Asia Cup was first played in 1984 with a total of three teams. But over the years, it has increased to a six-team tournament. Top teams from the subcontinent compete in this tournament, including some big players. In the history of this tournament, some batting superstars have performed over the years.
This article is also related to some of the best batting icons that have been featured in this competition. Here we will talk about the top batters who have scored a half-century the most times in the Asia Cup. Sanath Jayasuriya holds the record for most centuries, but who holds this record for half-century? Let’s check it out.
Most Fifty in ODI Asia Cup
|Kumar Sangakkara (SL)||2004-2014||24||8||1075||121||4|
|Sachin Tendulkar (IND)||1990-2012||23||7||971||114||2|
|Mahela Jayawardene (SL)||2000-2014||28||7||674||78||0|
|Marvan Atapattu (SL)||1997-2004||13||6||642||100||1|
|Navjot Sidhu (IND)||1988-1997||14||6||530||104*||1|
|Tamim Iqbal (BAN)||2008-2018||13||6||519||70||0|
|Arjuna Ranatunga (SL)||1984-1997||19||6||741||131*||1|
|Rohit Sharma (IND)||2008-2018||22||6||745||111*||1|
|Gautam Gambhir (IND)||2008-2012||13||5||573||100||1|
5. Navjot Sidhu (IND) – 6 Half-centuries
There are six batters who have each scored six half-centuries in total. However, former Indian top-order batter Navjot Singh Sidhu has done it in the lesser innings. He played 12 innings in the Asia Cup between 1988 and 1997 and scored 530 runs at an average of 66.25 and a best of 104 not out. He also scored a century and six half-centuries in this period.
4. Marvan Atapattu (SL) – 6 Half-centuries
Former Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu also features on this list with six half-centuries. He also played 12 innings in the Asia Cup between the 1997 and 2004 editions. He scored a total of 642 runs at an average of 64.20 and a strike rate of 71.08, with a high score of exactly 100. Atapattu scored only one century but smashed six half-centuries in the tournament.
3. Mahela Jayawardene (SL) – 7 Half-centuries
Another former Sri Lankan captain is on this list. Mahela Jayawardene, who played most matches in Asia Cup history, never reached a three-figure mark. He played 28 games between the 2000 and 2014 editions and scored 674 runs at an average of 29.30. His highest score was 78 runs, and he crossed the 50-run mark for seven times in total.
2. Sachin Tendulkar (IND) – 7 Half-centuries
Next on this list is Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. There are not many batting records where he is not at the top. He has scored the joint-second-most half-centuries in the tournament’s history. Sachin has played the most matches for an Indian player. He played 25 games between 1990 and 2012 and scored 971 runs at an average of 51.10, with two centuries and seven half-centuries.
1. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) – 8 Half-centuries
No one else has crossed the 50-run mark more times than Kumar Sangakkara. The left-hander is the only one to do so more than ten times in Asia Cup history. Sangakkara played 24 matches between 2004 and 2014 and scored 1075 runs at an average of 48.86. He smashed four centuries (second-most) and 8 half-centuries with a best of 121.