Rating Opening Pairs Of All Teams In Asia Cup 2023

Published - 15 Aug 2023, 01:13 PM

Asia Cup 2023
Asia Cup 2023 (Credits: Twitter)

Rating Opening Pairs Of All Teams In Asia Cup 2023. Asia Cup 2023 is set to commence on August 30. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal are six teams that are part of the tournament. A total of 13 encounters will take place between these teams. Asia Cup 2023 final takes place on September 17.

Openers will play a major role for every team in Asia Cup 2023. Since the tournament takes place in the ODI format, openers will be crucial to provide a good start to all teams. All six teams of Asia Cup 2023 have a strong set of openers. In this article, we rate the opening pairs of all teams in Aisa Cup 2023 on the basis of their strength.

Rating Opening Pairs Of All Teams In Asia Cup 2023

6. Nepal- Kushal Bhurtel & Aasif Sheikh- 6.5/10

Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh
Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh (Credits: Twitter)

Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh are the set of openers for Nepal. In 2023, right-handed batter Bhurtel slammed 544 runs in 19 games. He has shattered 1 ton and 3 half-centuries averaging 28.63.

On the other hand, Aasif Sheikh has mustered 532 runs in 18 ODIs at an average of 33.25. However, since both have a less batting average, they take the 6th spot on this list with a rating of 6.5. Moreover, Nepal’s opener also lacks experience against other mightly giants of Asia.

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5. Bangladesh- Litton Das & Mohammad Naim- 7/10

Litton Das And Mohammad Naim
Litton Das And Mohammad Naim (Credits: Twitter)

Litton Das and Mohammad Naim are openers for Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2023. Wicketkeeper Litton Das has held an average of 30+ this year and mustered 301 runs in 12 games. The right-handed batsman is a powerful hitter.

However, due to the absence of Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim will take the other opener’s slot for Bangladesh. He is a less experienced batter with just 2 ODIs this year. Hence, Bangladesh grabs the 5th spot on this list with a rating of 7.0.

4. Sri Lanka- Pathum Nissanka & Dimuth Karunaratne- 7.5/10

Pathum Nissanka And Dimuth Karunaratne
Pathum Nissanka And Dimuth Karunaratne (Credits: Twitter)

For Sri Lanka, Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne are the openers in Asia Cup 2023. Nissanka has held superb form this year, hitting 687 runs in 14 games at an average of 57.25. He has shattered 2 centuries and 5 half-centuries.

Left-handed Karunaratne has been equally good, smacking 481 runs in 10 games at an average of 60+. He has shattered 1 century and 5 fifties. They get a rating of 7.5 out of 10 and take 4th place.

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3. Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman & Imam-ul-Haq- 8/10

Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq (Credits: Twitter)

With a rating of 8 out of 10, Pakistan takes the 3rd spot on this list. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-u-Haq are the openers for Pakistan in Asia Cup 2023.

While Zaman has showcased amazing form in 2023 with 520 runs in 8 games, Imam-ul-Haq has hit 191 runs in 5 games averaging 38.20. They both are left-handed batters. Zaman has shattered 3 centuries and 1 fifty, and Haq has scored 2 half-centuries in ODIs this year.

2. Afghanistan- Rahmanullah Gurbaz & Ibrahim Zadran- 8.5/10

Rahmanullah Gurbaz And Ibrahim Zadran
Rahmanullah Gurbaz And Ibrahim Zadran (Credits: Twitter)

Afghanistan openers steal the 2nd spot on this list. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran are openers for Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2023. Zadran has hit 316 runs in 6 ODIs this year with 1 ton and 2 half-centuries.

Gurbaz has shattered 197 runs in 6 encounters with 1 century. They both also helped Afghanistan to win an ODI series against Bangladesh in June this year. Hence, they get a rating of 8.5 out of 10.

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1. India- Shubman Gill & Rohit Sharma – 9/10

Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma
Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma are the strongest pair of openers in Asia Cup 2023. They steal the top spot on the list with a rating of 9 out of 10. Gill has been outstanding in ODIs this year, smacking 750 runs in 12 games at an average of 68.18. The right-handed batter has slammed 3 centuries and 2 fifties this year.

Sharma has hit 383 runs in 9 encounters at an average of 47+. He has hit 1 century and 2 half-centuries. The Indian skipper also has a lot of experience and is one of the most dangerous openers in international cricket currently.

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