We look at six players who are expected to shine for their country at the 2023 Asia Cup in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Babar Azam of Pakistan (MRF Tyres ODI Batting Ranking: 1)

The Pakistan captain frequently saves his best performances for the biggest stage, and it would not be surprising if the champion right-hander added to his 18 ODI centuries during the Asia Cup.

Babar leads the MRF Tyres ODI Batting Rankings by a huge margin, and opposition teams will be vying for his wicket the most when they face Pakistan.

The 28-year-old has two half-centuries in his last two ODIs, scoring 53 and 60 against Afghanistan in a three-game series, and this could be just the appetizer for what he brings to the Asia Cup.

Jasprit Bumrah (India) (MRF Tyres ODI Bowler Ranking: 32)

Everyone in the cricket world is relieved to see the India quick return from injury, and it appears that the pace spearhead has not lost any of the magic that helped him become one of the world’s most feared fast bowlers.

In his long-awaited return from injury, Bumrah collected consecutive two-wicket hauls against Ireland in Dublin, and more is expected of the 29-year-old in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

While Bumrah is one of the best new-ball bowlers in the world, his versatility to make an impact in the middle and late overs makes him an extremely valuable commodity for India captain Rohit Sharma.

Gulshan Jha of Nepal (MRF Tyres ODI All-rounder Ranking: 105)

During the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier event, the teenager showed some excellent signs with both bat and ball and should not be underestimated heading into this major tournament.

Gulshan’s natural game is to attack, and his quickfire half-century against Ireland in the World Cup Qualifier demonstrated that the left-hander can score plenty of lower-order runs.

Gulshan will also be asked to keep the scoring rate low during the middle overs of opposing innings, and the right-arm seamer usually picks up a wicket or two and is a player of immense talent who could shine at the Asia Cup.

Taskin Ahmed (MRF Tyres ODI Bowler Ranking: 44) of Bangladesh

With fellow quick Ebadot Hossain ruled out due to injury, Bangladesh will rely on Taskin Ahmed to carry the majority of their fast-bowling load.

And, based on recent form, we can expect Taskin to rise to the occasion, as the lion-hearted quick consistently performs admirably when called upon.

Taskin bowled consistently for Bangladesh during their recent tour of Afghanistan, and the 28-year-old picked up five wickets in his two most recent franchise appearances in Zimbabwe.

Rashid Khan (MRF Tyres ODI Bowler Ranking: 4) for Afghanistan