ODI Asia Cup 2023: India has won seven titles, which is the most in overall Asia Cup history till now and the men in the blue side are also the defending champion of the Asia Cup in the fifty overs format.
India under Rohit Sharma won the Asia Cup in 2018 which was a fifty-overs competition and that event was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
But last year, the Blues didn’t had an ideal tournament. The Asia Cup 2022 event was played in the T20 International format and Sri Lanka won that event despite a crushing defeat to Afghanistan in the first game of last year’s edition.
Sri Lanka also won their matches against the tournament favourites teams like India and Pakistan to clinch their sixth Asia Cup title, which is the second most in the tournament’s history.
In 2023, the Asia Cup will be a fifty-overs tournament because the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 will be played in India later this year.
India and Pakistan are placed in the same group of the ODI Asia Cup 2023. But the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) are still undecided about the hosting rights of this year’s event.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has demanded a change in the venue because they will not send the Indian Cricket team to Pakistan for this event.
Pakistan has the hosting rights of this Asian event in 2023 and because of security reasons, the BCCI is not ready to send the Indian cricket players for this fifty-overs tournament.
Before the Asian Cricket Council announces the venue, dates and fixtures of the upcoming ODI Asia Cup 2023, let us see the five batters of the men in the blue side who have amassed the most runs in the history of the Asia Cup which will be played in the one-day international cricket format.
This list is till 2018, which was also the last edition of the ODI Asia Cup.
The Master Blaster was the best batter for Team India in the One Day Internationals and Test matches. Sachin has scored runs in every corner of the world.
In the ODI Asia Cup tournament, he stands third in the list of overall highest run scorers.
The God of cricket played in the ODI Asia Cup tournament from 1990 to 2012, and he scored 971 runs from just 23 matches and 21 innings.
Tendulkar has also smashed two centuries and seven half-centuries. He had an average of 51.10 and a strike rate of 85.47.
The current ODI captain of Team India stands second in the list of the highest run scorers in the ODI Asia cup by the Indian batters.
India won their last Asia Cup title in the fifty-overs format under the leadership of Rohit Sharma. That tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates in 2018. Hit Man will lead the side for the ODI Asia Cup in 2023 as well.
Rohit played 27 matches in the ODI Asia Cup tournament from 2008 to 2018. Hit Man has scored 883 runs with one century and seven fifties to his name.
Sharma had a strike rate of 90.01 and an average of 42.04. The Indian opener holds the key again for India as they aim to defend their ODI Asia Cup title after they failed to defend their Asia Cup T20 crown.
The former Indian skipper looked good in the last edition of the Asia Cup which was played in the T20I format. His form will be crucial for India's chances in the ODI Asia Cup 2023 and ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
Virat missed the last ODI Asia Cup edition in 2018, and he would look to make the most out of this in the ODI Asia Cup 2023 tournament.
Virat Kohli has played 16 matches and 14 innings from 2010 to 2016. The King has amassed 766 runs to his name with three centuries and two half centuries.
Virat’s knock of 183 runs against Pakistan in the ODI Asia Cup tournament was one of his best, and his fans want to see many knocks like that from Kohli in this edition as well.
The captain cool stands fourth in this list of the highest run-getters from the batters of Team India in the ODI Asia Cup event.
MS Dhoni was the best man to captain India in all three formats. He also won the ODI Asia Cup title in 2010 and Asia Cup T20 trophy in 2016.
Mahi Bhai had led India to three ICC titles, and in the ODI Asia Cup event, the wicket-keeper batter had played 24 matches and 20 innings.
Mahi Bhai has scored 690 runs with one century and three half-centuries. Dhoni had a strike rate of 91.51 and an average of 69 in this tournament.
Gabbar hasn’t been in the scheme of things after India lost the ODI series against New Zealand under Shikhar Dhawan in 2022.
One can say that the career of Dhawan might be over in some years because he hasn’t been in India’s Test squad or the T20 International team.
The likes of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan have replaced Shikhar as the openers of the limited overs format.
Still one cannot forget Dhawan’s contribution as a top-order batter for India, especially in the ICC events.
Till now, Dhawan has played 13 matches and many innings in the ODI Asia Cup. Gabbar had scored 613 runs to his name with two centuries and three fifties. Dhawan had a strike rate of 93.58 and an average of 51.08.