Before the elite World Cup, Asia Cup is played every time among the top six teams of the Asia continent. The 2023 Asia Cup is around the corner and every cricket fan of our Country is heartily waiting to cheer for India to lift the coveted trophy for the 8th time. Since the inauguration of the tournament in 1984, India has emerged victorious 7 out of 15 times and the recipe of their success has been mostly batting. Today, we will take you through the batters with the most runs in Asia Cup for India.
One of the greatest batters in white ball cricket ever, Virat Kohli has scored the most runs in Asia Cup for India in ODI and T20 formats combined. Having played 19 matches between 2010 to 2022, the prominent batter has amassed 1042 runs at a staggering average of 73.55 with a highest score of 183 against arch-rival Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup. aiding India to chase down a massive total of 330 in Mirpur. Moreover, he smashed 4 centuries and 4 fifties in the competition. The Delhite boy spreadhead India with the willow to win the 6th continental cup title in 2016, scoring 153 runs in 4 matches.
The most ferocious opener India has ever produced, current skipper Rohit Sharma finds himself in 2nd place in terms of getting the most runs in the Asia Cup for India with 1016 runs in 31 games he has played. Sharma bats at an overall decent average of 38.33 and his ODI format score is 745, while in the T20 format of the event, he has made 271 runs at a fascinating strike rate of 141.14. The veteran turned people’s heads with his rampage batting in the 2018 edition, scoring 317 runs in 5 matches, including a daddy hundred against Pakistan in Dubai. His purple patch with the bat along with master captaincy wrote India’s name on the Asia Cup winner’s list for the 7th time.
The only batter to score 100 centuries in international cricket, legendary Sachin Tendulkar gets the 3rd spot on the honorable list of most runs in the Asia Cup for India because he only played one format otherwise we would have seen him on the top. Featuring 23 games, the “Master-blaster” accumulated 971 runs, averaging an impressive 51.10. And has 2 hundred and 7 fifties to his name. Above all, Sachin won three Asia Cup trophies with India in 1990, 1995 & 2010.
The only Indian captain to win the Asia Cup title in two different formats in 2010 & 2016 respectively, MS Dhoni occupies the 4th position on the tally of most runs in the Asia Cup for India. At a stunning average of 69.00, he amassed 690 runs in 20 innings of 24 games in the event. The most successful captain of India slammed 1 century and 3 half-centuries and 109* remained his best. In the 2008 edition of the tournament, MS Dhoni was in dashing form, making 327 runs in 6 innings. Although, India lost the final to Sri Lanka in Karachi by 100 runs and the stalwart contributed with 49 runs.
India’s go-to man in the ICC events, Shikhar Dhawan holds a decent record in the Asia Cup too, and is featured in the 5th place on the list. In 13 outings, the Southpaw aggregated 613 runs at a healthy average of 51.08. Shikhar’s dream season in the Asia Cup appeared in 2018 where he ended as the highest run scorer with 342 runs in 5 games, including 2 centuries. His fine knocks in the competition guided India to their 7th Asia Cup triumph in the UAE.
List of Most Runs in Asia Cup ODI for India
List of Most Runs in Asia Cup T20 for India
Virat Kohli has scored the most runs in Asia Cup for India (1042).
Virat Kohli has made 1042 runs in 21 matches in Asia Cup history for India.
Sachin Tendulkar made the most runs for India in the Asia Cup ODI (971).
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