List of 5 Highest Individual Scores in Asia Cup History

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The Asia Cup 2023 is all set to begin. The talks are already on about the batting talents and the highest individual scores in Asia Cup have become a part of all the Asia Cup discussions. 

Pakistan will take on Nepal in the opening match of this multinational tournament on August 30. And with the first ball, a riveting tournament will start, which will see a number of clashes among the arch-rivals like India vs. Pakistan and Pakistan vs. Afghanistan.

Speaking about India, the country has seen a number of top performances from the batters. In this article, we will take a look at the top five highest individual scores in Asia Cup, not only from India but also from the likes of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Top Five Highest Individual Scores in Asia Cup 

We will be looking back at Virat Kohli’s 183, Younis Khan’s 144, Mushfiqur Rahim’s 144, Shoaib Malik 143 and Virat Kohli’s 136 runs knock on an individual basis.

No. 1 – Virat Kohli 183 vs Pakistan (Asia Cup 2012)

Virat Kohli tops the list of highest individual scores in Asia Cup. He smashed 183 runs against Pakistan during the 2012 Asia Cup match, which was played in Mirpur, Dhaka.

  • Pakistan elected to bat first upon winning the toss.
  • Riding on the knocks of Mohammed Hafeez (105) and Nasir Jamshed (112), Pakistan posted a target of 329/6 in the allotted 50 overs.
  • In reply, Kohli came into his own, smacking a stupendous 183 off just 148 balls. 

He got full support from Rohit Sharma (68) and Sachin Tendulkar (52) as India chased down the target with more than two overs to spare, winning the match by six wickets.

No.2 – Younis Khan 144 vs Hong Kong (Asia Cup 2004)

One of the mainstays of Pakistan’s batting, Younis took an inexperienced Hong Kong attack to the sword during the Asia Cup 2004 group stage fixture at Colombo.

  • Pakistan had won the toss and opted to bat first. 
  • Shoaib Malik (118) and Younus Khan (144) shared a stand worth 223 runs for the third wicket, which ensured Pakistan managed to reach a total of 343/5.
  • In reply, Hong Kong were all out for 165, losing the match by a massive 173 runs.

No.3 – Mushfiqur Rahim 144 vs Sri Lanka (Asia Cup 2018)

Mushfiqur played one of the best knocks of that particular edition as he bailed his team out against one of the powerhouse teams—Sri Lanka.

  • Bangladesh had batted first and were struggling at 3/2 when he walked into bat, and along with Mohammad Mithun (63) they shared a stand worth 131 runs for the third wicket.
  • This helped Bangladesh reach a target of 261.
  • Sri Lanka’s famed batting line-up failed to deliver and were eventually all out for 124, losing the match by 137 runs.

No.4 – Shoaib Malik 143 vs India (Asia Cup 2004)

This one came in the India vs. Pakistan match! Pakistan had won the toss and opted to bat first, where Shoaib Malik batted India out of the match.

  • He slammed 143 runs off just 127 balls, helping Pakistan reach a target of 300/9.
  • Malik was not done as he returned to torment India with the ball, picking up two wickets as India were restricted to 241/8.

No.5 – Virat Kohli 136 vs Bangladesh (Asia Cup 2014)

Kohli scored another Asia Cup century, which came two years after his exploits against Pakistan during the 2012 Asia Cup. He is among the top 5 highest individual scores in Asia Cup, twice. 

  • In this match at Fatullah, Kohli slammed a solid 136, helping India chase down a target of 280 runs set by Bangladesh as they had batted first.
  • Kohli got great support from Ajinkya Rahane (73), as the duo shared a 213-run stand for the third wicket. 
  • India eventually chased down the target with six wickets and six balls to spare.

Final Thoughts on Highest Individual Scores in Asia Cup

The Asia Cup is a major tournament on the cricket calendar.

A top performance at this stage really helps you get noticed.

Be it Kohli in 2012 or Younis Khan in 2004, these Asia Cup knocks helped these respective players emerge on the international stage.

With the 2023 Asia Cup coming, this tournament will again provide great opportunities for youngsters to establish themselves. This could be Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and other young players from the rest of the participating teams.

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Who Has the Highest Individual score in Asia Cup 2023?

Virat Kohli’s 183 is the highest individual score in Asia Cup.

When Will the 2023 Edition of Asia Cup Be Played?

It will be played from August 30 onwards.

Where is the Asia Cup 2023 Going to Be Played?

It will be played in Sri Lanka as well as Pakistan.