The cornerstones of world cricket have historically been Asian nations. In the coming days, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will square off in the opening encounter of the battle between the Asian cricketing goliaths in the United Arab Emirates. The teams are divided into two groups for this round. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan are placed in Group B, whereas India, Pakistan, and Hong Kong are placed in Group A. The hitters have been helped by the subcontinental tracks, and there have been several high scores in the past. We’ll examine the top 5 individual batting performances at the Asia Cup in this article.
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#5 Sourav Ganguly’s 135 against Bangladesh in the 2000 Asia Cup
India, under the leadership of openers Ganguly and Tendulkar, responded effectively to Bangladesh’s score of 249/6. Ganguly carried the entire load and destroyed Bangladesh’s then-weak bowling attack after Tendulkar failed to turn the strong start into a large score. In his 135-run innings, which took just 124 balls and featured six fours and seven sixes, India eventually reached the target in 41 overs. Dada won the title of “Man of the Match.”
#4 2014 Asia Cup: Virat Kohli’s 136 vs Bangladesh
Mushfiqur, the captain, scored 117 to help Bangladesh set India a goal of 280. That, however, turned out to be insufficient for the Bangladeshi bowlers as Kohli put together a brilliant century in partnership with Rahane after the two openers quickly fell. By bringing up his 19th century, which featured 16 fours and 2 sixes, Kohli assisted India in completing another successful high-run chase. The nickname “largest player of the generation” was given to Kohli for of his assistance in advancing social concerns.
#3 Shoaib Malik’s 143 against India during the 2004 Asia Cup
With an average close under 50, Shoaib Malik’s performance versus India has been exceptional. He maintained his batting average this time around as well, hitting a career-high 143 off 127 balls. The rest of the middle order provided Shoaib with adequate support during his nearly 45 overs at the crease, ensuring quick runs were scored. His performance helped Pakistan set a challenging goal of 301 and hand India a crushing loss by 59 runs.
#2 Younis Khan’s 144 against Hong Kong in the 2004 Asia Cup
Pakistan chose to bat first after winning the toss. Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik worked in the industry. Younis Khan, on the other hand, was going through a difficult time while Shoaib Malik was having the time of his life. His opening innings, which largely consisted of glides and paddle sweeps, misled the bowlers, and Younis gradually gained confidence as he batted alongside Malik, who was in top form. Malik’s innings of 118 off 110 balls and Younis’s innings of 144 off 122 balls helped Pakistan score a massive total of 343 runs. Hong Kong hitters had little trouble with Pakistan spinners and were bowled out by a margin of 165 runs.
#1 Virat Kohli’s 183 against Pakistan, Asia Cup 2012
Virat had other ideas, but Hafeez and Jamshed’s 224-run opening stand enabled Pakistan to reach 329 and ensured that there won’t be much pressure on Pakistan bowlers moving forward. The two masters Tendulkar and Kohli were at the crease when the first wicket rapidly fell. With the aid of 22 fours and one six, Kohli scored a career-high 183 runs off 148 balls while playing in the zone. Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma provided strong assistance to Kohli, and India appeared to be on track to successfully chase down the goal of 330 with two overs remaining. Critics have begun praising Kohli as the supreme run chaser. His innings had such an effect that Pakistan captain Misbah listed it among the best one-day cricket performances he had ever seen.
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Top Highest Individual Scores in Asia Cup History FAQs
- Who won the Asia Cup with the greatest individual score?
He currently owns the Asia Cup record for most runs ever scored. Over the course of 25 games, he has amassed 1220 runs in the Asia Cup, scoring 53.04 runs per game on average. Jayasuriya has amassed a total of 6 centuries and 3 half-centuries during the competition’s history.
- Who will broadcast the 2022 Asia Cup?
Star Sports Network
In India, the Asia Cup 2022 will be broadcast on the Star Sports network, and Disney + Hotstar will stream the event online. The Asia Cup 2022 will be broadcast live on the same network in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, among other subcontinental nations.
- When will India reveal their team for the Asia Cup?
On August 8, BCCI will reveal the India team for the 2022 Asia Cup.