The Asia Cup of 2022 is arriving soon. This time, the tournament will be held after a span of four years. The Asia Cup usually happens in the span of 2 years and was originally scheduled to happen in 2020. But due to COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was postponed to next year. However, the tournament was further postponed in 2021 due to a tight schedule of teams.
Finally, in 2022, it was announced that the Asia Cup will take place in Sri Lanka in the T20 format. However, the hosts, Sri Lanka, announced their inability to conduct the tournament owing to economic and political tensions in the country. Finally a few days back it was confirmed that Asia Cup 2022 will happen in UAE.
Thus, with all the doubts and discussions regarding the tournament settled, let's focus on the game. In this article, we will give our top 5 predictions regarding the upcoming Asia Cup 2022.
The participating countries in Asia Cup 2022 are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, with one team qualifying from Hong Kong, Kuwait, and UAE. Considering all the teams, no doubt they all have the quality to offer, but when it comes to choosing the finalist, we feel it will be two of the biggest cricket-loving nations in the world. We predict India vs Pakistan finals in Asia Cup 2022.
2. Highest run-getter in the tournament
All the teams have good batters among them. But we feel this Asia Cup will belong to Virat Kohli. The former Indian captain is due for a big one for a long time. Virat Kohli is struggling with form, be it in any format. But Kohli is a quality player and knows how to get back into rhythm and form. If he gets started against the Men in Green, then he will be unstoppable and might end up being the highest run-getter of the Asia Cup 2022.
3. Highest wicket taker of Asia Cup
As they say in cricket, bowlers win you matches. Coming into the bowling, Pakistan and India look like the teams having the most potent and dangerous attack of this tournament. For the highest wicket-taker tag, we feel there is a 2 man battle between India's Jasprit Bumrah and Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi. But owing to Shaheen Afridi's skills at swinging the ball both ways, especially to right-handers, he might just surpass Jasprit Bumrah for the highest wicket-taker honours.
4. Player of the Tournament
Predicting the Player of the Tournament is always a tough task. But in this year's Asia Cup, after seeing through squads, it seems Hardik Pandya will have a crucial role in the tournament. The all-rounder can change the match in any situation with the bat and also with the ball.
5. Winners of the Asia Cup 2022
The Indian team might again turn out to be the Champions of Asia owing to their terrific form and depth in their squad. The Indian team, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, looks all set to clinch their 8th Asia Cup title.