Highest Run-scorers In Asia Cup: The Asia Cup is a flagship tournament featuring all the leading Asian Nations. It is a cricketing equivalent to Euro in Football. The tournament is an indication of which Asian country is leading its competitors. It acts like a dress rehearsal for the bigger ICC tournaments. India is the dominant Asian side with 7 titles. Sri Lanka is second on the list with 5 titles. The batsmen from Asia are generally known to score big.
We Look At The 5 Highest Run-Scorers In The Asia Cup:
#5 Rohit Sharma – 745 runs
India’s full-time captain, Rohit Sharma is fifth on this list. Rohit Sharma came into his own in the limited-overs format in 2013. He has been a white ball giant ever since. Sharma has played a total of 22 games in the Asia Cup. He has scored 745 runs so far comprising 1 century and 6 half-centuries. Sharma will be expected to add to his tally in the upcoming edition. He stands a chance to cross the other prominent names on this list.
#4 Shoaib Malik – 786 runs
He was the Indian baiter for over a decade. The tireless Shoaib Malik continues to remain a fulcrum of Pakistan’s batting lineup. Malik had the best Asia Cup in 2004 where he was almost unstoppable. He has amassed 786 runs in 17 games at an average of 65.50. Malik has scored 3 centuries and 3 half-centuries in the process. He boasts the highest score of 143* in the tournament.
#3 Sachin Tendulkar – 971 runs
There can’t be a list that doesn’t feature Sachin Tendulkar. He is undoubtedly the greatest Asian batsman of all time. Hence it comes as a surprise that Tendulkar comes in at number 3 on this list. The master blaster accumulated 971 runs in all Asia Cup games at an average of 51.10. Tendulkar notched up 2 centuries and 7 half-centuries in the process. His highest score was 114 not out.
#2 Kumar Sangakkara – 1075 runs
He is arguably the finest Lankan batsman ever. Kumar Sangakkara is one of the greatest wicketkeeper-batsmen of all time. He was a true blue southpaw who scored beautiful runs. Sangakkara was Lanka’s driving force for two decades. He is one of the only two batsmen to score above 1000 runs in Asia Cup history. Sangakkara scored 1075 runs in 26 games at an average of 48.86. He compiled 4 centuries and 8 half-centuries.
#1 Sanath Jayasuriya – 1220 runs
The Matara Mauler was arguably the player of the Asia Cups on most occasions. Sanath Jayasuriya was a maverick who made a solid impact with both bat and ball. He was instrumental in Sri Lanka racing to great starts on most occasions. Jayasuriya is the only batsman in Asia Cup history to score more than 1200 runs. He finished with 1220 runs at an average of 53.04. He bought up 6 centuries and 3 half-centuries in the process.