ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Openers: While almost all the national teams in world cricket will emphasise over their openers for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, Pakistan looks settled in the opening department with the likes of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam doing their jobs perfectly.
It seems like Pakistan has done all the testing work and are almost certain to back their openers in Azam and Rizwan for the mega flagship event of ICC, starting October 17.
The pair is consistently scoring runs for Pakistan in the shortest format and are providing a perfect start more often than not.
For the England T20I series, Pakistan went with Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam as the openers, which is a perfect indication of their choices.
Moreover, the duo plundered a massive 150-runs stand in the first T20I against England for the first wicket while a 50-runs partnership in the second match against the same opponent a night before.
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Rizwan, the wicketkeeper-batsman for Pakistan, has scored 943 runs in 30 innings in T20Is at an impressive average of 44.90. The cricketer almost clocks at 130 in the shortest format. He is also placed 11th in the ICC T20I batsman rankings with 640 rating points.
While Babar Azam, skipper of the Pakistan national team, needs no introduction especially, in the T20Is. Azam has scored 2,142 runs in the shortest format in 54 innings, averaging 47.60 and a strike rate of 131.
Azam, the specialist T20I cricketer, is placed 2nd in the ICCs T20I batsman ranking just below England’s Dawid Malan.
Rizwan and Azam own the record of most runs scored as Pakistan’s T20I first-wicket partnership. The duo has amassed 429 runs, which is the highest amongst the 46 pairs that have opened for Pakistan.
Moreover, they scored with a run rate of 9.36 which is also the highest among the 46 Pakistan’s opening pairs.
With these two cricketers providing their services in the opening department, Pakistan will stick to them and show confidence going ahead in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which is scheduled to be held in the UAE and Oman.