Highest Impact Player of the match

Shikhar Dhawan (7.25)

Highest Impact Batsman

Shikhar Dhawan (7.25)

Highest Impact Bowler

R Ashwin (2.77)

Highest Impact Player (Bangladesh)

Mahmudullah (4.54)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Jasprit Bumrah (1.48)

Highest Pressure Impact (Batsman)

Shikhar Dhawan & Virat Kohli (0.40)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Mahmudullah (1.35)

Shikhar Dhawan emerged as the highest impact batsman and player in the final of the Asia Cup Twenty20 International (T20I) played between Bangladesh and India in Mirpur on Sunday (6 March).

This was Dhawan’s first tournament-defining performance in the T20 format as he scored 60 runs off 44 balls to shepherd India’s chase. The early loss of Rohit Sharma (India were 5 for 1) meant that both Dhawan and Virat Kohli batted under pressure ( Pressure Impact ). Kohli played a great support role to stay till the end and as a result had the highest Partnership-Building Impact in the match. This was Kohli’s first tournament-defining performance in the T20 format as well. This performance also means that Kohli is now the highest impact batsman in T20I history so far (minimum: 15 T20Is).

Surprisingly, the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award went to Sabbir Rahman, who finished as the highest run-scorer in the tournament. Kohli though scored a higher proportion of runs in context to the match than Sabbir and absorbed more pressure than him in the tournament apart from producing a tournament-defining performance in the final. Kohli, therefore, should have been rightfully given the award.

Jasprit Bumrah emerged as the second-highest impact bowler of the match but had the highest Economy Impact amongst all the bowlers for his figures of 1-13 off 3 overs. Ashwin had almost identical figures (1-14 off 3 overs) to that of Bumrah but had a marginally higher impact as his dismissal of Shakib Al Hasan broke an established partnership of 34 runs for the third wicket ( Partnership-Breaking Impact ). Bumrah meanwhile emerged as the highest impact bowler of the Asia Cup and didn’t fail in even a single game.

Mahmudullah emerged as the highest Strike Rate Impact batsman of the match and as the highest impact player for Bangladesh for his unbeaten 33 off only 13 balls. Conventionally, MS Dhoni (20 runs off 6 balls) had a higher strike rate than Mahmudullah but the latter emerges as a higher Strike Rate Impact batsman as he maintained his high scoring rate for more number of balls. Mahmudullah was also the highest Strike Rate Impact batsman of the tournament.

Dhoni’s triple role of being a wicket-keeper, captain and a batsman also meant that he provided a tournament-defining performance in the final. Overall, three Indians provided a tournament-defining performance - Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

Five Bangladeshi batsman had a negative Strike Rate Impact (scoring runs at a rate less than the match norm) in the match. India, in comparison, had only one such batsman.

Seven Indian players had a Match Impact of more than 1. Bangladesh, in comparison, had only four such players.



Soham Sarkhel