The much-awaited Asia Cup 2018 is around the corner with the 1st match to be played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on September 15. So, just to revive some gold moments of this tournament, we are here with some phenomenal batting performances by the legends. Have a glance:
Sachin Tendulkar 112* against Sri Lanka in 1995
The 90s belonged to Sachin Tendulkar and this was one of his innings’ that crushed the opposition badly. After batting first, Sri Lanka scored just 202 in their 50 overs. Legends like Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda De Silva and Roshan Mahanama failed to capitalise on their good starts because of some phenomenal spells from Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad.
On India’s batting front, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar scored a scintillating century with the help of 15 fours and a six. He got a good support from Manoj Prabhakar during their opening stand of 161. India won the match in the 34th over and Tendulkar was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his remarkable innings of 112*. This was another one-man show by the little champ.
Sourav Ganguly 135* against Bangladesh in 2000
Sourav Ganguly has a contribution in framing the best Indian side till date. He built players who went on to play for at least 10-12 years for India. Ganguly himself was a legend when it comes to ODIs. His big sixes over the long-on and solid cover drives are still fresh in the minds of India fans.
In this Asia Cup encounter where Bangladesh scored a decent score 249 in their 50 overs, India lost Tendulkar for 36 runs who played some delightful shots in his quick innings. Ganguly, the skipper, once again took the responsibility on his shoulders by scoring a phenomenal 135* with the help of 7 big sixes and 6 fours. India won the game comfortably by 8 wickets and Dada was named as the Man of the Match.
Sanath Jayasuriya 130 against Bangladesh in 2008
Sanath Jayasuriya is the most successful batsman of Asia Cup to date. He is the highest run-scorer in this tournament with 1220 runs. One of his greatest ODI innings came in the Asia Cup 2008 when Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh 158 runs. The southpaw scored a magnificent 130 in just 88 deliveries. Due to his efforts, Lankans reached 332 in their 50 overs.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, couldn’t even score 200 and were all-out for just 174. This was a one-sided affair where Jayasuriya showed his class yet again. He was also awarded Man of the Match for his exceptional innings.
Shoaib Malik 143 against India in 2004
This was a match which India would like to forget desperately as they were defeated against Pakistan by 59 runs. After opting to bat first, Pakistan scored a massive 300 with the help of a top knock played by Shoaib Malik. e scored 143 and didn’t leave any chance for India to come back into the game.
On the batting front, India kept on losing wickets while Tendulkar, who scored a good 78, was looking for some support from the other end. In the end, India could only manage to score 241 and lost the battle by 59 runs. Malik won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant innings. Had India won this game, Sachin Tendulkar would have won the Man of the Match for his innings of 78 and for picking up 3 wickets.
Virat Kohli 183 against Pakistan in 2012
Hitting a match-winning knock against Pakistan is always for any Indian batsman and Virat Kohli did the same in 2012 encounter against them, which happened to be Sachin Tendulkar’s final ODI game. The ‘God of Cricket; too scored a half-century and set up a platform.
Kohli started off sensibly and then raised his bar with some magnificent strokes all around the park. The game was played at Dhaka and it was a packed stadium. Chasing 330 was a big task but Kohli made it quite simple. The game was over in the 48th over only India got their next hero in the form of chase master Virat Kohli. He won the Man of the Match award for playing one of the best ODI innings of all time.