In Twenty 20 cricket, it is really important to get a good start from the opening pair which lays the foundation for an innings. If the openers give their team a flying start the job of middle order batsmen becomes easier as they got the freedom to play big shots without worrying about the consequence. A good start also lays a foundation for a big total.
So, in Indian T20 league opening batsmen have played a crucial role for their teams.
Hence, here we are going to discuss top 5 opening pairs of the cash-rich T20 cricket league.
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir
In the history of Indian T20 league, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are one of the best opening pairs with Delhi. They shared their rapport with the Indian team when they opened the innings for India. Apart from opening the innings for India, they also opened innings for Delhi from 2008 to 2010.
They had a great understanding of each other’s strength and weakness. So, it has become easier for them to complete each other. While destructive batsman Sehwag used to go for the ball from the word go Gambhir took time to settle down and decorate his innings with boundaries. In, the 2010 edition, the duo amassed 732 runs with four half-centuries and a century partnership of 122 runs.
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan
Since Hyderabad franchise joined the Indian T20 league in 2013, they have become one of the most consistent sides. Despite having a weak middle order Hyderabad have proved themselves as one of the big contenders for the playoffs owing to their strong opening pair which featured David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan.
Both of the southpaws are known for their prolific batting style. Whenever they get the going, bowlers found them difficult to stop. So far, Indo-Aussie pair has three hundred partnerships in Indian T20 league. Their highest score in the league is 130 against Kolkata in 2015 edition of the league.
Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay
This opening pair of Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay may don’t look dangerous but their statistics are second to none since they are the only opening pair who scored more than 1000 runs. During their stint with Chennai, they have scored eight half-centuries and two centuries in 28 innings at an astonishing average of 40.92.
Their highest opening partnership is 159 which was scored in 2011 Indian T20 league final against Bangalore. Their record partnership also helped Chennai to win their second title in the cash-rich T20 league.
During his sojourn with Chennai as an opening pair, Vijay was brilliant with stroke making while Hussey was superbly consistent with the willow in hand.
Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa
In 2014 Indian T20 league, captain Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa played a vital role to help Kolkata win their second T20 title. It was an outstanding right-hand and left-hand combination which started the innings with singles and twos and launched their onslaught after settling down.
In 2014 season, they were consistently performing for Kolkata. As the summit clash approached their stands looked like 121, 106, 68 and 58. During their streak of 14 wins on their way to their second title win Gambhir and Uthappa were one of the most successful opening pairs in Indian T20 league.
Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli
While Gayle was at his best with his gutsy batting style Kohli took a little time to settle down to launch the onslaught on opposition bowlers. Both Gayle and Kohli was superbly consistent which helped Bangalore to 200 + total on a consistent basis.