The Asia Cup's 15 editions so far have delivered time after time, as the tournament provides a platform for the continent's best teams to put on a show. Over the course of its nearly 40-year history, legends of the game have graced the stage during the Asia Cup, with some of world cricket's most legendary players proving their worth in the tournament. However, a few names have dominated the history of the tournament, especially with the bat.
The Asia Cup's all-time leading scorer is Sanath Jayasuriya. The former Sri Lanka opener redefined how the position is played in limited overs with his attacking and destructive style, and was good for 1220 runs across six editions between 1990 and 2008. Jayasuriya also has 6 centuries in the Asia Cup, most of any batter. The only other batter with over 1000 Asia Cup runs is Kumar Sangakkara, who had 1075 runs and four centuries as Sri Lanka dominated from the late 1990s into the early 2010s. At three in India's Sachin Tendulkar with 971 runs in 23 ODIs.
Jayasuriya's 378 runs in the 2008 edition is also the mark for the most runs in a single tournament for any player. In fact, the top two in this category were both marked in the 2008 tournament: Suresh Raina finished only 6 runs behind Jayasuriya that year. The highest score by a batter in Asia Cup history is Virat Kohli's legendary 183 against Pakistan in 2012, which remains his highest ODI score in his career as well. That is also the only score of over 150 in the Asia Cup.
In the two T20I editions of the Asia Cup, Kohli is one of the two centurions, alongside Hong Kong's Babar Hayat. Interestingly, both scored 122 runs. Kohli is the top scorer in the two T20 tournaments, with 429 runs at a whopping average of 85.80 in nine innings.
Virat Kohli's highest ODI score is 183 against Pakistan in Dhaka, which came during the 2012 Asia Cup as India chased down 330 with 13 balls to spare. Incidentally, it was also Sachin Tendulkar's final one-day international for India
Rohit Sharma has a pretty strong record in the Asia Cup, scoring 745 runs from 22 ODI. He is the second Indian in the leading run-scorers list after Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 971 runs from 23 games.
Asia Cup 2023 was originally scheduled to take place entirely in Pakistan, but after the Asian Cricket Council's Hybrid model was proposed, the tournament will now be held across Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal will compete against each other in the Asia Cup 2023
The Asia Cup is an essential part of the cricket schedule for the continent's nations, acting as a platform for teams to prepare for bigger tournaments, while giving others an opportunity to leave their mark on the world stage. The tournament has been contested since 1984, following the formation of the Asian Cricket Council the year prior, and designed as a biennial ODI tournament.
Yes, it can happen. In the past as well, India have won the Asia Cup after losing to Pakistan in the league stage or the Super 4 stage.
Yes, Virat Kohli skipped the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup as the BCCI decided to rest their then-India captain. Rohit Sharma led India in Kohli's absence and lifted the trophy by defeating Bangladesh in a thrilling final.
Yes, Pakistan have beaten India previously – most recently last year – and can beat them again.
Bangladesh can surely upset India again at the Asia Cup. They did so once back in 2012 spoiling Sachin Tendulkar's 100th century.
Virat Kohli scoring his maiden T20I century, Hardik Pandya hitting the winning runs against Pakistan and Sri Lanka lifting the trophy are some of the best moments of Asia Cup 2022.
Virat Kohli's highest ODI score is 183 against Pakistan at Asia Cup in 2012.
Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from India's ODI team at the start of this year and it will be really surprising if he will be called back for the Asia Cup.
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the three most solid teams on paper and will be backed to win the Asia Cup 2023.