IPL 2024: Ranking Best Explosive Openers in Tata IPL 2024
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IPL 2024: Ranking Best Explosive Openers in Tata IPL 2024: The social media has been set abuzz by the cricket fans as they sense the festival of cricket making its entry. The Tata IPL 2024, India’s premier T20 league, is set to kickstart on March 22 with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener, which will be held in Chennai’s den – MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The last season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) ended with the handover of a record fifth title to Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The yellow brigade defeated Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT) in the final held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

While it’s said that half the battle in the IPL is won at the auction table, where the 10 IPL teams put in all their brainstorming abilities to buy the best players in every category, half the battle remains for the players to deal with during the two-and-half month-long tedious league. With the auction table battle being long over, it’s time for some real cricketing action among the players and franchises.

The openers play a critical role in shaping the team. More often than not, teams’ performances have been synonymous with how their openers have gone about their business throughout the IPL.

The openers set the foundation for any team. A strong foundation will, often, lead to a massive score. A rampaging start to the innings makes situations simpler for the next batters in the lineup, who can simply exploit the condition and play to the strengths, to take their side home in a contest.

This article will lead you through IPL 2024: Ranking Best Explosive Openers for Tata IPL 2024, Full List of Openers.

IPL 2024: Ranking Best Explosive Openers

Take a look at the ranking of the top 3 best explosive openers in the Tata IPL 2024:

Yashasvi Jaiswal & Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2024: Ranking Best Explosive Openers in Tata IPL 2024
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A mix of young blood running with a veteran is always considered best when it comes to the opening combination in T20 cricket and Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler perfectly fit into the category. The two Rajasthan Royals (RR) batters need no introduction.

Despite being inconsistent, the duo of Jaiswal and Buttler slammed 550 runs in the preceding season of the IPL at an average of 42.30. The two clocked the strike rate of over 150, which is simply sensational.

Yashasvi Jaiswal remained a key figure in the partnerships, last year, with him amassing 625 runs in 14 innings. Jos Buttler got 392 runs to his name during the league stages.

Rohit Sharma & Ishan Kishan – Mumbai Indians

IPL 2024: Ranking Best Explosive Openers in Tata IPL 2024
MI- Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan

Rohit Sharma is considered as one of the most dangerous batters in the T20Is. Despite him not matching his calibre in the past few years, the veteran Indian batter is still one of the dominant forces in T20 cricket to be dealt with.

It gets even better when he is paired alongside left-handed Ishan Kishan, who has been fulfilling the opening role for the past few years in the Mumbai Indians setup.

The duo has the knack of tormenting the opposition at will. More often than not, it’s Rohit Sharma, who takes the onus on himself to score runs swiftly in the powerplay, but when it comes to playing long innings, Ishan does the job perfectly.

Virat Kohli & Faf du Plessis – Royal Challengers Bangalore

IPL 2024: Ranking Best Explosive Openers in Tata IPL 2024
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli (R) and Faf du Plessis run between the wickets during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on April 10, 2023. (Photo by Manjunath KIRAN / AFP) (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The pair of Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis are a nightmare for any bowling lineup. For a few years now, the two have showcased why they are the monsters when it comes to opening the innings, especially in the IPL.

Though opening isn’t Virat’s ideal position, he was promoted up the order to pair alongside South African batter Faf du Plessis, and the outcome has been breathtaking.

The two have amassed the most runs (by an opening pair) in the IPL 2023 (939 runs). The numbers have come at high strike rates of in excess of 150.

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