On August 31st, the continental cricket tournament resumes. In the lead-up to the ODI World Cup, countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan will place a great deal of emphasis on the Asia Cup. Nepal would be the tournament’s sixth participant in addition to these five teams. The top 10 wicket-takers from the Asia Cup will be discussed in this article.
Muttiah Muralidaran: 30 wickets
It is hardly surprising that the player with the most wickets in ODIs and Tests also has the most in the Asia Cup. Muralidaran had a low economy of just 3.75 RPO while taking 30 wickets in 24 games. He had a strike rate of 46.06 and a low bowling average of 28.83.
Lasith Malinga: 29 wickets
During his playing career in limited-overs cricket, Lasith Malinga was one of the top bowlers. He was known for throwing inswinging yorkers that were both deadly and unorthodox. Malinga was one wicket shy of matching his national teammate’s total of 30 wickets in just 14 games. Malinga, who is renowned for his peculiar slinging motion, collected three 5-wicket hauls. Malinga had a bowling strike rate of 26.51, an economy of 4.65, and an average of 20.55.
Ajantha Mendis: 26 wickets
If you look at Ajantha Mendis’ statistics, he might be the greatest bowler in the Asia Cup. Mendis, who helped develop mystery spin-bowling, previously dominated limited-overs cricket. During the Asia Cup, Mendis took 26 wickets in just 8 games. His bowling economy was only 3.98 RPO, but his average and strike rate are astonishing numbers. His bowling strike rate was 15.69 and his average was barely 10.42. As a result, he typically took a wicket in under an over.
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Saeed Ajmal: 25 wickets
Saeed Ajmal is the first player on this list who is not from Sri Lanka. One of the greatest and most feared spinners of his era was Ajmal. In 12 games, he bowled at an economy of 4.21 RPO and claimed 25 wickets. His strike rate was 27.60 and his bowling average was 19.39.
Chaminda Vaas: 23 wickets
The Asia Cup pacer with the most wickets is Chaminda Vaas. The left-arm bowler had a 4.19 RPO economy rate while taking 23 wickets. His bowling strike rate was 39.73, and his average was 27.78.
Irfan Pathan: 22 wickets
The highest-ranking Indian in the Asia Cup is Irfan Pathan. Fast bowling all-arounder from India, who is tied for sixth on the list with 22 wickets. He shares a wicket total of 22 with Jayasuriya and Razzak, although he has a higher bowling average and strike rate. In 12 games, Pathan took 22 wickets while bowling with a 5.54 RPO economy. His strike rate was 29.77 and his bowling average was 27.50.
Sanath Jayasuriya: 22 wickets
The Asia Cup’s leading run scorer is also the multi-nation tournament’s sixth-highest wicket-taker. In 25 Asia Cup games, Jayasuriya collected 22 wickets while bowling at an economy of 4.48 RPO. His strike rate was 40.59 and his bowling average was 30.31.
Abdur Razzak: 22 wickets
In the Asia Cup, Abdur Razzak has taken the most wickets of any Bangladeshi cricketer. In 18 games, he bowled at an economy of 4.67 RPO and claimed 22 wickets. His strike rate was 46.45 and his bowling average was 36.18.
Ravindra Jadeja: 19 wickets
Shakib Al Hasan and Ravindra Jadeja are equal on 19 wickets. Shakib is outperformed by Jadeja in terms of strike rate and bowling average. In 14 games, Jadeja collected 19 wickets while bowling at a 4.34 RPO economy. In the 2018 Asia Cup, Jadeja will have the opportunity to surpass Razzak, Jayasuriya, and Pathan and pass them to become India’s all-time leading wicket-taker. His strike rate is 36.68 and his bowling average is 26.57.
Shakib Al Hasan: 19 wickets
Another active cricketer on this list is Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib will have the same opportunity to surpass Pathan and Razzak as Jadeja did. In 13 games, Shakib has taken 19 wickets and has a 4.87 economy rate. His strike rate is 40.31 and his bowling average is 32.72.