As the 15th Asia Cup draws to a close, we take a look at the standout players and the tournament’s impact on the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. By the way, if you want to bet on the favoured team, Go Url for free bets, predictions and tips.
The 2022 Asia Cup ended with a fairytale result for Sri Lanka, who were crowned winners for the sixth time in the tournament’s history.
Mohammad Rizwan had a memorable Asia Cup, becoming the No. 1 ICC Men’s T20I batter during the tournament.
The wicketkeeper-batsman started the campaign with a well-made 43 against India, which was followed by two match-deciding 50s. He was the anchor with an unbeaten 78 (57) as the team scored 194 against Hong Kong to secure a place in the Super Four. In the Super Four against India, Rizwan was again Pakistan’s top scorer as he shot 71 from 51 balls in a thrilling match.
After two poor performances as a batsman, Rizwan made 55 off 49 balls in the final against Sri Lanka, although he was far from his best. His six to score his fifty runs surpassed Virat Kohli’s tournament record of 276 runs, but the 30-year-old was unable to lead his team to victory in the final.
The T20 World Cup is fast approaching and India couldn’t have picked a better time for Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s breakthrough.
The right-arm bowler started his campaign with a bang as he took 4/26 against Pakistan in the group stage, including the scalps of Babar Azam and the dangerous Asif Ali.
He was at his most economical against Hong Kong, where he conceded just 15 runs in three overs and took one wicket. In the Super Four match against Pakistan, he was very expensive and in the match against Sri Lanka, he remained wicketless.
With his swing, the 32-year-old caused havoc in India’s last match of the tournament. Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored his first T20I five-wicket haul, which he did in the powerplay. He won the match with the mystical figures of 4-1-4-5 and despite playing fewer matches than Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he finished the tournament with the most wickets.
Wanindu Hasaranga had a mediocre start in the competition, but he finished well to demonstrate his status as champion. In the end, he was the second highest wicket-taker and scored the crucial runs when it mattered.
The leg-spinner was unable to get anything going in Afghanistan’s rapid 106-run recovery and was a costly opponent in the match against Bangladesh despite taking two wickets. He went wicketless in the first two matches of the Super Four phase but turned the game around for Sri Lanka in the end.
In the last Super Four match against Pakistan, he broke the batting order by dismissing Babar, Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali for 121 runs. In Sri Lanka’s comfortable win over Pakistan, he scored 10* off three balls with three overs to go.