Most Runs in Asia Cup The Asia Cup is a major multi-national cricket tournament played in both ODI and T20 formats by top Asian teams.
The Asia Cup the premier cricket tournament in Asia, has witnessed some breathtaking performances over the years.
The Asia Cup, is multinational cricket tournament featuring top teams from Asia, has witnessed remarkable performances in both the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) formats. Sri Lankan players have dominated the list of most runs scored in the Asia Cup, showcasing their batting prowess and contributing significantly to their team’s success.
As teams from the continent battle it out for supremacy, batsmen have showcased their skills and entertained cricket enthusiasts with their prolific run-scoring abilities.
In this article, we take a closer look at the players who have amassed the most runs in the history of the Asia Cup in both the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) formats.
The Asia Cup 2023 schedule is out, and the first match of the competition will be played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The six teams will be divided into two groups, and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super Four stage.
Complete List of Most Runs in Asia Cricket Cup in ODI or T20I
Most Runs in Asia Cup (ODIs)
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||1990-2008||25||24||1220||130||53.04||102.52|
|KC Sangakkara (SL)||2004-2014||24||23||1075||121||48.86||84.51|
|SR Tendulkar (IND)||1990-2012||23||21||971||114||51.10||85.47|
|RG Sharma (IND)||2008-2023||28||26||939||111*||46.95||88.83|
|Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)||2008-2023||25||25||830||144||36.08||83.08|
|Shoaib Malik (PAK)||2000-2018||17||15||786||143||65.50||90.65|
|V Kohli (IND)||2010-2023||16||13||742||183||61.83||99.73|
|A Ranatunga (SL)||1984-1997||19||19||741||131*||57.00||82.79|
|DPMD Jayawardene (SL)||2000-2014||28||26||674||78||29.30||87.64|
|MS Dhoni (IND)||2008-2018||19||16||648||109*||64.80||87.68|
|PA de Silva (SL)||1984-2000||24||22||645||96*||32.25||83.44|
|MS Atapattu (SL)||1997-2004||13||12||642||100||64.20||71.09|
|Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)||2010-2023||18||18||575||80||35.93||101.23|
|G Gambhir (IND)||2008-2012||13||13||573||100||44.07||89.95|
|SK Raina (IND)||2008-2012||13||13||547||116*||60.77||113.95|
|Younis Khan (PAK)||2004-2012||14||13||546||144||49.63||100.55|
|S Dhawan (IND)||2014-2018||9||9||534||127||59.33||91.43|
|Shahid Afridi (PAK)||1997-2014||23||21||532||124||35.46||140.74|
|NS Sidhu (IND)||1988-1997||14||12||530||104*||66.25||77.71|
|Tamim Iqbal (BAN)||2008-2018||13||13||519||70||43.25||81.34|
|SC Ganguly (IND)||1997-2004||13||12||518||135*||51.80||74.00|
|Umar Akmal (PAK)||2010-2014||12||12||510||102*||51.00||99.41|
|V Sehwag (IND)||2004-2010||13||13||509||119||39.15||113.87|
|Mohammad Yousuf (PAK)||2000-2008||14||12||490||100*||54.44||76.80|
Most Runs in Asia Cup (T20s)
|Virat Kohli (IND)||429||9||122*||85.80||3/1|
|Mohammad Rizwan (PAK)||281||6||78*||56.20||3/0|
|Rohit Sharma (IND)||271||9||83||30.11||2/0|
|Babar Hayat (HKG)||235||5||122||47.00||1/1|
|Ibrahim Zadran (AFG)||196||5||64*||65.33||1/0|
|Bhanuka Rajapaksa (SL)||191||6||71*||47.75||1/0|
|Sabbir Rahman (BAN)||181||6||80||36.20||1/0|
|Muhammad Usman (UAE)||176||7||46||29.33||0/0|
|Najibullah Zadran (AFG)||176||8||60*||35.20||1/0|
|Pathum Nissanka (SL)||173||6||55*||34.60||2/0|
Top 3 Most Runs in Asia Cup ODI In 1985-2023:
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) – 1220 runs:
Known for his explosive batting, Sanath Jayasuriya tops the list of most runs in Asia Cup ODIs. The Sri Lankan legend played in the tournament between 1988 and 2008, accumulating a staggering total of 1220 runs in 30 matches. His aggressive style of play and ability to dominate bowlers made him a formidable force in the tournament.
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 1075 runs:
Another Sri Lankan great, Kumar Sangakkara, holds the second spot on the list. Sangakkara, a master of elegant strokeplay, scored 1075 runs in 24 matches during the Asia Cup. His consistency and ability to build innings made him a reliable run-getter for Sri Lanka.
Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 971 runs:
The “Little Master” Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the greatest batsman of all time, occupies the third position in the list. Tendulkar, representing India, scored 971 runs in 23 matches during the Asia Cup. His impeccable technique, vast array of shots, and ability to perform under pressure made him a fan favorite throughout his career.
Most Runs in Asia Cup T20I In 2016-2023:
Shoaib Malik (Pakistan) – 401 runs:
In the T20 format of the Asia Cup, Shoaib Malik leads the run-scoring charts. The experienced Pakistani all-rounder accumulated 401 runs in 14 matches. Malik’s ability to play anchor roles and finish matches with his calculated strokeplay and power hitting made him a valuable asset for the Pakistan team.
Virat Kohli (India) – 357 runs:
The modern-day batting maestro, Virat Kohli, holds the second position in the list of most runs in Asia Cup T20 matches. Known for his consistent performances and chasing mastery, Kohli scored 357 runs in 8 matches. His ability to control run-chases and play under pressure has made him one of the best in the business.
Rohit Sharma (India) – 320 runs:
Joining his teammate Kohli on this list is the stylish opener, Rohit Sharma. Rohit has been a prolific scorer in limited-overs cricket, and in Asia Cup T20 matches, he has accumulated 320 runs in 9 matches. Known for his elegant strokeplay and ability to score big hundreds, Rohit has played some memorable innings in the tournament.
FAQ About Asia Cup 2023
India and Pakistan are clubbed in the same group in Asia Cup 2023 which will be held in Pakistan in September. Newly crowned ACC Men’s Premier Cup champions Nepal have qualified for the tournament and will occupy the last spot in Group A alongside India and Pakistan.
India, with Eight titles (seven ODI and one T20I), is the most successful team in the tournament. Sri Lanka is the second most successful team, with six, Pakistan have won two titles. Sri Lanka has played the most Asia Cups (15) followed by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh who have played 14 each.
These statistics highlight the exceptional performances of these players and their impact on the Asia Cup. Their ability to consistently score runs in high-pressure matches showcases their skill, temperament, and contribution to their respective teams’ success.
As the Asia Cup continues to captivate cricket fans around the world, it will be interesting to see how these records evolve and if new stars emerge to claim their place in the list of most runs in the tournament’s history.