Worthy Openers for India for the T20 World Cup

After a resounding test series win against England last week, the Indian team is back for a 5-match T20I series against the same opposition.

The cricket fans supporting India always debate on who are the ideal T20I openers for India. There have been cases where apart from 2 regular openers, a third opener has excelled in T20I’s whenever given chances.

Now, we have the following 3 openers in T20I’s for India. These are:

1. Rohit Sharma

Arguably one of the greatest openers for India in limited-overs, Rohit Sharma is the 3rd highest run-scorer in T20I history. As of December 2020, he has scored 2313 runs in 75 innings as an opener with 4 hundreds and 16 fifties. He has a strike-rate of 131 as an opener and has a batting average of 30, which is fairly good. He can tonk sixes at will once he gets set and has the most hundreds in T20I’s. One can’t simply ignore him for any fantasy playing XI T20 team for sure.

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Given that the upcoming World Cup is going to be held in India, Rohit Sharma will be a huge asset to the Indian team. There would definitely be some big scores from him.

2. KL Rahul

This batsman has actually made the selection process a bit of a headache for the selectors in T20I’s. As of December 2020, he has got 11 fifties in 27 innings as an opener, which shows his impeccable consistency in churning out runs. To date, he has scored 1103 runs at a strike-rate of 143 at an average of 44 as an opener. Not only that, he has a century each while batting at number 3 and number 4 with an impressive average of 87 and strike-rate of 175 at No.4. This shows his versatility to bat anywhere in the top-order.

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The advantage Rahul brings to the team is that he can adapt to many positions in the batting order. Not only that, he can also keep wickets if needed. Rahul is currently ranked 3rd in T20s as a batsman.

3. Shikhar Dhawan

Dhawan has been a genuine opener since the beginning of his cricketing career and as of December 2020, he has scored 11 fifties in 62 innings as an opener. He has a batting average of 28.28 and a strike-rate of 128.28. However, he has struggled against quality T20I teams like West Indies and New Zealand and is someone who can’t bat in the middle-order. As an opener, he plays more as a sheet-anchor to either Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul.

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The team management should consider batting Rahul at either 3rd or 4th position given the match situation. If one of the openers gets dismissed early, then Virat Kohli should come to bat at the 3rd position and if the opener gets dismissed on a good score, then Rahul must come at 3rd position with Kohli a the 4th.

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