Openers are the most important part of the team. They build a base for the team to post huge target against their opposition and team which have best opening combination can chase down any target easily. Team’s openening pair has to face new ball on all kinds of pitches and against bowlers. They have to play both attacking and defensive cricket according to situation. Now it’s time to look at top 5 best opening pairs of all time in ODI cricket.
5. Adam Gilchrist & Mark Waugh
From 1998 to 2002 this two were best openers for the Australia. In 1999 World Cup they were a successful opening pair. Gilchrist was a hard hitter and used to just smashing the all over the ground and on another hand Mark Waugh was a class player who used to play all classic technical shot on the ground so this used to make this pair more dangerous. They scored 3853 runs in 93 innings with the Average of the 40. They shared 8 centuries together.
4. Sachin Tendulkar & Virendra Sehwag
After Saurav Ganguly, Master Blaster Sachin formed pairing with Sehwag on a number of occasions. This pair was one the Most Coolest pair ever Sehwag was a hard hitter and Sachin used to build his inning under that.
In 2011 World cup Sachin & Sehwag was terrorising the opponent they were at the best Form their life. In 93 innings they Scored 3919 runs with an average of 42 and they had a 12-century partnership together and they are second most successful opening partners from India.
3. Adam Gilchrist & Matthew Hayden
This Australian opening pair were the reason behind the success of the Australian team they were just the best combination of the ODI cricket. They dominated the cricket world from 2002 to 2009. They both scored 5372 runs in 114 innings and thus considered as best opening pairs for Australia of all time in ODI cricket.
This pair shared 16 centuries partnership and 29 half-century partnerships with the average of 48. And during the 2003 World Cup, they were having a 50+ average. And in 87 victories of Australia, this opening pair was featured and they scored 15 centuries partnership at the top.
2. Gordon Greenidge & Desmond Haynes
During 1979 to 1991 all top bowlers from the Pakistan, Australia, England used to be terrorised by these Most explosive batsman. They used to just tearing bowling attack of the opponent. Both these West Indian opener scored 5150 runs in jus 102 innings. and they are only opening pair who’s average was more than 50 it was 50.52. And they both share 15 centuries partnership and 13 out of them scored in away matches and it’s a huge feat for them.
1. Sachin Tendulkar & Saurav Ganguly
Sachin as an opener played with various partners like Navjot Sing Sidhu, Rahul Dravid, Akash Chopra but Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar has been top openers for the India and in the world of cricket. And this pair dominated the world of cricket for 11 long years. The way these Legends used to beat down the any Bowler. Both these batsman was Nightmares for the bowler.
This pair holds the record most number of the runs of opening partnership in the Indian team victories 65 out of 136 matches with the average of 67.95. And they are also second best opening pair with an average of 49.32 and they not only successful at home but also away matches as an Opening pair and scored 6609 runs in 136 innings. They both share 23 half-centuries partnership and 21-century partnership. They are the best opening pairs of all time in ODI cricket.