The United Arab Emirates has been a hub of cricket for a long time. The infrastructure there is world-class and it even has an academy run by the cricket governing body there. The UAE has been host to the Indian T20 League on two occasions as well in 2014 and 2020 in full capacity.
The Asia Cup began in 1984 in the Middle East. This was because the office of the Asian Cricket Council was based in the UAE. Here we take a look at three instances when India won the Asia Cup in UAE.
1. Asia Cup 1984
The first edition of the Rothmans Asia Cup was held in 1984 in Sharjah in the UAE. The Men in Blue emerged victorious in the championship for the first time under the captaincy of Sunil Gavaskar. Only three teams featured in that tournament, India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
India locked horns against Sri Lanka in the final and won the trophy for the very first time. They won both their matches, got eight points, were table toppers, and were later crowned champions. Surinder Khanna had a memorable run in that edition as he made 107 runs and was named the “Player of the Tournament”.