Since 1984, the Asia Cup has witnessedunforgettable moments. When cricketing giants like India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka face each other, the result is nothing short of epic entertainment. From nail-biting finishes to stellarpartnerships, the tournament has everything a cricket fan could wish for. With Asia Cup 2018 just around the corner, let’s revisit some of the top unforgettable moments.
- Sehwag- Raina master class
It was the Asia Cup of 2008, venueKarachi, Pakistan. India-Pakistan matches are always enthralling, and this match lived upto the expectations of spectators. With Shoaib Malik’s scintillating knock of 115 from 199 balls, Pakistan was able to put a challenging 299. In reply, India finished the match under 42.1 overs, thanks to apartnership of 198 runs between Sehwag and Raina. Raina contributed with 69 of 84 balls. This stellar partnershiphelpedIndia win against the home teamand went on to become one of the most iconic wins in Indiancrickethistory.
- Mendis the Menace
Sri Lanka has always produced excellent bowlers, but in the 2008 Asia Cup finals, a mystery bowler named Ajantha Mendis shocked the world with his extraordinary bowling. While chasing Sri Lanka’s achievable total of 273, the Indian batting line-up collapsed like dominos. Mendis sent half a dozen Indian batsmen back to the pavilion with his miraculous spell of 6/13. India was bowled out for 173 with Dhoni and Sehwag a stop-scorers. Even after ten years, Mendis’ spell remains one of the most unforgettable moments in the history of Asia Cup.
- Cometh the hour, cometh the champion
Cricket’s most adored batsman Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th international century against Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2012. Tendulkar scored his 49th ODI against Bangladesh completing the century of centuries. The 2012 Asia Cup was also the tournament during whichTendulkar bidfarewell to ODI cricket. Even though India lost the match to Bangladesh, it will always be remembered for Tendulkar’s history-making innings.
- New players, old rivalry
Asia Cup 2010 in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. Pakistan put up267 on the board. It came down to 7 runs of7balls with Shoaib Akhtar bowling to Harbhajan Singh. When two hotheads face off,a war of words is no surprise. India won the match with one ball to spare. Harbhajan Singh hit the winning shot to beat Pakistan in a high-octane game.
- The last heroics
Pakistan’s beloved player Shahid Afridi is often criticized for his inconsistencyand inability to deliver under pressure. However, he proved his critics wrong when Pakistan faced India in the 2014 Asia Cup. India put down the 245 and Pakistan, while chasing and scored 203 for 6 in the 45thover. The wind was blowing in Pakistan’s favour until they lost three wickets of five balls. Pakistan needed nine runs of the four balls when Shahid Afridi hit two sixes to cinch victory for Pakistan.
Asia Cup has seen thrilling cricketing action creating undying memories. This year’s Asia Cup is going to bejust as exciting with the Asian giants warming up for a bigger game. The tournament will start on September 15thso let’s get ready to enjoy it, and experience more unforgettable moments.