Hitting centuries in cricket is every batter’s dream, as he or she can declare to the cricket world that he can score good runs for his team, plus that builds confidence in the team’s mind that they can rely on him or her in critical situations where a batter needs to score big runs for the team. Batters of the various teams in the Asia Cup scored numerous centuries, and here is the list of the top 5 batters with the most centuries in the Asia Cup played in ODI format.
|S. No.||Player Name||Centuries||Matches Played||Team|
|1||Sanath Jayasuriya||6||25||Sri Lanka|
|3||Kumar Sangakkara||4||24||Sri Lanka|
|5||Lahiru Thirimanne||2||9||Sri Lanka|
List of Top 5 batters with maximum number of centuries in Asia Cup(1984-2023):
The former left-handed batter of Sri Lanka is at the top of the list of batters with maximum centuries in the Asia Cup. In his prime, he was the batter that could dismantle any bowling lineup. His fearless batting style helped Sri Lanka score big in various matches and chase down some of the formidable totals multiple times. Sanath Jayasuriya has scored the maximum number of centuries in the continental event. With six centuries in the ODI Asia Cup, he is at the top of the chart.
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli comes in at number 2 in the list of centuries. The right-handed batter of India has scored 4 centuries in the Asia Cup (ODI) so far and is the only Indian batter to score a hundred in the Asia Cup (T20), as the 2022 edition of the Asian event happened in T20 format. He scored his hundred against Afghanistan, which was also his first T20I hundred. If we do the count, then the overall centuries in the Asia Cup (T20+ ODI) of Virat Kohli go to 5. He scored his latest century against arch-rivals Pakistan, scoring 122 runs.
Former Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara was the most impressive left-handed batter in his era, scoring thousands of runs across multiple formats, showing his batting prowess in ODI format. The Sri Lankan has scored 4 centuries, which is equal to Virat Kohli’s, but as he scored these centuries in 24 matches, he is at number 3 in the list.
Right-handed Pakistani batter Shoaib Malik is at number 4 in terms of the number of centuries in the Asia Cup. Shoaib Malik hit three centuries in the Asian tournament, and one of his most famous knocks was against India back in 2004, when Pakistan defeated India due to his century. Pakistan put a total of 300 on the board riding on Shoaib Malik’s 143-run innings, and India could only manage to score 241/8 in 50 overs.
Another Sri Lankan left-handed batter on the list is Lahiru Thirimanne, who has scored two centuries in the Asian tournament. He only played nine matches in the event, and as of now, the left-handed batter has been retired from international cricket.
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