Most Wickets in the Asia Cup

The 2023 Asia Cup is all set to start from 30th August but before that, let's find the players with most wickets in the Asia Cup.

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The Asia Cup is a men's One Day International (50 overs) and Twenty20 International cricket (20 overs) tournament. Only Asian countries take part in the continental championship. Asia Cup is the only continental championship in cricket. The tournament was first played in 1984, a year after the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) was formed. Originally, it was scheduled to be held every two years. Later, it was held every four years. ICC announced that Asia Cup events from 2016 would be on a rotation basis between ODI and T20I formats. It will be decided on the basis of the upcoming ICC events. Bowlers are one of the reasons behind a team's success. In this article, We'll talk about the players with the most wickets in the Asia Cup.

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Most Wickets in the Asia Cup (ODI)

1) Muthiah Muralidaran (Sri Lanka): 30 wickets

Muthiah Muralidaran is one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket. He has taken 30 wickets in 24 Asia Cup matches at an economy of 3.75 and an average of 28.83. He was part of Sri Lanka's Asia Cup titles wins in 1997, 2004, and 2008.

2) Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka): 29 wickets

Lasith Malinga is second on the list. He has been one of Sri Lanka's greatest pacers, especially in white-ball cricket. Malinga played in 5 editions from 2004 to 2018 and took 29 wickets at an economy of 4.65 and an average of 20.55. He finished as the highest wicket-taker in the 2010 and 2014 editions and won the competition with Sri Lanka in 2004 and 2014.  

3) Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka): 26 wickets

Another Sri Lankan bowler, mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis is third on the list of most wickets in the Asia Cup. Mendis took 26 wickets in just 8 matches from 2008 to 2014 at an economy of 3.98 and an average of 10.42. He was the highest wicket-taker at the 2008 edition. Mendis helped Sri Lanka to win the Asia Cup titles in 2008 and 2014.

4) Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan): 25 wickets

Saeed Ajmal is the only non-Sri Lankan bowler in the top 5. Ajmal took 25 wickets in 12 matches between 2008 and 2014 at an average of 19.25 and an economy rate of 4.21. He was part of Pakistan's Asia Cup-winning team in 2012.

5) Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka): 23 wickets

Another Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas completes the top 5 list of the bowlers with the most wickets in the Asia Cup. He played in the 1995 to 2008 editions of the Asia Cup. Vaas took 23 wickets at an average of 27.78 and an economy rate of 4.19. 

Top 10 Bowlers with the Most Wickets in Asia Cup (ODI)

Ravi Shastri was the leading wicket-taker in the inaugural edition of the Asia Cup with four wickets. Lasith Malinga was the leading wicket-taker in 2010 and joint leading wicket-taker in 2014. That makes him the only bowler to feature twice in the list. Ajantha Mendis in 2008 picked 17 wickets, the most in any edition of the competition. Here is the list of the all-time top 10 most wicket-takers in the history of the 50-overs Asia Cup.

Player Team Matches Wickets Best Figures Bowling Average Eco. Rate
Muthiah Muralidaran Sri Lanka 24 30 5/31 vs Ban (2008) 28.83 3.75
Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka 14 29 5/34 vs Pak (2010) 20.55 4.65
Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka 8 26 6/13 vs Ind (2008) 10.42 3.98
Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 12 25 3/26 vs SL (2014) 19.39 4.21
Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka 19 23 3/30 vs Ban (2004) 27.78 4.19
Irfan Pathan India 12 22 4/32 vs SL (2012) 27.50 5.54
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 25 22 4/49 vs Pak (1997) 30.31 4.48
Abdur Razzak Bangladesh 18 22 3/17 vs HK (2004) 36.18 4.67
Ravindra Jadeja India 14 19 4/29 vs Ban (2018) 26.57 4.34
Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 13 19 4/42 vs Afg (2018) 32.72 4.87

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Top 5 Bowlers with the Most Wickets in Asia Cup (T20)

India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken the most wickets in the Asia Cup (T20 format). He has 13 wickets in 2 T20I editions ( 2016 and 2022) of the Asia Cup. Here are the top 5 most wicket-takers in the history of the 20-overs Asia Cup.

Player Team Matches Wickets Best Figures Bowling Average Eco. Rate
Bhuvneshwar Kumar India 5 11 5/4 vs Afg (2022) 10.45 6.05
Wanindu Hasaranga Sri Lanka 6 9 3/21 vs Pak (2022) 18.88 7.39
Mohammad Nawaz Pakistan 6 8 3/5 vs HK (2022) 13.75 5.89
Shadab Khan Pakistan 5 8 4/8 vs HK (2022) 14.12 6.05
Haris Rauf Pakistan 6 8 3/29 vs SL (2022) 19.12 7.65

Asia Cup Highest Wicket-takers in every edition

Edition Player Team Year Wickets
1st Ravi Shastri India 1984 4
2nd Abdul Qadir Pakistan 1986 9
3rd Arshad Ayub India 1988 9
4th Kapil Dev India 1990-91 9
5th Anil Kumble India 1995 7
6th Venkatesh Prasad India 1997 7
7th Abdul Razzaq Pakistan 2000 8
8th Irfan Pathan India 2004 14
9th Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka 2008 17
10th Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka 2010 9
11th Umar Gul Pakistan 2012 9
12th Lasith Malinga, Saeed Ajmal Sri Lanka, Pakistan 2014 11
13th Al-Amin Hossain Bangladesh 2016 11
14th Rashid Khan, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India 2018 10
15th Bhuvneshwar Kumar India 2022 11
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