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There is a saying that “You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation”. It Perfectly applies to cricket where the foundation of any team rests upon the excellence of its opening pair. Strong teams are believed to have impeccably solid openers.
Although openers are equally vital to a team’s cause across different formats, coping with varying challenges. But their importance in T20 format surges in the sense that they have the responsibility to optimize the utilization of Powerplay that is assumed to be deadly crucial in the shortest format of the game.
World Class opening partners from various sides will be in action in the upcoming World T20, which is scheduled to be played in UAE. Here, let’s analyze the Most Lethal Opening pairs to Watch out for in T20 World Cup 2021:
Opening pairs to watch Out For
Clinical Combo of Babar Azam & M Rizwan
Generally, the T20 format is marked to have dashing openers, who could turn the game on its head within the first 6 overs. Not particularly the scenario in the case of Rizwan & Babar. As the duo believes in tactically taking on with the game in the beginning.
An innovative approach to the shortest known format. But the numbers speak volumes on the success attained. The Rizwan-Babar combination has scored 829 runs at an impressive average of 55.29, keeping a cheque on strike rate at the same time & maintaining a healthy one of 141.
Huge hopes are pinned on the combination. Both Babar Azam & Muhammad Rizwan have thorough experience in battling out the hostile batting conditions in UAE. The success of team Pakistan in the global event revolves around the performance of their openers.
Fearsome Opening Pair: Rohit & Rahul
Indian Opening Pair, Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul, is undoubtedly one of the deadliest pairs in the limited-overs format. Both are explosive, dynamic, and very good against spinners and fast bowlers at the same time. They possess amazing ability to hit 4s and 6s regardless of the pitch conditions. Besides their aggressive nature, they can hold wickets as well.
Sharma is a unique combination of hard-hitting and classy batter at the same time. On the other hand, Rahul is more about class. There is an interesting fact that Rohit has four international 20-overs centuries which is the most by any batsman. In addition to that Rahul has two centuries.
In the T20i World Cup, India has one of the lethal opening pairs. The openers can be decisive in many matches for India.
Brutal Duo of Jason Roy & Jos Buttler
Nowadays, the limited-overs cricket would be incomplete without the English team, the champions of the T20i World Cup 2010. They are considered perfectionists in white-ball cricket.
One of the favorites of the tournament, England have announced the squad, and it looks extremely strong. As the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is already underway, just look into the English openers: Jason Roy and Jos Buttler.
Jason Roy and Jos Buttler share quite great chemistry and if both of them or even one, clicks at the right time, they can single-handedly turn the game for England.
Roy has been in great form for the past couple of months. His playing style is unique. He is a calm and composed player which is very rare for pinch hitters. His companion, Buttler, is extremely aggressive. He is versatile. He can play any shot against any bowler. Especially, his ability to hit a boundary over the wicket-keeper/fine-leg fielder is pretty unique on his credentials.
Indeed, the first six overs are very crucial and can make an impact on the opposition, they both enjoy batting with each other, and the performance of both the players would be significant for England to get success in the competition.
Devastating Opening Pair: Gayle & Lewis
West Indies have the most exciting squad in 20-overs cricket. Their openers, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, is arguably the most fierce in the upcoming World Cup. The opening partner Gayle, being the Universe Boss, has scored a substantial amount of runs in the T20s. He has lots of experience in that format, for instance, he has played all the previous editions of the ICC-T20i World Cup which shows how important his presence is. The other partner, Evin Lewis, is also a dangerous player. He is one of the cleanest strikers of the ball. On his day, He can be lethal against any opposition, and in any condition.
The foregoing pair can hit the ball out of the park all the time. They are immaculate sloggers who can change the game in an instant. The duel will be detrimental to West Indies’ triumph.
In addition to these, openers like Quinton de Kock & Devon Conway would also sparkle the mega event. All these opening pairs combined make the upcoming event, more ferocious than ever before. Fans would be keen to know which openers ultimately dominate the most.
Written by: Okasha Khan, Moied Rashid Butt, and Zunair Rasheed.