The 2022 Asia Cup is only a month away and every country is accounted for. The stage is all set and the tournament kicks off on Saturday, August 27, and will be wrapped in 16 days with the final tabbed for Sunday, September 11. Originally the tournament was scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka, however, due to political unrest in Sri Lanka, the tournament moved to the United Arab Emirates. The tournament will be played in T-2o format keeping an eye on ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, later this year.
Here we are going to discuss the best player from the top five participating teams in this Marquee tournament.
2022 Asia Cup: Five Players To Watch Out
#1. Hardik Pandya- India
Hardik Pandya is in top form since making his comeback in competitive cricket through the Indian Premier League 2022. The right-handed now looks more composed in his batting. Coming to bat at number 4 in IPL 2022, he took full control of the inning and also helped his side to win the IPL Trophy in the inaugural season of his franchise.
He also improved his bowling and now looks like a wicket-taking option. He played some crucial inning and also provided a much-needed breakthrough to his team in the recently concluded series. Coming to his importance in the Indian team, he provides much balance to his team. If the defending champion, India has to defend its Title, then Hardik’s form is very important for them.
#2. Shakib Al Hasan- Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan is currently the second-best all-rounder across the globe as per ICC Men’s T20 ranking. The left-handed batsman has played 13 ODI games in Asia Cup and scored 402 runs at an average of 33.50 and strike rate of 103.07. Talking about his stats in Asia Cup cricket in the T20 format, then he scored 77 runs in five T20I games.
He also picked 19 ODI wickets and 5 T20 wickets in this Marquee event. Bangladesh was runner-up in the last edition of the Asia Cup. Shakib can help in winning the tournament for the first time.
#3. Babar Azam- Pakistan
One of the elegant, and stylish batsmen of the Modern Game and the number one batsman in ICC Men’s T20 ranking, Babar Azam has given tough competition to fab four. The Pakistan captain has scored 156 runs in 5 ODI games at an average of 31.20 and strike rate of 70.90 in the cricket Asia Cup. However, he looks more destructive nowadays and is surely the man to watch out for in the 2022 Asia Cup. He will open the inning for Pakistan and would like to win the Asia Cup Title under his captaincy.
#4. Wanindu Hasaranga- Sri Lanka
Wanindu Hasaranga, the bowling all-rounder from Sri Lanka, impressed everyone with his bowling. The right-arm leg break has claimed 62 wickets at a bowling average of 14.15 and strike rate of 12.84 in 38 International T20 games. Coming to his batting, he is an aggressive batter and already scored 316 runs with the help of one fifty in T20I.
#5. Mohammed Nabi- Afghanistan
The no.1 all-rounder in the latest ICC Men’s T20 ranking, Mohammad Nabi is surely a player to watch out for in the 2022 Asia Cup. The captain of Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi has featured in 9 ODI games in Asia Cup and smacked 199 runs at an average of 22.11 and strike rate of 92.12. He also took nine wickets in the ODI format of the Asia Cup.
Coming to his T20 stats in cricket Asia Cup, he has featured in three games and picked four wickets with an economy of 6.91 and a bowling average of 20.75.