The much-awaited Asia Cup 2023 final between India and Sri Lanka will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today (September 17).
Earlier, the two sides met each other during the Super 4 stage of the tournament with India winning a low-scoring contest by 41 runs.
So now, as the cricketing world watches the summit clash of Asia Cup 2023 with bated breath, several records hang in the balance, waiting to be broken. Here are five notable records that could be rewritten during this epic showdown:
1. Rohit Sharma’s Fifth Asia Cup Final
Rohit Sharma is set to create history by becoming the first Indian player to participate in five Asia Cup finals. He will surpass cricketing legends Mohammad Azharuddin, MS Dhoni, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sachin Tendulkar, all of whom have played in four finals each. As he leads his team into this historic fixture, Rohit aims to secure victory and etch his name in the annals of cricketing greatness.
2. Kusal Mendis Eyes Kumar Sangakkara’s Record
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Mendis has been in sublime form in the tournament. With 253 runs in five innings, he is on the brink of surpassing Kumar Sangakkara‘s record for the most runs scored by a wicketkeeper in a single edition of Asia Cup (ODI). Mendis needs just 93 more runs to enter his name in the record books.
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3. Rohit Sharma Near 1000 Runs in Asia Cup ODIs
Team India captain Rohit is on the cusp of achieving a significant milestone. Just 33 runs away from becoming India’s highest run-scorer in Asia Cup ODIs, Rohit also requires 61 runs to join the exclusive 1000-run club in this tournament. Surpassing Tendulkar’s tally of most runs in Asia Cup ODIs would further cement Rohit’s legacy as one of India’s cricketing greats.
4. Rohit Sharma Sets Sights on Arjuna Ranatunga’s Record
Rohit is not just a prolific run-scorer but also an exceptional captain. He is poised to break captaincy records in this final. Rohit requires just one fifty-plus score to surpass Arjuna Ranatunga for the most 50+ scores as a captain in Asia Cup ODIs. Additionally, he can become the captain with the most half-centuries in Asia Cup ODI history.
5. Dasun Shanaka Aims for Consecutive Asia Cup Victories
Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka has been a force to reckon with in the ODI format. Having led his team to 13 consecutive wins, he guided Sri Lanka to Asia Cup glory in 2022. A victory in this year’s final would make him the first captain to clinch consecutive Asia Cup titles in both formats, a truly unique achievement.
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With these records on the line, the Asia Cup 2023 final promises to be a thrilling contest as both teams battle for supremacy in the tournament. Cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly await this epic clash to witness history in the making.
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