Today we bring you the Cricketers who picked the most wickets in Asia Cup 1995. The Pepsi Asia Cup was played during April 5–14, 1995 in United Arab Emirates, with four teams participating, teams were in one group and round robin matches would decide the top 2 who would go on to play the the tournament final. India & Sri Lanka played the tournament final with India winning their fourth Asia Cup title. Batting Maestro Sachin Tendulkar led the batting cards of the tournament edition. Here we detail the bowlers who grabbed the most wickets in Asia Cup 1995.
The Sri Lankan Off-spinner would go on to become one of the most successful bowlers in international cricket. Muttiah Muralitharan would pick 5 wickets from the three matches he played in the ACC Asia Cup 1995 at an average of 22.20. With these wickets, Murali featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 1995. His best was 4/23 against Bangladesh on April 6 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Sri Lanka had batted first and scored 233 with Arjuna Ranatunga’s 71 & Sanath Jayasuriya‘s 51. Saiful Islam took 4/36. Bangladesh, in reply, were bowled out for 126. Murali took 4 while Janak Gamage took 2.
4. Saiful Islam (Bangladesh)
The Bangladesh Right-Arm Medium Bowler Mohammad Saiful Islam Khan would go on to pick 6 wickets from the three matches he played in the ACC Asia Cup 1995 at an average of 20. With these wickets, Islam featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 1995. His best was 4/36 against Sri Lanka in a match which saw Sri Lanka winning by 107 runs. Muralitharan took 4 for his team.
3. Aaqib Javed (Pakistan)
The Pakistani Medium Pace bowler would go on to take 5 wickets from the two matches he played at an outstanding average of 9.6. With these wickets, Aaqib Javed featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 1995. His best was 5/19 against arch-rivals India on April 7, in the 3rd Match of the tournament. Batting first, Pakistan made 266/9 with Inzamam-ul-Haq’s 88 & Wasim Akram’s 50. India were bowled out for 169 despite Navjot Sidhu‘s 54 & Sanjay Manjrekar’s 50 handing Pakistan a 97 runs win.
2. Venkatesh Prasad (India)
The Indian medium pace bowler Bapu Krishnarao Venkatesh Prasad would pick 6 wickets from the three matches he played in the ACC Asia Cup 1995 at an average of 18.66. With these wickets, Prasad featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 1995. His best was 3/37 against Sri Lanka on April 9 in the 5th Match, as Indians stopped the Sri Lanka team to 202/9 while bowling first. Javagal Srinath took 2 while Manoj Prabhakar & Anil Kumble took a wicket each. India won the match by 8 wickets as Sachin Tendulkar scored 112 not out in this chase, the only century of the tournament edition.
1. Anil Kumble (India)
The Indian Leg Spinner would pick 7 wickets from the four matches he played in the ACC Asia Cup 1995 at an average of 19.85. With these wickets, Kumble led the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 1995. His best was 2/23 against Bangladesh in the opening match of the tournament on April 5. Batting first, Bangladesh were bowled out for 163 with Kumble, Manoj Prabhakar & Prashant Vaidya taking two wickets each while Javagal Srinath & Utpal Chatterjee picking one each. India chased down the target with just one wicket down; Manoj Prabhakar & Navjot Sidhu both scored unbeaten half-centuries.
Only two bowlers took 4-wickets haul while one bowler took 5-wickets haul in the tournament. These were the top wicket-takers, the ones who made the top 5 list of the most wickets in Pepsi Asia Cup 1997. The four teams that participated in Asia Cup 1997 were India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, & Bangladesh. India won the tournament title under Mohammad Azharuddin’s captaincy. Hope you liked the content, don’t shy away from asking your questions, commenting about the content.
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