Asia Cup 2016 Final is over and Indian Cricket Team has lifted the Trophy for the record Sixth Time. However, this Asia Cup was completely different than others in all aspects. The organizer ACC (Asia Cricket Council) can take a bow to organize the Asia Cup in T20 Format. Even though the format was introduced for enough practice before the World T20 but the Asia Cup 2016 has set the trend that may force the organizer to organize T20 Asia Cup in future. This Asia Cup was completely different and the Asia Cup Final yesterday was the perfect showdown to it. Here are the reasons why it should be treated as one of the best tournaments in recent times.
Asia Cup 2016 – Balanced Combination
There was a time when it was almost certain that India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, either of the three will win the Trophy. Well, till the last match, Bangladesh kept their hopes alive and they ensured that the Asia Cup 2016 is no longer a Three Way Contest. Even UAE showed enough courage against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. They put Pakistan in trouble before the brilliance of Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal knocked them down.
Asia Cup 2016 – New Rivalry
The world knows about India vs Pakistan excitement. It was nothing different in this Asia Cup as well. However, the home crowd of Bangladesh ensured that they take on every team. Well, the rivalry with Pakistan and India went into another stage. It is true that in some cases they went too far but healthy competition is always welcome. They defeated Pakistan and it was not a cake walk for India either in the Asia Cup Final. But the India vs Bangladesh has started new rivalry in the world of cricket and that can be very interesting for the cricket fans. The TRP of yesterday’s match shows, those people who were detaching from Cricket came back to cheer their team.
Overall, it was a game on for the Asia Cup 2016 and a perfect curtain raiser for the World T20.