Most wickets in Asia Cup:

wickets in asia cup

Asia Cup is a cricket tournament in which teams from Asia participate for the continental championship. Started in 1984, it has been played 15 times so far. India were the inaugural champions as well as the most successful side in the history of the competition.

So far, only India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have managed to win the Asia Cup titles. While India have won it 7 times, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have lifted the trophy 6 and 2 times respectively. Sri Lanka are the reigning champions, having won the previous edition played in 2022 by beat Pakistan in the final.

Most wickets in Asia Cup:

Most wickets in 1984 Asia Cup:

In the inaugural edition of Asia Cup, former India allrounder Ravi Shastri topped the wicket-taking charts. He picked up 4 wickets in 2 games.

Ravi Shastri224173.1113.253/4025.500
Madan Lal223142.2810.663/112800
Arjuna Ranatunga213103.812.663/382000
Chetan Sharma223152.6613.333/223000
Roger Binny22316.43.4819.333/3333.300

Most wickets in 1986 Asia Cup:

In the second edition, former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker. He picked up an impressive 9 wickets from 3 games.

Abdul Qadir33924.22.917.883/1516.200
Kaushik Amalean337253.64134/4621.410
Ravi Ratnayeke337264.7317.573/3222.2200
Wasim Akram33422.22.5914.54/1933.510
Manzoor Elahi334233.0417.53/2234.500
Arjuna Ranatunga33427320.252/1740.500
Zakir Khan334195.124.253/3428.500

Most wickets in 1988 Asia Cup:

In 1988 Asia Cup, Arshad Ayub was the highest wicket-taker. He also became the first player to pick up a 5-wicket haul in the continental championship as he finished his campaign with 9 wickets from 4 games.

Arshad Ayub4493613.333.335/2101
Kapila Wijegunawardene4483216.54.124/4910
Ravi Ratnayeke4473418.853.884/2310
Kapil Dev44628.216.53.492/1600
Abdul Qadir33626173.923/2700

Most wickets in 1990/91 Asia Cup:

In the 1990/91 edition of the tournament, former India skipper Kapil Dev finished the competition as the highest wicket-taker. The World Cup-winning skipper finished the tournament with 9 wickets to his name.

Kapil Dev33926.210.663.644/3110
Atul Wassan3352720.83.853/2800
Rumesh Ratnayake22414.514.53.913/2400
Sanath Jayasuriya3332030.334.552/3900

Most wickets in 1995 Asia Cup:

Former India spinner and skipper Anil Kumble was the highest wicket-taker in the 1995 Asia Cup. The legendary spinner finished the tournament with 7 wickets.

Anil Kumble447363.8619.852/2320.500
Venkatesh Prasad33628418.663/3719.500
Aaqib Javed225192.529.65/193001
Saiful Islam335224.54204/3619.210
Muttiah Muralitharan33528.23.9122.24/2326.410

Most wickets in 1997 Asia Cup:

Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad finished the 1997 edition of the Asia Cup as the bowler with asia cup most wickets. He picked up 7 wickets in 4 games.

Venkatesh Prasad447246.07174/1720.510
Saqlain Mushtaq32619.36.5312.665/3819.501
Sanath Jayasuriya436306.2724.54/493010
Robin Singh435166.113.63/1319.200
Chaminda Vaas335227.5719.42/3226.400

Most wickets in 2000 Asia Cup:

Former Pakistan allrounder Abdul Razzaq had most wickets in the 2000 Asia Cup. The Pakistan great finished his campaign in the tournament with 8 wickets from 3 games.

Abdul Razzaq33819.23.829.254/2914.510
Azhar Mahmood445303.5321.23/243600
Ajit Agarkar335304.6327.82/473600
Arshad Khan445383.68282/4245.600
Wasim Akram334204.0520.252/383000

Most wickets in 2004 Asia Cup:

Former India allrounder Irfan Pathan was the highest wicket-taker in the 2004 edition of the Asia Cup. He finished the competition with a record 14 wickets to his name.

Irfan Pathan614
Sachin Tendulkar612
Nuwan Zoysa510
Shoaib Malik59
Mohammad Sami58

Most wickets in 2008 Asia Cup:

Former Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis was the highest wicket-taker in the 2008 edition of the continental championship. The mystery spinner picked up 17 wickets in 5 innings with the help of 2 five-wicket hauls including one in the final against India.

Ajantha Mendis517145426/133.458.522
Muthiah Muralidaran511184485/313.8316.721
Sohail Tanvir510241425/485.7324.11
Iftikhar Anjum5921043.43/514.823.330
RP Singh57239433/675.5534.140
Abdur Razzak5724746.23/205.3335.280

Most wickets in 2010 Asia Cup:

Former Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga was the highest wicket-taker in the 2010 edition of the Asia Cup. The legendary pacer finished the tournament with 9 wickets in 3 matches with the help of 1 five wicket haul.

Lasith Malinga328.295/34144.4418.801
Ashish Nehra32264/40215.722210
Zaheer Khan429.362/3624.665.0129.500
Praveen Kumar43463/53254.413400
Farveez Maharoof32455/4227.25.6628.801

Most wickets in 2012 Asia Cup:

In 2012, Umar Gul finished the Asia Cup as the highest wicket-taker. The former Pakistan pace spearhead picked up 9 wickets in 4 matches.

Umar Gul4920823.111243/585.7780
Saeed Ajmal4816120.12528.253/274.2740
Aizaz Cheema4819624.524.754/435.9391
Abdur Razzak4615425.667402/263.850
Mashrafe Mortaza4617729.539.8332/444.4440

Most wickets in 2014 Asia Cup:

Lasith Malinga along with Saeed Ajmal topped the wicket-taking charts in the 2014 Asia Cup. Both the former cricketers picked up 11 wickets.

Lasith Malinga41134.51895.4217.185/5202
Saeed Ajmal511492024.1218.363/2600
Ajantha Mendis39261264.84144/6010
Ravichandran Ashwin4939.41674.2118.553/3100
Mohammed Shami4937.22306.1625.554/5010

Most wickets in 2016 Asia Cup:

United Arab Emirates’ Amjad Javed scripted history in the 2016 edition of the Asia Cup. He became the first bowler from UAE to finish Asia Cup as the highest wicket-taker. Javed picked up 12 wickets, followed by Bangladesh’s Al-Amin Hossain and Mohammad Naveed who picked up 11 wickets each.

Amjad Javed7123/2514.087.3411.512/300
Al-Amin Hossain5113/2512.187.969.112/300
Mohammad Naveed7113/1413.185.241512/300
Mohammad Amir473/1811.575.0613.712/300
Nuwan Kulasekara473/1013.576.3312.812/300

Most wickets in 2018 Asia Cup:

Rashid Khan became the first bowler from Afghanistan to finish the Asia Cup campaign with most wickets. In the 2018 edition, the star leg-spinner picked up 10 wickets. Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman and India’s Kuldeep Yadav also picked up 10 wickets each.

Rashid Khan5102/143/463.72
Mustafizur Rahman510424/454.4
Kuldeep Yadav510583/454.08
Jasprit Bumrah4834.53/373.67
Ravindra Jadeja47354/294.45

Most wickets in 2022 Asia Cup:

In 2022 Asia Cup, India fast-bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up the most wickets in the tournament. The right-arm pacer finished the competition with 11 wickets.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar511115195/46.0510.451
Wanindu Hasaranga69170233/217.3918.880
Mohammad Nawaz6811018.43/55.8913.750
Shadab Khan5811318.44/86.0514.120
Haris Rauf68153203/297.6519.120

Most wickets in Asia Cup 2023:

(The list will be updated when Asia Cup 2023 gets underway.)

Here is the list of year-wise highest wicket-taker in Asia Cup:

1stRavi ShastriIndia
2ndAbdul QadirPakistan
3rdArshad AyubIndia
4thKapil DevIndia
5thAnil KumbleIndia
6thVenkatesh PrasadIndia
7thAbdul RazzaqPakistan
8thIrfan PathanIndia
9thAjantha MendisSri Lanka
10thLasith MalingaSri Lanka
11thUmar GulPakistan
12thLasith Malinga, Saeed AjmalSri Lanka, Pakistan
13thAl-Amin HossainBangladesh
14thRashid Khan, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep YadavAfghanistan, Bangladesh, India
15thBhuvneshwar KumarIndia

Here is a list showing bowlers with most Asia Cup wickets (ODI format):

Muttiah MuralitharanSri Lanka24305/3128.833.754611
Lasith MalingaSri Lanka14295/3420.554.6526.513
Ajantha MendisSri Lanka8266/1310.423.9815.622
Saeed AjmalPakistan12253/2619.44.2127.600
Chaminda VaasSri Lanka19233/3027.784.1939.700
Irfan PathanIndia12224/3227.55.5429.710
Sanath JayasuriyaSri Lanka25224/4930.314.4840.510
Abdur RazzakBangladesh18223/1736.184.6746.400
Ravindra JadejaIndia14194/2926.574.3436.620
Shakib Al HasanBangladesh13194/4232.734.8740.310
Mashrafe MortazaBangladesh19182/2548.225.6950.800
Abdul QadirPakistan8173/1514.763.6224.400
Sachin TendulkarIndia23173/2121.414.7626.900
Wasim AkramPakistan12164/1918.563.2234.510
Abdul RazzaqPakistan11164/2920.184.2828.210
Kapil DevIndia7154/31133.5621.810
Ravi RatnayekeSri Lanka9154/23214.3129.210
Nuwan ZoysaSri Lanka8143/2919.784.0129.500
Ravichandran AshwinIndia7143/3122.714.6329.400
Umar GulPakistan11143/5835.355.836.500

Here is a list showing bowlers with most Asia Cup wickets (T20I format):

PlayerWicketsInningsBBI4-WKT HAUL
Bhuvneshwar Kumar1364/52
Amjad Javed12725/30
Al-Amin Hossain11525/30
Mohammad Naveed11714/30
Hardik Pandya1188/30
Rashid Khan11822/30
Hasaranga de Silva9621/30
Shadab Khan858/41
Haris Rauf8629/30
Mohammad Nawaz885/30
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