ODI Asia Cup 2023: India has won seven titles in the Asia Cup history till now. The men in blue side conquered six trophies in the one-day international format and one title in the shortest format.
The team under Rohit Sharma is also the defending champions of the Asia Cup in the fifty overs format. India won the last edition of the ODI Asia Cup in 2018 when that event was played in UAE.
In this upcoming event of the ODI Asia Cup 2023, the men in blue side will start their tournament with a fifty-overs match against the arch-rivals team of Pakistan.
This much-anticipated contest will start on 2nd September 2023 and the fans can watch it for free on the mobile application of Disney+Hotstar and Star Sports channel on television.
The actual event of the ODI Asia Cup 2023 will start in Pakistan on 30th August 2023. The men in green side will face Nepal in their very first encounter and then this tournament will move to Sri Lanka and the final, which is scheduled on 17th September 2023 will also be played in that island nation.
Today, in this segment, we will let our viewers know how the King of Cricket started his captaincy career in the ODI format as the skipper of the men in blue side.
Now Virat Kohli is no more the skipper of the men in blue side. King Kohli had stepped down from his captaincy responsibilities after the 2021 T20 World Cup.
King Kohli has been an awesome player for the Indian Cricket Team in the fifty overs format, Test matches and the shorter version of the gentlemen’s game.
Kohli had dominated every format and the Indian Premier League tournament like a boss as a batsman. But he did not win any IPL, Asia Cup or ICC trophies when he led the Indian Team and RCB side during his captaincy stint.
The King started his ODI captaincy stint in the 2014 edition of the Asia Cup which was played in Bangladesh. He led that Indian side because Mahendra Singh Dhoni was injured and missed the whole tournament.
As the vice-captain of that man in blue side, Virat was appointed as the skipper for the first time in his career.
The King started his captaincy duties with a bang as he scored a century in his very first match as the skipper of the Indian Team.
That knock came against Bangladesh and that too while chasing a decent score of 280 runs.
King Kohli scored a match-winning 136 runs and also earned a Player of the Match award in that game.
Despite winning the first match and starting the captaincy on a winning note, Virat could not take India to the finals of the 2014 Asia Cup edition.
After India won their first match by six wickets, the team lost the important matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which was the reason why the men in the blue side couldn’t reach the finals of that edition of the Asia Cup.
India won their last game of that event against Afghanistan. But that was not enough. This was the last time Virat Kohli led the Indian team in the Asia Cup.
In 2016, Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the Indian team in the Asia Cup T20 and India won that event of the shortest format.
At the same time, Rohit Sharma was the skipper of the side when the Indian team won the Asia Cup in 2018 of the one-day international format.
In that edition, Virat Kohli was rested from the whole tournament and that is why Rohit was appointed as the captain of Team India.