Asia Cup 2023: Gill and Pathirana lead top batters and bowlers chart

India's Shubman Gill is the top batter in the Asia Cup 2023 while Matheesha Pathirana of Sri Lanka is the top bowler after the final on September 17, 2023

Matheesha Pathirana and Shubman Gill lead top bowler and top batter charts in Asia Cup 2023. Photo: X

Matheesha Pathirana and Shubman Gill lead top bowler and top batter charts in Asia Cup 2023. Photo: X

BS Web Team New Delhi
The Asia Cup 2023 came to an end on Sunday, September 17, 2023, with the final between India and Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka. It has given a platform for the young guns to shine and they have shown brilliantly as well with India’s Shubman Gill leading the run-scorers chart and Sri Lanka’s Matheesha Pathirana. 

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Asia Cup 2023 Top five batters

Shubman Gill

India’s Shubman Gill has scored 302 runs in the six matches that he has played in the Asia Cup 2023. The right-hander has smashed a century- against Bangladesh and two fifties, one each against Pakistan and Nepal on his way to the top spot in the run-scorers chart. Gill has an average of 75 and a strike rate of 93.49.

Kusal Mendis

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Second on the list comes Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis. The wicket-keeper batter has tallied 270 runs in six games at an average of 45 and a strike rate of 90.03. The 28-year-old has smashed three fifties and his best score 93 came in the most crucial game against Pakistan in the Super4 match that acted as a virtual semi-final. 

Sadeera Samarawickrama

Next on the list is another Sri Lankan, Sadeera Samarawickrama. Sadeera, who made his international debut way back in 2017, has finally come off age as a batter in this Asia Cup. With a varied range of shots in his array, the 28-year-old, who is also a wicket-keeper but playing in the team as a specialist batter, has scored 215 runs at an average of 38.53 and a strike rate of 89.95. He has scored two fifties. 

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul 

The next two batters in the list are from Pakistan who could no longer take part in the tournament and would most likely be taken over by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul of India in all probability. While Babar Azam scored 207 runs in five games, Mohammad Rizwan amassed 195 runs. 

Rohit has 194 runs with three fifties to his name while Rahul has compiled 169 runs in just three innings.  

Top five run-scorers in Asia Cup 2023

Player Team Runs Best Score Average
Shubman Gill India 302 121 75.00
Kusal Mendis Sri Lanka 270 92 45.00
Sadeera Samarawickrama Sri Lanka 215 93 35.83
Babar Azam Pakistan 207 151 51.75
Mohammad Rizwan Pakistan 195 86* 97.50

Top five bowlers in Asia Cup 2023

Matheesha Pathirana 

With a slinging action like Lasith Malinga’s, Matheesha Pathirana came good in the most important match for Sri Lanka. He picked up four wickets for just 32 runs and leapfrogged Kuldeep Yadav and Dunith Wellalage to the top position. In total, Pathirana has 11 wickets in five matches at an average of 22.63. 

Mohammed Siraj

Not even an outside conetnder to entere the top fove bowlers list in the Asia Cup, Mohammed Siraj stormed to the second position with career best 6/21 in the final against Sri Lanka. In total, the Hyderabad pacer picked 10 wickets in five games at an average of 12.20. 

Dunith Wellalage

Wellalage rose to fame after he picked up his maiden five-wicket haul against India in a Super4 match. In that match, the left-handed spinner showed his all-round ability and scored an unbeaten 42. The 20-year-old has taken 10 wickets at 17.20 runs per wicket. His best figures are 5/40. 

Kuldeep Yadav

India’s Kuldeep Yadav comes fifth on the list with nine wickets in five games. His average of 11.44 and economy rate of 3.61 are one of the best among all the bowlers in the top five wicket-takers list in Asia Cup 2023. Kuldeep’s best figure of 5/25 came against Pakistan. 

Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan with 10 wickets comes in at fourth place.

Top five wicket-takers in Asia Cup 2023

Rank Player Matches Overs Balls Wkts Avg Runs 4-fers 5-fers
1 Matheesha Pathirana 6 38.5 233 11 24.54 249 1 -
  Mohammed Siraj 5 26.2 158 10 12.20 122   1
2 Dunith Wellalage 6 42 252 10 17.9 179 - 1
4 Shaheen Afridi 5 41 246 10 23.5 235 1 -
5 Kuldeep Yadav 5 28.3 171 9 11.44 103 1 1

First Published: Sep 16 2023 | 7:43 PM IST

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