Asia Cup 2022 ended with a lot of amazing comebacks and thrillers. This tournament will definitely find a place as one of the best tournaments in the calendar year 2022. Teams like Afghanistan and Hong Kong showed great intent and gave tough competition as well.
From our point of view, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have been the most improved white ball cricket teams in the tournament. And India, one of the most favorites to win the trophy was knocked out during the Super 4 league stage games.
In this Playing 11, those players are included who consistently played important knocks and roles according to their given responsibility or when it was needed the most for their respective nations.
Best Playing 11 of the Asia Cup 2022
Wicket-Keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Kusal Mendis.
Dropping any one of them was a little tough in the presence of Mohammad Rizwan, who’s the highest run scorer of the tournament. But, Rizwan’s strike rate of less than 120 was below average in this tournament as compared to the above two openers who scored runs with a strike rate of around 160 each with a descent average of about 30.
Batsmen: Virat Kohli, and Bhanuka Rajapaksha.
Virat Kohli, who is back to form once again by smashing his 71st international and 1st T20I century, is also the 2nd highest run-getter scoring 276 runs with a strike rate of 147 and averaging 92. Rajapaksha impressed a lot especially by managing his role in a tough situation like in the Asia Cup final. Both players are situational-based players because they set their batting rhythm as per the team’s requirements.
All-Rounders: Mohammad Nawaz, Dasun Shanaka, and Shadab Khan.
Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan provide a left-right combination in both departments. Both of them provided a good contribution with both bat and bowl. Both of them can also be used as floaters. Dasun Shanaka bats at the lower middle order, and also play the role of a good finisher who scored 100 plus runs with a strike of around 140 and is a handy part-time pace bowler as well. Shanaka led his side to win the Asia Cup trophy for the 6th time after a wait of 7 years.
Bowlers: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Naseem Shah.
Mujeeb and Bhuvi bowled very well during the first-six powerplay overs. Bhuvi was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament where he took 11 wickets in 5 matches with an average of 10.45 and an economy of 6.05. And, Mujeeb took 7 wickets in 5 games with an average of 15.86 and an economy of 5.55. Had to leave behind the best Afghani bowler Rashid Khan because the inclusion of Shadab Khan already fulfilled the same requirement and also provides a batting option as well. Young guns, Arshdeep and Naseem both were impressive in the death overs with their yorker length and mixed variation deliveries.