Asia Cup 2023, The Indian team has entered the finals with a stellar performance in the Asia Cup 2023. The team has given crushing defeats to Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Now the Indian team has to play its formal match in Super-4 against Bangladesh today (15 September).
Now the Indian team will face Sri Lanka in the title match. This final will be held in Colombo on 17th September. If the Indian team wins the final, it will be its 8th title in the history of Asia Cup. At number two, Sri Lanka has won the title 6 times. Pakistan has become Asia Cup champion only twice.
Even though the Indian team has won the Asia Cup title the most number of times, the team also has an embarrassing record in the finals, which can create problems for it this time. This is a shameful record of not scoring a century. In fact, till now no Indian batsman has been able to score a century in the ODI Asia Cup final. From Sachin Tendulkar to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, none of the greats could score a century.
Mohammad Azharuddin has made the highest score among Indians in the Asia Cup final. He once played an unbeaten inning of 90 runs. Azharuddin also played this inning against Sri Lanka on 14 April 1995 at Sharjah ground. Navjot Singh Sidhu has made the second-biggest score among Indians with his unbeaten 84 runs.
IND vs SL Asia Cup 2023 Final, But this time there are high expectations from captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill and KL Rahul. Kohli and Rahul even scored centuries against Pakistan. In such a situation, there are more expectations from both. Whereas Rohit has scored 3 fifties so far. If one of these or any other player scores a century, it will be the first century from India in the Asia Cup final.
In the history of Asia Cup (T20, ODI), the Indian team has won the title maximum 7 times. India had won the Asia Cup title in 1984, 1988, 1990/91, 1995, 2010, 2016, and 2018. In second place is Sri Lanka, which has won the Asia Cup trophy 6 times. The Sri Lankan team won the Asia Cup title in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2014 and 2022. Whereas in 2000 and 2012, the Asia Cup trophy was crowned by Pakistan.
This time the Indian team will play the final for the 10th time in the ODI Asia Cup. The Indian team has won the title 6 out of 9 times so far. Let us tell you that the Indian team had also won the T20 Asia Cup title once in 2016.
Let us tell you that the Indian team has played the final of the ODI Asia Cup 8 times out of 9 against Sri Lanka and once against Bangladesh. The Indian team played the first final of the Asia Cup in 1984. Then the tournament was held in UAE, in the final of which India defeated Sri Lanka. The last time the Indian team played the final of the ODI Asia Cup was in 2018. Won the title by defeating Bangladesh in this final held in Dubai.