Perfect Opening Pairs for Each Team Ahead OF IPL 2019
Indian Premier League 2019 will kick off from the 23rd of March in Chennai. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the starting game.
Chennai Super Kings has won its third IPL trophy under the leadership of MS dhoni and made a strong comeback in the IPL.Along with it Mumbai Indians also lift the trophy for 3 times under the leadership of dashing batsman Rohit Sharma
The opening pairs will be vital in the shortest format of the game. Most of the successful IPL teams have had strong openers .let us see the strong opening pairs of each team before going into the league stage.
From the past few years royals had struggled to find successful opening pair,but in IPL 2018 they solved their opening trouble with the help of England wicketkeeper batsman and modern day t20i cricketer jos buttler. It resulted in big as he scored five consecutive half-centuries, almost converting two of them into centuries.
Hence, there is no doubt that they will continue with him in the 2019 season.
The second slot will be filled with the indian batsmen ajinkya rahane this could be a good pair because buttler can play attacking from ball one itself while rahane will help hip by rotating the strike in regular intervals. He has played 98 innings as an IPL opener and has scored the bulk of his runs in that position. So it will be good to go with these two.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad they have a good opening combination from last three years in the form of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan.although they missed the services of warner last year this time he returned but this year they will miss the services of shikhar dhawan as he moved to delhi capitals.
Warner has scored over 3400 runs as an opener with three centuries to his name. He was the main reason why they won the 2016 IPL season. Although there is no dhawan ,warner will be accompanied by one of two stroke makers Jonny Bairstow or Martin Guptill.
KINGS IX PUNJAB
He will be accompanied by the universal boss Chris Gayle at the other end.So the KXIP management will be delighted to have both of them.gayle is in staggering form in the recently concluded England series where he scored two centuries.
Over the years delhi is trying to establish their name on the trophy but it has been not came.One of the main reason for it is their opening partnerships.The Delhi Capitals are filled with a bunch of youngsters. The return of the experienced Shikhar Dhawan would give these youngsters a lot of boost.
He can be a great mentor for them this season. Dhawan who has enough amount of experience as an opener both in IPL and International cricket would be the first choice opener for Delhi.
The second one would be Shreyas Iyer who has shown tremendous hitting ability in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. He has scored a couple of centuries in this tournament, including the highest ever individual T20 score by an Indian.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Kolkata Knight Riders had no worries in their opening combinations over the years .A few seasons ago, Kolkata tried Sunil Narine as an opener and it turned out to be one of the masterstrokes in the IPL history. He was one of the prime reasons why KKR always had an aggressive start in the first six overs of the game.
Lat year, he had scored half-centuries off 17 and 26 balls.they also have australian batsman chris lynn as the another option who is well known for his attacking game in this format of game
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
From the time Chris Gayle was released from Bangalore’s team, the opening position has been an issue for the franchise.there is no one to occupy his slot with the same audacity although Parthiv Patel, who has a decent amount of experience as an opener in the IPL is expected to be the first choice.
The second opener for Royal Challengers Bangalore will depending upon their selection, but there are lot of options with heitmeyer and the marcus stoinis in the side they can go with one of them
But we can expect them to go with Kohli who has been in the form of his life since the 2016 edition.
The same is expected to continue this season also. On the other side, West Indian Evin Lewis will be there .even though they had a fine limited overs openers in the form of ROHIT SHARMA they are not going with him because there is no experienced middle order batsmen who can save the tam if early wickets fall.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Last year dhoni opted rayudu as a opener and he delivered with his word by his consistent run.CSK also have south African batsmen duplessis to fill out the opening role for them if needed.
But it will Watson and rayudu who will walk out as openers in this edition too and The Chennai will looking for more runs from both of them.