IPL is a cricket league played in India. It’s a T20 league, and it consists of 10 teams. The IPL started in 2008, and Rajasthan Royals won the first IPL title. IPL is one of the most popular cricket leagues, and it has an average attendance of over 26,000 per match. Here we have compiled a list of the five best opening pairs in IPL 2022. The best openers in IPl 2022 are also some of the strongest players to play in the IPL. Moreover, these players have been instrumental in making their team win many games.
Ranking the 5 best opening pairs who are expected to be the best openers in IPL 2022
|Rank||Opening pair||IPL Team|
|1.||KL Rahul & Quintin de Kock||Lucknow Super Giants|
|2.||Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal||Kings X1 Punjab|
|3.||David Warner & Prithvi Shaw||Delhi Capitals|
|4.||Rohith Sharma & Ishan Kishan||Mumbai Indians|
|5.||Virat Kohli and FAF du Plessis||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
List Of 5 Best openers in IPL 2022
1. KL Rahul & Quintin de Kock- Lucknow Super Giants | The best openers in IPL 2022
Both KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock were bought by Lucknow Super Giants. They have been consistent and aggressive players in IPL as well as international cricket. They both have some good records and stats in their IPL career. Let’s know about their stats and records.
KL Rahul is the most destructive opener in IPL history. Moreover, he has scored 2828 runs in just 72 matches at a strike rate of 130.59 and the highest average among openers (49.77). In 2020 IPL, he had become the first player to score more than 600 runs in an edition of IPL.
Quintin de Kock has been at the top of the game since joining Mumbai Indians in 2019. The South African wicketkeeper-batsman hit 11 scores of 50-plus in that season and was also named the Orange Cap winner for scoring 529 runs at a strike rate of 130.82.
2. Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal-Kings X1 Punjab
The Indian team players Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal are now on the Kings XI Punjab squad. Shikhar Dhawan has been a part of the IPL since 2008. The Delhi Capitals (then called the Delhi Daredevils) bought him for 50 lakhs. He had an excellent season that year and was named Player of the Tournament. He was then picked up by the Deccan Chargers for nearly Rs. 7 crores in 2011, making him the most expensive player at that year’s auction. In 188 matches, he scored over 4900 runs with 28 half-centuries and 15 centuries, at an average of 33.95 and a strike rate of 120.81.
In January 2018, Kings XI Punjab bought Mayank Agarwal in the 2018 IPL auction. He scored 95 runs off 63 balls in his first match for Kings XI Punjab against Delhi Daredevils. He finished with 27 runs off 28 balls against Chennai Super Kings on 5 May 2018. Then he scored his second half-century of the season, scoring 68* off 50 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 19 May 2018. In 2019, Agarwal was retained by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 2019 IPL auction.
3. David Warner & Prithvi Shaw- Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capital’s Prithvi Shaw and David Warner are the third top opening pair of IPL 2022. The Delhi Capitals had a terrific campaign in the IPL 2020, finishing second on the points table before losing to Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1. The team reached their first-ever final. They are likely aiming for the title in the upcoming season.
Delhi has a good opening combination with David Warner and Prithvi Shaw, who remains one of the most destructive pairs in the IPL. Since they have different batting styles, it is difficult for bowlers to adjust. On the other hand, David Warner was an absolute beast at the top of the order during the IPL 2020. He smashed 548 runs at an average of 39.14 and a strike rate of 143.86 to ensure that his team qualified for the playoffs despite having a woeful middle order. A lot will depend on him for Delhi Capitals to do well this season.
4. Rohith Sharma & Ishan Kishan- Mumbai Indians
This young pair has been a part of the Mumbai Indians (MI) since 2018 and has been doing wonders for them. They are the fourth top-opening pair of IPL 2022 on our list. They have also helped Mumbai Indians win two titles in 2019 and 2020. Moreover, both of them have had some success in their IPL careers. Rohit has scored more than 5000 runs in his IPL career, whereas Ishan Kishan has scored more than 1000 runs in the last three seasons.
Ishan Kishan also holds the record for scoring the most number of runs for MI in an innings. He did so against RCB in IPL 2020 when he scored 99 runs off 58 balls. He was just one run short of completing his maiden century.
Rohit Sharma is also the highest run-scorer for MI. He also holds the record for scoring the most runs by a captain in the history of IPL. Furthermore, he is also the second-highest run-scorer in IPL after Virat Kohli.
5. Virat Kohli and FAF du Plessis- Royal Challengers Bangalore
Finally, Virat Kohli and FAF du Plessis are fifth on our list. They made their debut in the IPL in the same season. The duo also has a stellar record in the T20 format. Both players have been in excellent form in the Indian Premier League and will look to continue their good run for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022.
Du Plessis is also one of the most experienced players in South Africa’s team. He has played over 300 T20 matches. Also, he scored over 7,000 runs at a strike rate of just over 127. The right-handed batsman has scored 90 half-centuries and 15 centuries in the T20 format and has an average of 39.68. He has also taken 21 catches in his T20 career so far.
Kohli has already played over 300 T20 matches. He has scored over 9,000 runs at a strike rate of around 132 and has scored 95 half-centuries and 17 centuries. The right-handed batsman averages 40.51 in this format and has also taken 31 catches so far in his T20 career.
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