Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan slammed a 78-ball 60 against Afghanistan on Wednesday to finish Asia Cup as his team's highest run-getter (192 at an average of 48). This was his second fifty in the tournament - one in which India failed to make an impact.
Dhawan's performance in the tournament has been even better than that of stand-in skipper Virat Kohli (189 runs from three innings) although the No. 3 batsman has a better average of 63. What is of concern though, is that these numbers pale when compared with stellar performances from batsmen in competing teams.
At the end of India's 8-wicket win against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara was the top-scorer with 246 runs at an average of 82. His team will play Pakistan in the final on March 8 - a side which can also boast of batsmen with massive scores. In the overall list of highest run-getters, Ahmed Shehzad (223 at an average of 55.75) and Umar Akmal (194 at an average of 97) are placed second and third respectively.
With one match left, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (191 at an average of 95.50) can hope to topple Dhawan who is currently fourth highest run-getter in the tournament. (More stats from Asia Cup)
Other renowned names in Indian batting line-up have failed to impress completely, with opener Rohit Sharma finishing Asia Cup with 108 runs at an average of 36. In fact, former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar expected India to make changes against Afghanistan and play benched players in place of non-performers. It was not to be, as the only experiment made by Kohli was reshuffling the batting order - promoting Rahane to open the innings and playing Rohit Sharma at No.3. (Sunil Gavaskar hints at favouritism in Team India)
Note: All stats till the completion of India's match against Afghanistan on Wednesday (March 5).