The most awaited 11th season of IPL is finally here and there is a buzz floating each passing day. Each and every match is totally unpredictable here. It seems the season is all about Best vs. Best.
In this guide, we will discuss the deadliest opening batting combinations that set the tone for the match and help in the prediction of the total score of the team. In power play, the openers bat the time when just 2 fielders can stand ahead of the 30-yard circle. Most of the franchise and international teams opt for an explosive opening combo, who can spell their magic from the first ball. Listed here are the three opening combinations who are here to bring the IPL 2018 by store.
- Brendon McCullum and Quinton De Kock (RCB)
Brendon McCullum is the deadly batsman who has great potential to grace the game. In the T20 history, he stands at second to score the runs. The Kiwi striker is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore which is his fifth team. RCB bought him for the whopping sum of Rs. 3.6 Crore and it was named one of the best bargains in the auction of IPL 2018. In T20 format, he has a phenomenal strike rate of 138.
On the other side, Quinton de Kock is one of the finest batsmen and wicketkeepers in the world. Earlier, the South African cricketer served Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for whopping Rs. 2.8 Cr, a huge value for a player. For South Africa, he has been a consistent player with a fabulous strike rate of 135 in T20 format.
At Chinnaswamy Stadium, both of these cricketers will play 7 matches where boundaries are small. So, a huge firework is waiting for the fans by both of these strikers.
- Aaron Finch and KL Rahul (KXIP)
Aaron Finch has the skills to hit sixes smoothly and he is one of the world’s best openers, with his mistimed shots on many events for sixes. In IPL, the Australian giant has represented 6 teams and he is currently playing for Kings XI Punjab. Aaron Finch has highest 156 runs in a T20I game against England in an innings. In T20 format, he has a strike rate of 139.
KL Rahul is among the best Indian batsmen currently and he is known for his timing. Previously, the keeper-batsman had played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. But he has been established as a limited-overs batsman. He has hit 56 runs off 31 balls in a T20 cup named “Horn Not Ok Please”. In T20Is, he has a tremendous strike rate of 147.
Both of these batsmen are able to play on any pitch and they stand ahead on a destructive note once they get going.
- Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan (MI)
Evin Lewis is one of the most threatening batsmen in the shortest format. The southpaw is lovingly known as another Chris Gayle. In auctions, the Trinidadian was acquired for the whopping sum of Rs. 3.8 crore and it is a great investment, considering his huge hitting and recent form. In the T20 format of cricket, he managed to score 2 centuries against India. His strike rate of 146 clearly defines that he is made for a T20 format.
Ishan Kishan is among the best in domestic matches. The batsman and wicketkeeper play for Jharkhand. In 2016 and 2017, he played for Gujarat Lions. The former U-19 captain of India has got a huge pay-check of 6.2 Cr. INR in IPL auctions of 2018. He has been in great form and he has been scoring runs in the domestic circuit for Jharkhand. In “Horn Not Ok Please” T20 Cup, he scored 124* off only 49 balls.
It seems these two devastating players will bring a lot of storms and bring some deadly beginnings to the home team at Wankhede Stadium.