise to see Brendon McCullum topping the list for most dismissals by a BLACKCAPS wicketkeeper. What might be surprising is how few wicketkeepers New Zealand have used at the tournament and that Lou Vincent had the job in 2002
BLACKCAPS' Leading Champions Trophy Wicketkeepers
All tables updated after the Bangladesh v India semi-final on June 15 2017