India’s Ravindra Jadeja and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan are within touching distance of becoming the leading wicket-taker in the history of the Asia Cup.
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga is currently on top of the tree with 33 scalps from 15 matches at an economy rate of 4.70. Having already retired from all forms of cricket, Malinga won’t have a chance to add to his tally. However, Jadeja and Shakib have a chance to topple the Sri Lankan legend.
Shakib is currently fifth in the list of leading wicket-takers in the Asia Cup. The Bangladesh skipper has picked up 24 wickets from 18 matches at an economy rate of 5.05 with one four-wicket haul to show for his efforts.
Shakib, who recently replaced Mahmudullah as Bangladesh’s T20I skipper, has to pick 10 wickets in the tournament to surpass Malinga. The Magura-born all-rounder recently became the first cricketer to score 2000 runs and get 100 wickets in the T20 format.
Jadeja, on the other hand, has 22 Asia Cup wickets to his name and needs to take 12 wickets. Jadeja is currently eighth on the list below former Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Mortaza.
India’s campaign in the Asia Cup 2022 is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, August 28 with their match against Babar Azam’s Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Shakib and Co, in the meantime, will start their campaign on August 30 against Afghanistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. While India have won the Asia Cup seven times, Bangladesh are yet to get their hands on the trophy.