The eleventh edition of the most exotic cricket tournament in the world the Indian Premier League is less than two weeks away from us. And as we are getting close, the anticipation amongst the fans to know more and more details about the league is continuously enhancing.
Auctions had been done. Each franchise is ready with their full squads, captains, coaches, jerseys and management staff. Although, due to change in the schedule of the opening ceremony IPL captains will not be attending the opening ceremony. The first match of the IPL 2018 is scheduled to take place between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at 7th April 2018 right after the opening ceremony.
Every team has a set of world-class batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders, some more than others. There are also big hitters in almost every team who can turn the tables for their teams in a matter of minutes.
In this format of the game, the team with the brilliant batting performance has far more chances to win, comparatively. In this post, we are going to list the Opening pair of batsmen of every team in the IPL.
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Virat Kohli
- Brendon McCullum
Fans must be under confusion after the RCB complete team for the IPL 2018 was announced.This right here is a magnificent duo and the best opening batsmen in the IPL 2018. The pair has such impeccable talents that they could become the real nightmares for the bowling line-ups.
Virat Kohli has always been in the opening pair for the RCB. He is the no. 1 ODI batsman in the world and as much good in the T20 format of this game. The duo of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle has shamed bowlers many times in the past.
Although, Gayle is not an option for RCB this year, instead they someone even better, as much the large hitter and persistent. Yes, Brendon McCullum who could boost the score table at any point and any number but he is best when he opens.
At the very first match of the inaugural season of the IPL, while playing for KKR, he smashed a humongous 158* in just 73 balls. He has shown time and again that he is one of the best openers in the world and he is ready to do it again with RCB. I can’t really wait to see Kohli and McCullum smashing the bowling line-ups to bits.
2. Kings XI Punjab
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
Kings XI Punjab squad for IPL 2018 has been announced and Kings have a large number of big hitters this season. But KL Rahul and Chris Gayle would be opening for them this season. Chris Gayle–the name is enough, his reputation precedes him.
Chris Gayle has put himself in the history of the T20 cricket as the most destructive batsman ever. Gayle’s 175 not out is the highest individual score in all Twenty20 matches with 17 sixes and 13 fours. He can literally destroy any bowling line-up. Nobody stands a chance against him on his good day. He is the only player to have more than 200 IPL sixes.
He can destroy careers and hopes with the snap of his fingers. Can’t really find a more aggressive opener than him. Whereas KL Rahul is an elegant right-hand batsman who can keep wicket in a crisis, KL Rahul is among the most highly rated opening batsmen in India’s next generation.
They are the perfect example of aggression mixed with calm and composed which is exactly Kings might need to overcome their title drought.
3. Chennai Super Kings
- Murali Vijay
- Shane Watson
Very shortly after the IPL 2018 opening ceremony, the two big giants Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings will collide in the first IPL 2018 match. The fan-favourite Chennai Super Kings are making a comeback this year after a two years suspension.
And just as the new IPL 2018 theme song suggests it is all about “Best vs Best”. Murali Vijay is once again back with the CSK and will be opening for them in the IPL 2018. Vijay is a good timer and tends to stroke the ball with his forearms rather than with a strong bottom-hand – a rather rare virtue in the modern day and age.
In the IPL, he has over 2500 runs with a strike rate of over 124 and two 100s to brag about it, which not many have accomplished. He is an excellent spin player with an instant understanding of line and length and can be brutal if he has to.
The other opener Shane Watson is probably the complete player in the IPL so far. Watson is the only player to lead most runs, most wickets, highest score, highest batting average, most sixes, for a team in T20. Also, the only player to win the man of the tournament IPL twice.
Watson played in the Indian Premier League for the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural IPL season in 2008, he performed well with bowl and bat and led his team to the victory, bagged four men of the match awards and the man of the tournament as well. This duo could be the foundation CSK needs to win the tournament.
4. Sunrisers Hyderabad
- Shikhar Dhawan
- David Warner
Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner are undoubtedly the best opening duo in the IPL 2018. They both know each other, understand the instincts of one another and that must be the reason behind the Hyderabad’s consistency in the recent years.
Their records are also as stunning as the understanding between these two. Dhawan has more than 3500 runs with a brilliant strike rate of over 122 and an average of 32.66 whereas David Warner has added more than 4000 runs in the 114 matches that he played with an awesome strike rate of over 142 and an average of over 40.
He also has 3 hundred in his name put him on the list of elite class players. He is one of the finest talents in the IPL and a title-winning captain. Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL tournament title in 2016. He was retained by the Hyderabad franchise as their captain for the IPL 2018 along with Shikhar Dhawan. Statistically, no other pair on this list has put together fifty-plus stands with the frequency of this duo.
Yet another feisty and consistent combination at the top of the order took Sunrisers to their first IPL title in 2016 and they seem ready to do it again this year.
The report on IPL 2018 Predictions about this duo is that they will thrash the opposition this year. You can also check out the complete list of Sunrisers Matches in the IPL 2018 at IPL 2018 full schedule.
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Jos Buttler
Ajinkya Rahane has been opening for the Rajasthan Royals for a long time. He started with his master Rahul Dravid.
Dravid and Rahane were among the most prolific opening partnerships in the IPL, building strong platforms for the Royals’ middle order to launch from. Rahane is a deceptive player.
He can be as calm as a wall and can transform himself into a big hitter in no time. Rahane’s IPL record is pretty good too. He has scored over 3,000 runs at an average of 33.59 and a strike rate of over 120.
He has also scored a 100 showing that he is a capable T20 player. Ajinkya Rahane arguably is one of the complete Indian batsmen right now.
There another opener will be the English player Jos Buttler. He is a hard-hitting batsman and a wicket-keeper, Jos Buttler, is seen as a player who has everything to succeed in the shorter formats of the game.
He has only played 24 matches in the IPL and still not very accustomed to the league but he is very familiar with the T20 games.
He has scored 527 runs so far in the IPL with an awesome strike rate of over 145.98. Rajasthan just like CSK suffered a setback when they were banned from the IPL for 2 years. This year they are making a comeback and will be thriving to win the title.
6. Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders will have a new opener this year. Instead of Gambhir, Chris Lynn will be opening alongside Robin Uthappa this year.
Gambhir was their most accomplished player but they decided not to retain him. Kolkata Knight Riders’ title-winning run in 2014 was courtesy of Uthappa and Gambhir setting up games with dominant opening stands.
Robin Uthappa has scored 3778 runs in 149 IPL matches with a strike rate of 131.64. He doesn’t have any hundreds in his name but he does have a humongous total of 125 sixes, what every team needs exactly is a strong start, big sixes and fours and Uthappa is just the man who can deliver up to expectations.
While Chris Lynn is not very experienced in the IPL, he sure managed to impress everyone in his short run. He has only played 12 IPL matches and bagged 384 runs with an impressive strike rate of over 158, a best score 93 and 23 sixers.
He is a game changer and one of the most dangerous batsman. He has made himself a T20 legend already playing for Brisbane Heat and that’s why he is the best contender to open for KKR.
Let’s just hope this duo can repeat what Gambhir and Uthappa did for KKR. You can also download IPL full schedule and IPL 2018 theme song from our blog.
7. Mumbai Indians
- Rohit Sharma
- Evin Lewis
Mumbai will be playing the first match against the Chennai Super Kings. The defending champions Mumbai Indians will be looking to win another IPL title and will be relying on their skipper –the Hitman, Rohit Sharma and the young blood Evin Lewis. Rohit Sharma as we all know is raw and pure talent.
Mr. Talent–a term that has followed Rohit Sharma around like a shadow and even haunted him at times. And why not? When you are that talented, expectations and burdens of responsibility are just natural. Overall, Sharma’s record in the IPL is one of the most authentic and impressive at the same time.
He has scored over 4,000 runs consistently, has a century, a total of 172 sixes. More than that, he led his team to a record three title victories. The hitman must be looking for another successful year with the new sign up, the Jamaican Evin Lewis.
Evin Lewis will be making his IPL 2018 schedule debut for the Mumbai Indians this year and what better way there is then to debut alongside the Hitman himself. Lewis’s record in the T20 format is impressive and that’s why Mumbai signed him.
He has played 14 T20 internationals and has scored 468 runs with a strike rate of 154.97. Evin Lewis is an attacking left-handed opening batsmen and is one of the few players with two or more hundreds in Twenty20 Internationals.
This looks like a good bargain for Mumbai and maybe these two could help Mumbai defend their title.
8. Delhi Daredevils
- Gautam Gambhir
- Colin Munro
Gautam Gambhir is back with his home team after his 2 title winning stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders. Gambhir as we all know is one of the best openers in the IPL.
He has performed numerous match-winning partnerships with Robin Uthappa for his previous side KKR and now all set to do the same for Delhi. He has scored 4133 runs in the IPL so far with a strike rate of 124.64.
The Kolkata Knight Riders signed him as their skipper in 2011 and Gautam Gambhir was unstoppable. In just his two years he has amassed 968 runs something no other player in the side could manage and also led their side to the maiden IPL victory in 2012.
Their other opener will be so-called the no. 1 T20 opening batsman in the world, the Kiwi Colin Munro. He still has to get used to the IPl as he has only played 4 matches but he is a star in the international T20 and has scored over 1140 runs in 45 matches with a strike rate of 163.6, 78 sixes and 3 centuries and 7 fifties.
A fit and firing Munro adds so much value to any side, especially in his current purple patch. His batting aside, he can also acts as an extra bowler for his team. This duo can decapitate any bowling unit in their good day and a smart purchase by Delhi Daredevils.
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