With the recent conclusion of the 15th edition of the Asia Cup, we take a look at the players who impressed and the repercussions of the tournament on the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup.
It was a fairytale ending for Sri Lanka at the 2022 Asia Cup, who were crowned champions for the sixth time in the tournament's history.
The timing of the triumph couldn't have come at a better time for Sri Lanka – not just the team heading into the ICC Men's T20 World Cup but also the nation and the fans who have been going through a tough time back home.
Their tournament got off to the worst possible start where they were bowled out for 105 against Afghanistan and saw the score chased down in 10.1 overs. The Islanders were almost knocked out of the tournament in the group stage before they snatched victories from the jaws of defeat against Bangladesh.
From there on, they were an unstoppable force and more importantly, a solid well-gelled unit. They beat India and Afghanistan in the Super Four stage before defeating Pakistan two games in a row, including the final.
In this article, we take a look at the top players, the impact the Asia Cup could have on the ICC Men's T20 World Cup and more.
Highest run-scorer: Mohammad Rizwan (281 runs in six matches)
It was a memorable Asia Cup for Mohammad Rizwan, who during the course of the tournament became the No.1 ranked ICC Men's T20I batter.
The wicket-keeper batter started the tournament with a well-made 43 against India and followed it up with two-match winning fifties. Chasing 194 against Hong Kong for a spot in the Super Four, he anchored the innings with an unbeaten 78 off 57. Rizwan was once again Pakistan's highest scorer in the Super Four clash against India, where he played a match-winning 71 off 51 in a thriller.