At the Asia Cup, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have the power to change history. On Saturday, India will play Pakistan in the opening game of the Asia Cup.
The Asia Cup has served as the ideal lead-up to World Cups for the past two seasons because of the history and importance linked to it. This year, it is offering India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan the ideal exposure before the ODI World Cup. It was just before the T20 World Cup last year. The nearest World Cup, for those who are unaware, determines the format for the Asia Cup. Team India will play its entire Asia Cup campaign in Sri Lanka, despite Pakistan serving as a co-host of the championship match. Invasion of Pakistan officially starts. Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, and Virat Kohli, who served as captain before him, are both motivated to rewrite history during the competition.
If Kohli hopes to surpass Steve Smith as the all-time leader in ODI runs at the Asia Cup this year, he will need to nearly treble his current total. Sanath Jayasuriya, a legendary cricketer from Sri Lanka, has scored the most runs in the competition’s history. The legendary Sri Lankan batsman scored 1,220 runs in 25 One-Day Internationals. A second Sri Lankan legend, Kumar Sangakkara, comes after Jayasuriya. The list continues with Sachin Tendulkar, who amassed 971 runs in 23 ODIs at the Asia Cup, after the two Sri Lankan legends.
Tendulkar is the most effective Indian batter in ODI cricket in the Asia Cup. Tendulkar is only 226 runs ahead of Rohit Sharma, the India captain. At the Asia Cup, Rohit has 745 runs in 22 ODIs. The 36-year-old is the fifth-highest run scorer in Asia Cup history. The Hitman may surpass Tendulkar by becoming the all-time highest scorer for India in the continental competition with a strong performance for Rohit in Sri Lanka. Also approaching 10,000 runs is India’s captain across all formats. In 244 ODIs, the veteran hitter has 9,837 runs scored for India. India will be led by Rohit against Pakistan on Saturday in their season opener.