Following their convincing ten-wicket triumph over Sri Lanka in the final at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium, Team India emerged as the champions of the Asia Cup 2023. This impressive victory marked their eighth Asia Cup title and further bolstered their growing collection of multinational tournament trophies since 2018. Let’s delve into the standout players of the tournament.

1. Shubman Gill: Shubman Gill, the standout performer in white-ball cricket in 2023, consistently entertained and delivered impressive runs throughout the competition. Despite a shaky start against Pakistan, Gill found his form, amassing an impressive total of 302 runs at an outstanding average of 75.50. This included a resilient 121-run inning against Bangladesh and two half-centuries, making him the tournament’s leading run-scorer.

2. Rohit Sharma (Captain): Rohit Sharma, leading the Indian team, showcased his leadership skills and batting brilliance. Opening the innings, he accumulated 194 runs in five innings at an impressive average of 48.50. This included three half-centuries, with his 53-run innings against Sri Lanka in a closely contested match being a standout contribution.

3. Kusal Mendis: Kusal Mendis, the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament, proved to be a dependable presence at the top of Sri Lanka’s batting order. He gathered 270 runs at an impressive average of 45, registering three half-centuries. One of his standout performances was his 91-run inning against Pakistan, earning him the Player of the Match accolade for his crucial role in a challenging run chase.

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4. KL Rahul (Wicketkeeper): KL Rahul made a stunning comeback after a brief recovery period, delivering a scintillating 111-run inning from 106 balls against Pakistan’s formidable bowling attack. Throughout the tournament, he amassed 169 runs at an outstanding average of 89.50. Rahul also took on the wicketkeeping role for India, displaying remarkable skills behind the stumps.

5. Najmul Hossain Shanto: Najmul Hossain Shanto made an impressive start to the tournament by accumulating 193 runs in just two games, boasting an impressive average of 96.50. His consistent performance began with a steady 89-run inning against Sri Lanka, followed by a stunning 104 against Afghanistan. Unfortunately, an untimely hamstring injury against Afghanistan ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.

6. Charith Asalanka: Charith Asalanka contributed significantly with both bat and ball for Sri Lanka. He scored 179 runs at a solid average of 44.75, including a half-century. His standout batting display came in a crucial match against Pakistan, where his 49-run inning played a pivotal role in guiding Sri Lanka to the tournament finals. With the ball, Asalanka secured four wickets at an impressive average of 4.75, including a remarkable 4/18 spell against India.

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7. Dunith Wellalage: Dunith Wellalage, a promising 20-year-old, made a significant impression during the tournament. He showcased his exceptional skills against formidable opponents, especially against renowned teams. Wellalage impressively claimed 10 wickets at an average of 17.9 and an economical bowling rate of 4.26. His standout moment came when he picked up an astonishing 5/40 against India, dismantling their top-order, and contributed 42 runs with the bat in the same match.

8. Shaheen Shah Afridi: Leading Pakistan’s pace attack, Shaheen Shah Afridi displayed his prowess on the field. He secured an impressive tally of 10 wickets at an average of 23.50. His standout performance was marked by exceptional figures of 4/35 against India, showcasing his excellent form as he gears up for future competitions.

9. Kuldeep Yadav: Kuldeep Yadav was named the Man of the Series for his outstanding bowling performances. Despite bowling only 29 overs in the tournament, he made a significant impact. Kuldeep secured nine wickets at an exceptional average of 11.44 and an economy rate of under 3.7. His match-winning spell against Pakistan, where he dismantled their batting lineup, and another 4-wicket haul against Sri Lanka were highlights of his impressive tournament.

10. Mohammed Siraj: In the Asia Cup final, Mohammed Siraj produced a spell that will be etched in his memory forever. He claimed a remarkable 5-wicket haul in just 16 deliveries, including four wickets in a single over, culminating in figures of 6/21 in seven overs. This phenomenal performance dismantled Sri Lanka’s batting lineup, which managed a mere 50 runs. Siraj’s outstanding performance in the final earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match award. Throughout the tournament, he was exceptional, securing a total of 10 wickets at an average of just 12.20.

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11. Matheesha Pathirana: Matheesha Pathirana, a 20-year-old fast bowler, emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, impressively securing 11 wickets at an average of 24.55. His contributions were vital for Sri Lanka, especially during the middle overs and at the death of innings. Pathirana concluded the tournament as the top wicket-taker, marking this as a breakthrough performance on the international stage.

12. Sadeera Samarawickrama (12th Man): Sadeera Samarawickrama, a middle-order batsman for Sri Lanka, had a fantastic tournament, amassing 215 runs at an impressive average of 35.83. He recorded two half-centuries, with a remarkable 93-run inning against Bangladesh being a standout performance, earning him the Player of the Match recognition.

These standout performances collectively made the Asia Cup 2023 a memorable and thrilling tournament.