The Indian T20 league is probably one of the finest cricket leagues in the world. It’s a competition in which only the finest of players compete. The Indian T20 league is a popular league for every daily fantasy cricket fan. The league has also provided spectators with the opportunity to see some of the finest openers in the world. In a game of cricket, the job of the opener is very crucial. The main role of the openers is to take their team to a strong start so that it will be much easier for the middle-order batsmen to come in and play their natural game. Regardless of the structure of the game, the opening stand is crucial in terms of laying the groundwork for the entire game.
As this year’s Indian T20 league is about to begin, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the league’s finest opening stands over the years. In the league’s all-over seasons till now, it has witnessed several world-class opening partnerships. Below are 5 of the most memorable opening partnerships every fantasy cricket player should be aware of:
Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya (Mumbai)
Back in the 90s, Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya were two of the best-known limited-overs openers. In terms of opening a game, Tendulkar was a complete maestro, and Sanath was one of the most dangerous openers the world had ever seen. While playing for Mumbai in the first three seasons, Tendulkar and Jayasuriya shared some memorable opening stands. In the T20 league of 2008, they made their record partnership in a match against team Kolkata in Port Elizabeth. In just 12.2 overs, they scored 127 for the first wicket. In 32 balls, Jayasuriya scored 52 runs and on the other end, Tendulkar blasted 68 runs off 45 balls.
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner (185 runs)
This partnership was witnessed during the T20 league’s 11th match in 2019 between team Hyderabad and Bangalore. Team Hyderabad scored a huge total of 231-2 at the conclusion of 20 overs, thanks to the greatest opening partnership of 185 runs between Warner and Bairstow. The former had a score of 100 (55), while the latter received a score of 114. (56). Bangalore was bowled out for a meagre 113 in 19.5 overs, losing by a massive margin of 118 runs. For the Hyderabad-based franchise, off-spinner Nabi’s burst of 4-11 and pacer Sandeep’s stint of 3-19 did all the damage.
Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan (167 runs)
This partnership was witnessed back in 2013 during the T20 league’s 31st match between Bangalore and Pune. Bangalore came to bat first and made a massive total of 263-5 in 20 overs, thanks to a 167-run opening partnership between Gayle and Dilshan. The Pune team, as predicted, was not able to chase down the mountainous total set in front of them, and were reduced to 133-9 at the conclusion of their 20 overs. Rampaul and Unadkat were the picks of the Bangalore bowlers, who both took 2 wickets and gave 21 and 37 runs respectively and eventually played a key part in the massive 130-run victory.
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul (183 runs)
It was undoubtedly the best match of 2020 and one of the most legendary matches in the history of the Indian T20 league. With their class and consistency, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal were on their way to becoming the most intimidating opening combo. They handed Punjab a huge start in this match, scoring 183 runs in just 16.3 overs. Mayank Agarwal scored a massive century, while KL Rahul kept his cool and scored 69 runs off 54 balls. The team made a whopping total of 223.
Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli (147 runs)
Chris Gayle and Kohli made an unforgettable partnership in a 15-over match against Punjab by scoring a massive 147 runs in just 66 balls. In that particular match, Kohli single-handedly made 113 runs in just 50 balls.
The opening batsmen play a major role in every game and if they can maintain a good partnership score, they would be unbeatable. So, if you are into fantasy cricket leagues, then make sure to download a proper fantasy app, create your dream team and place your opening batsmen carefully so that your team could go a long way.