Did you know that first ever hundred of ICC Champions Trophy was scored by a Zimbabwean batsman? Yes, Zimbabwe’s Alistair Campbell was the first player to score century in International Cricket Council Champions Trophy in 1998 when tournament was known as ICC Knockout Trophy.
Alistair Campbell played 143 balls to reach 100 in that preliminary quarter-final match against New Zealand. He smashed 7 fours and 1 six in that crucial inning that helped Zimbabwe to post 258 runs on the scoreboard in 50 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. Andy Flower also made 77 runs in 80 balls.
However Zimbabwe couldn’t win that match. Blackcaps registered 5 wickets victory on the last ball of the game. Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming missed his ton in the match and score important 96 runs to give New Zealand batsmen belief of victory. For this inning, he was named player of the match.