Rohit Sharma will lead India in the Asia Cup 2023 final against Sri Lanka, scheduled to take place at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, September 17. India is aiming for their seventh Asia Cup title in the ODI format and eighth overall, with their previous victory coming in the 2016 T20I edition. Rohit has had a noteworthy performance in the ongoing Asia Cup leading up to the final.
Across five matches, he has accumulated 194 runs with an average of 48.50 and a strike rate of 107.78. However, his Asia Cup 2023 campaign began disappointingly when he was bowled for 11 by Shaheen Afridi in the team’s opening group match.
Rohit Sharma has been leading India in the Asia Cup 2023 and is set to captain the team in the final against Sri Lanka. He has performed well in the tournament with impressive batting, including three half-centuries, heading into the final match.
Rohit Sharma’s performance in Asia Cup finals
Rohit Sharma has participated in four Asia Cup finals. Sri Lanka convincingly defeated India by a margin of 100 runs in that final. Sri Lanka batted first and set a target of 273, with Sanath Jayasuriya scoring 125 off 114 balls. In the 2008 Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka, India struggled to reach a total of 173 runs in their chase, primarily due to the exceptional performance of mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis, who claimed 6 wickets for just 13 runs.
Moving on to the 2010 Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, Rohit contributed with a valuable 41 runs from 52 balls as India posted a total of 268/6 while batting first. Dinesh Karthik was the top-scorer with 66 runs from 48 deliveries. India went on to win by 81 runs as Ashish Nehra took 4 wickets for 40 runs, bowling out Sri Lanka for 187.
In the 2016 T20 Asia Cup final against Bangladesh in Mirpur, Rohit played a part in India’s victory as they chased down a target of 121 runs. He scored 1 run from 5 balls but India’s strong batting lineup, featuring Shikhar Dhawan (60 off 44), Virat Kohli (41* off 28), and captain MS Dhoni (20* off 6), secured an eight-wicket win in just 13.5 overs.
In the 2018 Asia Cup, with Virat Kohli being rested, Rohit Sharma assumed the role of captain and guided the Indian team to a championship victory. India faced Bangladesh in the final match held in Dubai, and they clinched a thrilling victory by a margin of three wickets. Rohit Sharma’s crucial 48 runs off 55 balls helped India secure a thrilling last-ball victory while chasing a target of 223 in the 2018 Asia Cup final against Bangladesh.