5 Best Opening Batsmen Of IPL 2020
The much awaited IPL is about to kick start on 19 September 2020. All the teams have arrived in the UAE and have already started practising finishing their quarantine period. The opening spot is of great importance in T20 matches, as every team want to start with the best opening batsman.
There is a possibility that middle-order batsman will be sent to play for first six overs. In the past also Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers to hitman Rohit Sharma, they have set a benchmark. IPL has changed the cricket scenario since 2008 when it was inaugurated. IPL has become a hunting ground to find the hidden talent of many Indian players. Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson are the faces we came to know through IPL.
As IPL 2020 will be played in UAE, the pitches are somehow expected to be slower as compared to India. To target 200 plus score in 120 balls is going to be a tough task. So, check out the list of 5 best batsmen that can be considered for openings in IPL.
Virat Kohli- (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Matches: 177 Runs: 5412 Highest: 113 Centuries: 5 Strike rate: 131.61 Average: 37.84
As a captain, Virat Kohli might have failed, but he has proven to be the best opening batsman. A right-handed top-order batsman is considered as the best batsman in the world. He has scored highest runs in IPL history. 2016 was a golden year for Kohli where he smashed four centuries.
Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
Matches: 188 Runs: 4898 Highest: 109 not out Centuries: 1 Strike rate: 130.82 Average: 31.60
Rohit Sharma is a blessing for Mumbai Indians. One of the best decision in IPL, to appoint him as a captain. He won the IPL title 5 times; 4 times as a captain and one as a player. Rohit Sharma is the third-highest scorer in the league. He is a middle-order batsman and equally capable for the opening spot. Rohit is the only Indian player to score a hundred and taken a hat-trick at IPL.
Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals)
Matches: 54 Runs: 1736 Highest: 128 not out Centuries: 1 Strike rate: 162.69 Average: 36.16
Rishabh Pant is a wicket-keeper batsman who bats mostly among top 5 team players. Pant is a left-handed batsman and is equally adept for pace and spin. IPL 2017 was a breakthrough in his career which went up in 2018. Considering him as an opener batsman can be a masterstroke for India as he used to open the inning in U-19 tournaments.
KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab)
Matches: 67 Runs: 1977 Highest: 100 not out Centuries: 1 Strike rate: 138.15 Average: 42.06
The new KXIP captain is an opener as well as a wicketkeeper. KL Rahul has scored over 1200 runs in the past two seasons which is even greater than Virat Kohli. 2019 was an amazing year for Rahul, he enjoyed a purple patch in IPL consistently for the past two seasons. His strike rates of 158.41 and 135.38 in 2018 and 2019 respectively hint at a change of roles for the batsman in the team.
Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals)
Matches: 159 Runs: 4579 Highest: 97 not out Strike rate: 124.80 Average: 33.42
India’s star opener Dhawan since IPL 2008 returned to Delhi Capitals from SunRisers Hyderabad before the 2018 season. This left-hander, top-order batsman from Delhi has scored over 520 runs in IPL 2019. IPL 2020 this year has given him another opportunity to perform in his typical aggressive way against both pace and spin. With a record of 4500 runs in IPL, Delhi capital is looking forward for his pivotal play.
T20 is the favorite tournament of India. When it comes to batsman ship India has always delivered topmost players from Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni to virat kohli. Every player is unique in their own ways.
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