Asia Cup 2014

Sri Lanka, India most successful

Stats indicate that spinners will get helpful conditions to bowl at some of the best current ODI batsmen during the Asia Cup

Shiva Jayaraman

February 24, 2014

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Ajantha Mendis appeals for an lbw, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd T20, Hambantota, August 6, 2013
Ajantha Mendis' 6 for 13 against India in the 2008 Asia Cup are the best figures by a bowler in the tournament © AFP
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Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the teams that start their Asia Cup campaign on the back of some recent success. While defending champions Pakistan rode on a rare high in their batting performances to win their last ODI series with a game to spare against Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka themselves are coming off a 3-0 drubbing of the hosts, Bangladesh. They will also have the added advantage of being the most accustomed among the visiting teams to the playing conditions in the host country.

However India, in spite of the recent 4-0 loss to a lower ranked New Zealand, are a more potent side in subcontinent conditions as their spinners are far more effective here. Bangladesh can never be written off at home - a case in point being the last edition of the tournament when they punched above their weight, beating India and Sri Lanka to reach the final of the tournament. Afghanistan - who have won their last-four ODIs - are playing their first Asia Cup.

In ODIs in the last one year, India have been the team with the best win-loss ratio. Of the 32 matches they have played since last February India have won 18, for a win-loss ratio of 1.63. Sri Lanka are second in this list, with a win-loss ratio of 1.36.

There have been 11 editions of the Asia Cup with India winning the title five times, Sri Lanka four times and Pakistan twice. However, Sri Lanka have been the most successful team in the tournament in terms of win-loss ratio, having won 29 of the 43 matches they have played. India have won 24 of the 39 matches that they have played in the tournament, for a win-loss ratio of 1.71. Apart from the twin upsets that Bangladesh produced in 2011-12, they have managed to win only two matches - against UAE in 2008 and against Hong Kong in 2004.

Teams at the Asia Cup
Team Mat Won Lost NR W/L Asia Cup wins
Sri Lanka 43 29 14 0 2.07 4
India 39 24 14 1 1.71 5
Pakistan 35 21 13 1 1.61 2
Bangladesh 33 4 29 0 0.13 -
Hong Kong 4 0 4 0 0.00 -
UAE 4 0 4 0 0.00 -

Among players in the current edition of the Asia Cup, Kumar Sangakkara is the batsman with most runs in the tournament - his 827 runs have come at 48.64 with three hundreds and six fifties. India's captain for the series, Virat Kohli, is the top run-scorer for India in the tournament with 424 from seven matches, including 183 against Pakistan in their last Asia Cup match. Shahid Afridi - who is the only player with two centuries as captain in the tournament - has scored 429 runs in the series making him the highest run-scorer for Pakistan. Sri Lanka, whose top order has changed the least from the previous Asia Cups, have three batsmen among the top-five run scorers, with Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan making up the top five. Overall, seven of the eight batsmen to have scored 1000-plus ODI runs in the last one year are playing in the tournament, with Kohli leading this list with 1391 at 60.47 from 28 innings.

Leading run-scorers, Asia Cup
Batsman Inns Runs Ave SR HS 100/50
Kumar Sangakkara 18 827 48.64 81.47 121 3/6
Mahela Jayawardene 21 563 31.27 89.93 78 0/6
Shahid Afridi 16 429 35.75 135.33 124 2/0
Virat Kohli 7 424 60.57 94.85 183 2/1
Tillakaratne Dilshan 18 368 21.64 90.19 71 0/2

While the overall numbers do not indicate that spinners have done any better than fast bowlers in the tournament, the numbers fade in comparison for the fast bowlers since 2000. Their overall bowling average has increased from 28.54 before 2000, to 35.99 since then. Their economy in the tournament too, has worsened, from 4.13 before 2000 to 5.32.

Pace vs Spin, Asia Cup
Pace Spin
  Wkts Ave Eco Wkts Ave Eco
Overall 547 33.10 4.85 394 35.52 4.46
Before 2000 212 28.54 4.13 131 35.49 4.16
Since 2000 335 35.99 5.32 263 35.53 4.63

Consequently, the top three in the table of bowlers with most wickets in the tournament are spinners. Bangladesh's Abdur Razzak has taken 20 wickets, the most by any bowler from the current squads. Ajantha Mendis - who holds the record for the best bowling figures in the tournament - comes next with 17 wickets at a staggering average of 8.52 runs per wicket. Saeed Ajmal has also done well, taking 14 wickets at 20.21 from seven matches.

Leading wicket-takers, Asia Cup
Bowler Mat Wkts Ave BBI Eco 5w
Abdur Razzak 15 20 30.60 3/17 4.33 -
Ajantha Mendis 5 17 8.52 6/13 3.45 2
Saeed Ajmal 7 14 20.21 3/27 4.28 -
Lasith Malinga 8 13 24.46 5/34 4.33 1
Mashrafe Mortaza 12 12 47.66 2/37 5.86 -

Some of the best spinners in ODI cricket will be bowling in conditions that have been conducive to their style of bowling. In ODIs since 2000, spinners have averaged the least in Bangladesh, among countries to host at least 80 matches. Spinners have clearly enjoyed the conditions in Bangladesh with their economy and strike rate being the best here too.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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Posted by Lion83 on (February 27, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

India has the worst overseas record in the world unable to win a single game on last four tours to ENG,AUS, SA & NZ.

Posted by usdash on (February 26, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

@ Sandeep Albert Mathias this list only shows the players who are playing the asia cup 2014 , sachin comes at all time number 2 , with 23 matches 21 innings 971 runs at 51.10 avg ,only after sanath jayasuriya who is top scorer of all time with 25 matches 24 innings 1220 at 53.04 avg .

Posted by   on (February 26, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

What is more shocking in the stats is that SR Tendulkar, despite playing in the Indian team from the second Asia Cup is nowhere among the top run scorers? Any idea what position he comes in at?

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (February 25, 2014, 23:29 GMT)

@sidh78 i think Sri Lanka won an ODI series in Australia 2-1 and also beat England 5-0 in England. SL lost the ODI series 3-2 in SA and drew 2-2 in NZ last time they toured. Not as good as India I admit. But I dont think they have gone down 4-0 in ODIs in the last 14 years (just a hunch). I also find it funny that the series win in WI is also mentioned where india thrashes SL by 1 wicket in the finals (that match could have gone to anyone) and the series where Kholi made a hundred in Hobart where they didnt make the finals.

Posted by sidh78 on (February 25, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

@dear SL fans, SL is better than india outside SC(oversies)really? what a joke.india won CT in engaland,CB series in Aus, tri series & bi lateral series in westindies,T20 WC in SA,NestWest series in engaland, finalist in WC 2003 in SA,test series win in Eng,NZ,WI.draw series in SA,Aus in last few years.plz show me any team in SC which have such sucsess.what SL won oversies just tell me.in last 14 years SL not won a single series outside SL(not consider BD series.but there also SL strugle to win.BD team have bad luck otherwise they beat SL in 2 t20& 2 odi) india beat SL in every part of the world.in aus(remember hobart) in WI ,in ban.even india beat SL in SL in last four bi lateral series.last series india won 4-1 in SL. .but in this asia cup i think pak has most chance & second SL.because india have yong & inexperienced team.also not have dhoni raina yuvraj.without dhoni it is very tough for india becoz he is the best finisher in the world

Posted by sidh78 on (February 25, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

@dear SL fans, SL is better than india outside SC(oversies)really? what a joke.india won CT in engaland,CB series in Aus, tri series & bi lateral series in westindies,T20 WC in SA,NestWest series in engaland, finalist in WC 2003 in SA,test series win in Eng,NZ,WI.draw series in SA,Aus in last few years.plz show me any team in SC which have such sucsess.what SL won oversies just tell me.in last 14 years SL not won a single series outside SL(not consider BD series.but there also SL strugle to win.BD team have bad luck otherwise they beat SL in 2 t20& 2 odi) india beat SL in every part of the world.in aus(remember hobart) in WI ,in ban.even india beat SL in SL in last four bi lateral series.last series india won 4-1 in SL. .but in this asia cup i think pak has most chance & second SL.because india have yong & inexperienced team.also not have dhoni raina yuvraj.without dhoni it is very tough for india becoz he is the best finisher in the world

Posted by KEVINSL on (February 25, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

@sachin_equal_to_bradman :- We can watch what a nail biting game . India vs Afganistan. We have seen it in last T20 wc. Hope India will win

Posted by   on (February 25, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

and also Leading wicket-takers in Asia Cup will be soon by Ajantha Medis

Posted by   on (February 25, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

Ajantha Mendis will be pass the Umar Gul on this time.

Posted by ChandimaEranda on (February 25, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

May be this is the time that SL going to prove that they can win the finals. Not gifting the Cup at the finals as always they did in almost past decade.

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