Pakistan is one of the most competitive and strongest teams on the Asian continent and has produced some exceptional players over the years. The Pakistani team has had some great success in the Asia Cup, having won the trophy twice so far. In the subsequent article, we list some of the Pakistani batters to score the most fifties in the Asia Cup as well as their contributions to Pakistan’s success in the tournament’s history.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, a tall and bulky right-handed batter from Multan, Punjab, is the first to feature on the list. Inzamam played in 15 Asia Cup games from 1995 to 2004 and scored 591 runs at an outstanding average of 59.10. He got six fifties under his name during his Asia Cup career.
2. Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik is best remembered for his calm and composed nature on the field, as well as his versatility as a player. From 2000 to 2018, Malik featured in 17 games for Pakistan in the Asia Cup and scored 786 runs at an incredible average of 65.50. He hit six fifties in the Asia Cup, which included three centuries.
3. Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal was a right-handed middle-order wicketkeeper batter from Lahore, Punjab. Akmal first featured in the Asia Cup in 2010 and played in a total of 12 games for Pakistan in the Asia Cup until 2014. He amassed over 500 runs at an average of 51, with five fifties to his name.
Misbah-ul-Haq, one of Pakistan’s finest and most organized captains, comes next on the list. In 2008, Misbah featured in the Asia Cup for the first time. Misbah played 14 matches for Pakistan in the Asia Cup until 2014 and scored 419 runs at an average of 46.55, with five fifties to his name.
5. Younis Khan
Younis Khan, one of Pakistan’s most trusted middle-order batters, is next on the list. In 2004, Younis played for Pakistan in the Asia Cup for the first time. He played in 14 games and scored 546 runs in 13 innings at an average of 49.63. During his Asia Cup career, he recorded five fifties.
6. Nasir Jamshed
Next on the list is Nasir Jamshed, a left-handed opening batter from Lahore, Punjab. Jamshed featured in three Asia Cup editions (2008, 2010, and 2012) for Pakistan and played in six matches. He scored 298 runs at an impressive average of 74.50 with four fifties to his name, including a hundred.
7. Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez was a right-handed batter and a right-arm off-spin bowler. Hafeez featured in two Asia Cups (2012 and 2014) for Pakistan and played in nine matches. In nine innings, he scored 403 runs at an average of 44.77, with four fifties to his name, including a hundred.
8. Fawad Alam
Fawad Alam is a left-handed top-order batter from Karachi. In the 2008 edition of the Asia Cup, Fawad made his Asia Cup debut. Until 2014, he played four matches for Pakistan in the Asia Cup and scored 251 runs in three innings. He has three fifties to his name, which also includes a century.
Next, we have Imam-ul-Haq, a left-handed opening batter from Lahore, and Pakistan veteran, Inzamam-ul-Haq’s nephew. Imam has featured in only one Asia Cup so far, i.e., in 2018, and played in five matches. In five innings, he scored 225 runs at an average of 56.25, with three fifties to his name.
10. Mohammad Yousuf
At number ten, we have one of Pakistan’s finest and most successful batters, Mohammad Yousuf. Yousuf was a right-handed batter from Lahore who first featured in the Asia Cup in 2000. He played in 14 Asia Cup matches until 2008 and scored 490 runs at an average of 54.44 with three fifties to his name.