Asia Cup 2022. Asia Cup is returning after a gap of 4 years. The last time the Asian countries met in this tournament was in 2018 in the UAE, where India defeated its neighbor Bangladesh to lift the trophy for the sixth time.
The 5 confirmed Asian teams, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, along with the sixth team(to be decided from the Asia cup 2022 qualifying round), have already started preparations for the tournament to be organized in the UAE from August 27th- September 11th. Below is one player from each team that can win the match single-handedly in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022.
INDIA- ROHIT SHARMA
Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, will be one of the most important assets for the team in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. His presence at the top is crucial for the men in blue if they are to defeat other groups and march ahead in the tournament.
He was the second highest run scorer in the previous edition of the Asia Cup, held in 2018. He accumulated 317 runs in 5 innings.
Rohit Sharma is one of the most prolific batsmen in the limited overs format, and T20 is his cream. Generally, he takes a few overs to settle in, but he is unstoppable once that phase is over. Other teams will have to devise a strategy to get him out early. Else, the bowlers are sure to have a nightmare.
PAKISTAN- FAKHAR ZAMAN
Fakhar Zaman, in the last 2-3 years, has become a crucial member of Pakistan in the top order. If they have Babar Azam and Rizwan at the top, then Fakhar Zaman has added depth to the batting. The left-handed player is a treat to watch when on the song. His cover drives and pull shots have often made the bowlers worry.
Zaman was the catalyst in defeating India in the 2017 champions trophy. Having a strike rate of 132 is considered good in the T20 format. If Fakhar Zaman gets going in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022, he can single-handedly win matches for Pakistan.
SRI LANKA- CHARITH ASALANKA
Charith Asalanka, since ICC T20 World Cup 2021, has been in great form. He was the highest run scorer for the team, scoring 231 runs in 6 innings. Charith Asalanka has become an essential batsman in the middle-order. He bats sensibly and often go after the bowling.
He has the ability to change gears at any given point, which gives him the tag of an attacking batsman. Charith Asalaka will undoubtedly be on the mind of all the teams, and he can win matches single-handedly for Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2022.
Shakib-al-Hasan, the present captain of the Bangladesh T20 cricket team, is the pillar of the batting order. He is someone who generally comes to bat in the lower middle order and plays the role of a finisher. He can strike the ball a long way.
Shakib-al-Hasan is also the most experienced player in the Bangladesh squad, having played in 99 t20 matches. He has the ability to win matches single-handedly for Bangladesh with the bat. Apart from this, he can also contribute to the ball, increasing his utility.
AFGHANISTAN- NAJIBULLAH ZADRAN
The left-handed batsman from Afghanistan is to watch out for in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. He has a strike rate of 141.75 in the T20 format and can tear apart the bowling on any given day.
The middle-order batsman adds firepower to the team. If Najibullah Zadran settles down, he is difficult to be stopped.