The Asia Cup is considered to be the mini World Cup for Asian countries and the latest 2018 edition was one of the best yet. Team India were the defending champions and dominated all the teams from the first Match with the exception of slip up to an excellent developing Afghanistan team. The tournament witnessed some thrilling encounters that went down till the last ball and had everything a tournament would demand to make it an entertaining and exciting one.
The Team India side was led by Rohit Sharma after the regular Team India skipper Virat Kohli was rested and in his absence, Rohit delivered as a captain and batsman!
Check out the high points and performances which helped India clinch their 7th title defeating Bangladesh by 3 wickets in the final on Friday.
Captain Roo’s phenomenal performance not just as a captain but as an opener too
The captaincy responsibilities were not new for Rohit Sharma who has captained his IPL team Mumbai Indians to win the title thrice. But in the absence of India’s main man Virat Kohli this was a new challenge in a high profile tournament. This isn’t the first time that Sharma skippered Team India and in this tournament he made some crucial bowling changes and field placements with an attacking mind-set that ensured that the opposition was put under continuous pressure.
India’s Batting Performance
India’s batting has been exceptional throughout the tournament from the opening batsmen to middle order. The opening pair Dhawan and Rohit proved destructive and gave India a solid start more often than not when they came out to bat. Dhawan showed his dominance in the limited overs format after he was criticised in the England tour. Shikhar came out all guns blazing and gave a solid start to his side. Dhawan finished as the highest run scorer of the tournament, accumulating 342 runs in five innings with two centuries to his name with a highest of 127 runs against Pakistan and was the Player of the Tournament.
India’s Bowling Performance
Just like batting our bowlers too were very impressive. The Yorker King Jasprit Bumrah gave tough times to the opponent batsmen. His was equally lethal upfront and at the death overs. He took 8 wickets in 4 games. Bumrah along with his partner pacer Bhuvneshwar made batting it difficult for the opposing batsmen.
It wasn’t just the pacers who troubled the opponents; our spinners were equally at their best. The man with the golden arm Kuldeep Yadav gave India breakthroughs in the crucial situations. The chinaman bowler became the fastest Indian to 50 ODI wickets in this tournament. He finished the tournament as highest wicket taker for India where he took 10 wickets in 6 matches.
7th Asia Cup Title for Team India!
Team India were not just the defending champions but also the favourites to win this trophy. India first beat Hong Kong, then Pakistan in a one-sided game. Then in the Super Four stage they defeated Bangladesh and Pakistan. In the last match of the Super Four Stage India and Afghanistan battled in another thrilling game which ended in a draw.
On Friday India defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in an exciting last over finish. The final of Asia Cup turned out to be a superbly entertaining match which swung one way then the other. Chasing a total of 223 runs and the encounter went on to the last ball. Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav were the batsmen and they held their nerves to take their team to victory to become Asia Cup Champions again!
Next up is West Indies Tour of India starting with the Tests on October 4th.