The inaugural edition of the Asia Cup kick-started in the year 1984 and since then as many as 16 editions were played so far. Among the Asian teams, Team India have been the most successful team so far as they have won eight titles whereas Sri Lanka follow next on the list with six titles and Pakistan won two titles so far.
Case in point, scoring runs in the debut Asia Cup tournament has always been a challenging task for the batsmen. It is due to the fact that there is immense pressure on them. However, some batsmen held their nerves and performed exceedingly well, much to the expectations of the fans.
Only 3 players have scored 300 or more runs in their debut Asia Cup tourney. Notably, all of them are Indians. Let’s dive deep into the list of 3 players who completed 300 or more runs in their debut Asia Cup tourney.
1. Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has been one of the best middle-order batsmen for India during the playing days of his cricketing journey. The former Indian cricketer has played several impactful knocks for the Indian cricket team.
Apart from his batting prowess, he was best known for his sharp fielding abilities. He tops the list as he scored the most runs in his debut Asia Cup tournament. Raina scored 372 runs in the 2008 edition of the Asia Cup at an average of 74.40 including 2 centuries and 2 fifties.
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2. MS Dhoni
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is known for his quick reflexes behind the stumps and his potential to finish games, thanks to his aggressive, calm and composed batting approach.
When he is at the crease, the pressure has always been on the bowlers. He comes next on the list as he scored 327 runs in the 2008 edition of the Asia Cup at an average of 109 including 1 century and 2 fifties.
3. Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill has been the best-performing youngster in international cricket in the current era. He is the youngest batsman to score a double century in One-Day Internationals.
He is also the youngest batter to score a hundred across all three formats of the game. Gill scored 302 runs in the 2023 edition of the Asia Cup at an average of 75.50 including 1 century and 2 fifties.
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