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5 Iconic Asia Cup Moments: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Cricket  •  17 Aug, 2023  •  2,893 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami

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The Asia Cup is not just another cricket tournament for the fans of the sub-continent; it is a vibrant showcase of passion, rivalry, and unforgettable memories. Starting with the traditional cricket giants – India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the tournament now sees spirited participation from nations like Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. Let's revisit some of the most iconic moments from this prestigious tournament.


Virat Kohli's Masterclass of 183 against Pakistan, 2012

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In a match that spotlighted Virat Kohli's emerging brilliance, the young batsman changed the game's dynamics with his exceptional innings. Despite Pakistan setting a mammoth target of 329, Kohli's determination was evident from the very start. Alongside the legend, Sachin Tendulkar, he took on Pakistan's formidable bowling line-up, hitting 22 boundaries and playing a pivotal role in India's win.

India's Statement of Dominance, Asia Cup 1984

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Following their 1983 World Cup triumph, India proved their mettle in the inaugural Asia Cup. Facing arch-rivals Pakistan in the final, India managed a decent 188 runs. Though Pakistan believed India lacked the bowling strength, Roger Binny and Ravi Shastri stepped up, claiming crucial wickets. The standout performance, however, came from the Indian fielders, whose brilliant efforts led to four run-outs, helping India clinch the trophy.



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Bangladesh's Near-Miss, Asia Cup 2012 Final

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2012 saw an underdog Bangladeshi team astonish everyone by reaching the finals. Their spinners shackled Pakistan to a modest 236. However, while Bangladesh's chase seemed promising, a twist was introduced by Umar Gul, taking the pivotal wicket of Tamim Iqbal. Despite being favourites with 23 runs needed from 18 balls, Bangladesh fell short by a mere 2 runs.

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