From a batsman’s point of view, maintaining a top batting average is well and truly important without the shadow of any doubt. It not only helps the batsman build a strong profile but also gives a truckload of confidence to go about his business in the long term.
Big names like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have perfected the habit of maintaining a good batting average quite consistently in ODIs and thus earned the tag of top-tier batters in the 50-overs format.
Let’s just focus on the three Indians with the highest batting average in Asia Cup ODIs (Minimum 300 runs).
1. Shubman Gill
India’s bright young prospect Shubman Gill has been making waves with the bat quite consistently. His performances give us a big hint that he is destined for greatness. He tops the list as he has the highest batting average in Asia Cup ODIs. The classy right-handed opening batsman has a batting average of 75.5.
2. Navjot Singh Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu was one of the important players of the Indian cricket team during the playing days of his career. He was best known for his aggressive and attacking style of batting, a trait that set him apart from most other Indian batters in his era. He comes second on the list, as he has a batting average of 66.3 in Asia Cup ODIs.
3. MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the best finishers in the world, courtesy of his potential to hold the nerves in pressure situations. Besides his incredible finishing abilities, he was a top-notch wicketkeeper who was capable of affecting lighting-fast stumping and taking acrobatic catches behind the stumps.
Under his captaincy, Team India lifted two Asia Cup trophies, which is quite an achievement. He comes third on the list as he has the third-highest batting average of 64.8 in Asia Cup ODIs.