In the annals of Indian cricket, the luminary spinner Ravindra Jadeja has ascended to a zenith hitherto uncharted, eclipsing the formidable Irfan Pathan to stake his claim as the preeminent wicket-taker in the storied annals of India’s ODI performance on the grand stage of the Asia Cup.
Jadeja, in an exhibition of his unparalleled prowess, etched his name in the annals of cricketing history during a scintillating showdown in the Super Four stage, set against the backdrop of the venerable R. Premadasa Stadium on an illustrious Tuesday. The virtuoso left-arm spinner, in a virtuoso performance, seized two pivotal wickets while conceding a mere 33 runs in a riveting contest. His tally of 24 wickets in a commanding span of 18 innings now stands as a monument to his brilliance, eclipsing the erstwhile record held by Irfan Pathan, who notched up 22 scalps across 12 innings.
Kuldeep Yadav, an emerging maestro of the bowling art, is also in hot pursuit, boasting an impressive count of 19 wickets meticulously collected over nine innings. In the grand tapestry of the Asia Cup, Jadeja ascends to the rank of the fifth-highest wicket-taker, trailing the effervescent Muthiah Muralidaran, who reigns supreme with a staggering 30 scalps artfully earned across 24 innings of relentless toil.
The Indian bowling brigade, in a stunning collective effort, brought an emphatic end to Sri Lanka’s seemingly impervious 13-match unbeaten streak in the ODI format. Their masterful orchestration culminated in a resounding victory, securing their berth in the coveted final of the Asia Cup 2023, all with a match to spare. The home team, Sri Lanka, found themselves shackled and stifled, succumbing at a meager 172 runs while pursuing a modest target, amidst the hallowed precincts of the R. Premadasa Stadium on that fateful Tuesday.
While the narrative of this showdown was indelibly etched by the spinners from both camps, the pacers, too, scripted their own passages of valor in India’s 41-run triumph over their co-hosts.
In the earlier phase of this gripping tussle, the formidable duo of Belligerent Dunith Wellalage and Charith Asalanka launched a scathing assault on India’s top-order bastion, precipitating a cataclysmic collapse that saw the Men in Blue crumble at a paltry 213 runs.
The prodigious prodigy, Wellalage, etched his name in the pantheon of cricketing folklore, etching his maiden 5-wicket haul, an astounding feat that saw him singlehandedly dismantle an imposing Indian batting lineup. The prized scalps of luminaries like Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Hardik Pandya adorned his trophy cabinet.”