An opener has a big responsibility in the game of cricket. A great start by openers gives good confidence to the team. On the other hand, when they fail to perform and lose their wickets cheaply, it put pressure on the other batsmen.
Thus, openers in cricket have a huge responsibility on their shoulders.
In the last decade, there are few batsmen who have risen to the top while batting at the opening position. These batsmen have not only impressed fans with their batting but have also emerged as one of the best batsmen in the sport during their active careers.
Their outstanding batting has mesmerized cricket fans from all around the globe. Here we take a look at 5 players with the most ODI runs as an opener since 2011.
5 Players With The Most ODI Runs As An Opener Since 2011
Tillakaratne Dilshan (5369 Runs)
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan is the 5th player on this list. He has scored 5369 runs as an opener in ODIs since 2011. The right-handed batsman has a brilliant average of 44.00 during the tenure. He also smashed 14 hundreds and 27 fifties at the opening slot in ODIs.
Overall, Dilshan has scored 10,290 runs in 303 innings in ODIs at an average of 39.27. He smashed a total of 22 centuries and 47 half-centuries in ODIs. He retired from international cricket in 2016.