The role of an opener in laying a strong platform for the innings is very crucial. In world-class cricket, there are legendary cricketers who stood as formidable openers. Here are some of the greatest openers in the 50-over format.
Sehwag loves to hit the ball whether it is the first ball or last ball of the innings. He formed one of the strongest opening pairs along with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. He is known for his aggressive style in hitting boundaries. One of his best performances is 219 against West Indies in the World cup 2011. The way he thrashed Umar Gul with boundaries is still a talking point. He slammed 15 hundreds and 38 fifties at a strike rate of 104.33 from 251 ODIs. As an opener, he added 8273 runs in ODIs at an average of 35.06.
Brendon Mc Cullum
This New Zealander is one of the fearless cricketers of his time and has some versatile records in his name. His capability to judge the line and length of the delivery at a glance made him one of the ferocious openers of his time. He slammed the likes of Brett Lee, Dale Steyn, and Mitchell Johnson. He scored 6083 runs from 260 ODIs at an average of 30.42 and a strike rate of 96.37.
He is one of the versatile cricketers and is notorious for his hits above the mid-wicket. His thunderous shots towards the off-drive are still loved by the fans. He is one of the greatest batsmen for Sri Lanka and is a role model for the likes of Kumara Sangakkara. He slammed 13430 runs from 445 ODIs with 28 hundreds and 68 fifties at an average of 32.36 and strike rate 92.10.
He is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest keeper-batsman. He slammed a quick 149 in the world cup final match 2007. This is one of the greatest knocks in the history of the world cup. He made solid stands with Mathew Hayden as an opener and created splendid records. He played 287 ODIs for India and slammed 9619 runs at an average of 35.89 and strike rate 96.95 and added 55 fifties and 16 centuries in his ODI career.
Fondly called “God of cricket”, he is the greatest cricketer India ever produced. He holds the records for highest number of runs, highest number of fifties, highest number of centuries, and highest number of man of the match awards. He is a versatile batsman with 18426 runs, 49 hundreds, 96 fifties, and 62 man of the match awards. His easy straight drives and shots above mid-wicket and square leg are an eye feast to watch. He played 423 ODIs and slammed 18426 runs at an average of 44.83 and strike rate of 86.24. Undoubtedly, he is a legendary opener India ever seen.