Asia Cup is one of the most prestigious and ground-breaking tournaments in cricketing history. The tournament has seen it all, from nail-biting last-ball action to emerging players of world cricket. Before the start of this year’s tournament, let’s take a look at the top five run scorers in Asia Cup history.
Speaking of Sri Lanka, the Lankan Lions are still dominating the list of highest run scorers in the Asia Cup, (keep reading to find out).
5. The Hitman of India: Rohit Sharma
The current skipper of India, Rohit Sharma has amassed 745 runs throughout his 50-over Asia Cup run. Sharma has hit one century and six half-centuries while playing in the Asia Cup.
Averaging 46.56 throughout his tenure, Sharma’s best score is 111* runs against arch-nemesis Pakistan in 2018.
4. The Mercenary from Pakistan: Shoaib Malik
Shoain Malik has etched his name in Pakistan’s cricketing history. And when it comes to the Asia Cup, the former Pakistan skipper has hit 748 runs, just a notch above Rohit Sharma.
Malik has been pretty consistent with his batting in the Asia Cup tournament. He has hit three centuries and half-centuries, respectively with a modest strike rate of 90.65.
3. The God of Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar
How can this list be complete without the impeccable brilliance of Sachin Tendulkar? The Master Blaster has hit 971 runs from 1990 to 2014 in the tournament.
Since 1990, Tendulkar faced the formidable Pakistan and Sri Lankan lineups. His personal best score in this tournament came against Bangladesh when he scored 114 runs, his 100th hundred.
2. The Elegant Run Machine: Kumar Sangakkara
Sangakkara elevated the Sri Lankan batting to the upper echelon in the late 2000s. The former Sri Lanka skipper has amassed 1075 runs in the Asia Cup.
From 2004 to 2014, Sangakkara scored four centuries and eight half-centuries, making him the player with the most half-centuries in the tournament.
1. The Dynamic Opener: Sanath Jayasuriya
For the first half of his career, Sanath Jayasuriya was considered a bowler who could bat sometimes. However, the management quickly came to realise that Jayasuriya was a once-in-a-generation talent and started to push him up the lineup.
Playing in the tournament, Jayasuriya has hit 1220 runs, a record that stands still since 2008. The left-hand batter also holds the record for most centuries in the tournament, 6.
Asia Cup 2023 will start on 30th August, featuring six teams: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
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