As the World cup season is approaching, all the experts and cricketers believe that the team which could make a good score in the first ten overs of the Powerplays have the majority of the winning chances. Hence, we can take a look at some of the powerful opening combinations worldwide for the world cup 2019.
- David Warner and Travis Head
Though he was banned from the cricket activities for one year, David Warner is expected to play for Australia in the World cup 2019. Earlier, the pair of Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist was considered as the best opening pair in the World Cup 2007. Though the above pair could not reach the heights like the former, this pair is one of the consistent ones in the cricket world. David Warner slammed 4322 runs off 100 matches with an average of 43.22. He is one of the greatest cricketers in all the cricket formats. He scored 14 hundred and 17 fifties in his ODI career. He has a very good strike rate with above 96.22 off 100 balls.
Travis Head made an impressive performance in the last Big Bash League. He slammed 484 runs off 10 matches with an average of 48.4. His strike rate was 98.44 per 100 balls. He scored one century and four fifties. The combination of Warner’s experience and Head’s fiery style will be a great one to support Australia to bag the World cup again.
- Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy
Jonathan Bairstow and Jason Roy are the most recent opening pairs. England is one of the most powerful teams in the Indian cricket. Jason Roy scored 2383 runs at an average of 39 with a strike rate of 104 runs per 100 balls. He scored six hundred and 12 fifties.
Bairstow is one of the best cricketers for England who played a crucial role to make the English team stand at the top position. His strike rate was 113 runs for 100 balls. He scored 1209 runs at an average of 63.09. He scored 6 hundreds and 7 fifties. With this pair in the crease for 15 overs, England is expected to reach 320+ score easily.
- Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma
This is one of the best opening pairs in the World. Though Rohit Sharma was trolled for poor form in his recent past, he made a good comeback with 97 runs off 61 balls in the game against Ireland. The pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma cemented their positions in the opening line-up for many years. Rohit is one of the greatest openers for India in the limited overs format. He has the record of highest partnerships in t20is. He scored 4627 runs as an opener at an average of 53.8. His strike rate is 91.1 for 100 balls. He scored 15 hundreds and two fifties as an opener.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 4361 runs off 100 matches at an average of 45.61. He scored 13 hundreds and 25 fifties as an opener at a strike rate of 93.44. Both the players are world-class performers and are well-acquainted for the conditions of England.
- Martin Guptill and Colin Munro
These are great as individual players and played in the opening order together on rare occasions. Guptill had most of his great opening stands with Brendon Mc Cullum. His career best was 237* for New Zealand in the World Cup 2015 quarter-final against West Indies. His score helped the team to reach the semi-finals. He slammed 5351 runs at an average of 45. He scored 13 hundreds and 29 half centuries. His strike rate was 84 for 100 balls.
Colin Munro is new for opening position and slammed 425 runs off 16 matches at a strike rate of 26.56. He has 3 fifties under his belt. His strike rate was above 113 runs for 100 balls. He has an impressive T20I record with a breath-taking strike rate of 182.3 with an average of 52. He scored 2 hundreds and four fifties. Both these players appreciate each other’s style of cricket.