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List of player of tournament in asia cup history

A Player of the Tournament has been awarded due to the player’s extraordinary dominance throughout the tournament. Here, we are going through all the Player of the Tournament in the Asia Cup history.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 31.08.2023
List of player of tournament in asia cup history

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While cricket is a complete team game, almost every player carries certain roles successfully to guide the team to lift a trophy. 

But a Player of the Tournament still has been awarded due to the player’s extraordinary dominance throughout the tournament. 

Here, we are going through all the Player of the Tournaments in the Asia Cup history (including ODI and T20I formats).

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Article Contents

  • List of the Player of the tournaments

  • Specials in Player of the Tournaments

                 >> First player to win the award

                 >> Win the awards multiple times

                 >> Asia Cup without a Player of the Tournament award

                 >> Wicketkeeper to win the award

                 >> Captain to win the award

                 >> Specialist bowler to win the award

                 >> Win the award without playing a Final

Asia Cup: Player of the Tournaments


Year

Format

Player (Team)

Performance Details

1984

ODI

Surinder Khanna

 (India)

107 runs

1986

ODI

Arjuna Ranatunga (Sri Lanka)

105 runs & 4 wickets

1988

ODI

Navjot Sidhu (India)

179 runs

1990/1991

ODI

1995

ODI

Navjot Sidhu

 (India)

197 runs

1997

ODI

Arjuna Ranatunga

 (Sri Lanka)

272 runs

2000

ODI

Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan)

295 runs

2004

ODI

Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

293 runs & 4 wickets

2008

ODI

Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)

17 wickets

2010

ODI

Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

265 runs & 3 wickets

2012

ODI

Shakib Al Hasan

 (Bangladesh)

237 runs & 6 wickets

2014

ODI

Lahiru Thirimanne (Sri Lanka)

279 runs

2016

T20I

Sabbir Rahman (Bangladesh)

176 runs

2018

ODI

Shikhar Dhawan (India)

342 runs

2022

T20I

Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

66 runs & 9 wickets

(Updated till Asia Cup 2022)


Asia Cup: Specials in Player of the Tournaments


The first player to win the award

  • Indian cricketer Surinder Khanna was the first cricketer to win a Player of the Tournament award in Asia Cup history (Asia Cup 1984).

  • Bangladesh cricketer Sabbir Rahman was the first cricketer to win a Player of the Tournament award in the T20 Asia Cup history (Asia Cup 2016).


Win the awards multiple times

  • Only Indian cricketer Navjot Sidhu (1988 and 1995), and Sri Lankan cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga (1986 and 1997) won the Asia Cup Player of the Tournaments twice each.


Asia Cup without a Player of the Tournament award

  • Only during the Asia Cup 1990/1991, no Player of the Tournament was awarded.


Also Read | Asia Cup ODI Format Champions And Runners-Up


Wicketkeeper to win the award

  • Indian cricketer Surinder Khanna is the only wicketkeeper to win a Player of the Tournament award in Asia Cup history (Asia Cup 1984).


Captain to win the award

  • Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga is the only captain to win a Player of the Tournament award in Asia Cup history (Asia Cup 1997).


Specialist bowler to win the award

  • Sri Lankan offspinner Ajantha Mendis is the only specialist bowler to win a Player of the Tournament award in Asia Cup history (Asia Cup 2008).


Win the award without playing a Final

  • Except for the first edition (1984), all the Asia Cup tournaments had a Final match. Since the introduction of the Asia Cup Final, Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi (Asia Cup 2010) is the only cricketer to win a Player of the Tournament without appearing in the Final.  

 

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