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Top batting, bowling and fielding records in Asia Cup

Adesh Kothari
Modified 02 Sep 2018, 13:35 IST
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Bowling Records

#1: Most wickets

Most wickets in Asia cup- ODI
Most wickets in Asia cup- ODI's

Another list which is dominated by the Sri Lankans with four players featuring in the list of top 5 prolific wicket-takers in Asia Cup.

Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the most number of wickets with 30 wickets to his name. Ajantha Mendis is at second position with 36 wickets.

It is interesting to see that Ajantha Mendis has taken only 8 innings for his 26 wickets. A wicket per inning ratio of 3.25. Quite outstanding!

Saeed Ajmal with 25 wickets, Lasith Malinga with 24 wickets and Chaminda Vass with 23 wickets are at third, fourth and fifth position respectively.

Lasith Malinga has a good chance to topple Muralidharan from his position as he has been recalled for the tournament.

#2: Best bowling performances

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Best bowling performances in Asia cup- ODI's

Ajantha Mendis's spell of 6 for 13 against India is the best spell in the history of the tournament. Chasing 274, India were cruising along with the help of Sehwag's blistering 50.

However, things went haywire for India when Mendis was introduced in the attack. He derailed the Indian batting order by taking 6 important wickets for just 13 runs.

In the same tournament, Ajantha Mendis produced yet another sensational spell of bowling against UAE. His spell of 5 for 22 is the fourth best spell in Asia Cup.

India's Arshad Ayub, whom people may not remember, produced a superb spell of 5 for 22 against Pakistan in the year 1988, giving India a famous victory.

Aaqib Javed and Muttiah Muralitharan are the other two entries in this list.

#3: Lowest bowling averages

Lowest bowling averages in Asia cup - ODI's

Talking about bowling averages, Ajantha Mendis's name is no surprise. He has taken 26 wickets in 8 innings at a phenomenal bowling average of 10.42.

Kapil Dev too was really good in Asia Cup. He has taken 15 wickets in 7 innings at a superb average of 13 and an economy rate of just 3.56; second best in Asia cup.

Abdul Qadir at 14.76, Venkatesh Prasad at 17.76 and Wasim Akram at 18.56 hold third, fourth and fifth place respectively.

#4: Lowest economy rates

Lowest economy rates in Asia cup- ODI's

Talking about economy rates of the bowlers is a crime these days. You would not find such good economy rates in today's era; especially after the rise of T20 cricket, and change in rules favoring the batsmen.

Anyway, Wasim Akram has the lowest economy rate. Overall, he has taken 16 wickets in 12 innings at an average of 18.56; fifth on the list of best bowling averages.

He is closely followed by Kapil Dev at 3.56, Abdul Qadir at 3.62 and Muttiah Muralitharan at 3.75. These are sensational bowling averages; unheard in today's era.

Let us now look at fielding records in Asia Cup.

Published 02 Sep 2018, 13:35 IST
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