Opening pairs are like a backbone for the batting department of any team in cricket. Openers are always expected to provide a great start to the team while batting. Openers also have a lot of responsibility and pressure when they open the batting, as the opposition bowlers are full of energy to attack them with their bowling prowess.
A good partnership by openers gives great motivation to the team while when openers lose their wickets cheaply, it lays pressure on the upcoming batsmen.
In ODI cricket, many opening pairs have done a fantastic job for their teams in the past. These openers piled up a lot of runs for their respective teams while batting at the opening spot. These pairs also shattered many 50+ and 100+ partnerships for the first wicket, thus delivering a good batting start in many matches.
In this listicle, we take a glance at the 10 best opening pairs in the history of ODI cricket and rate them according to their performances as openers.
Rating The 10 Best Opening Pairs In The History Of ODI Cricket
10. Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)- 6/10
Former Sri Lankan cricketers Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya take the 10th spot in the list of best opening pairs in ODI cricket. They get a rating of 6 out of 10. Left-handed batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and right-handed batsman Marvan Atapattu opened together for Sri Lanka in 79 ODIs from 1999 to 2007.
They scored 3382 runs together at an average of 43.92. The former Sri Lankan openers also hit 8 hundred-plus knocks and 19 fifty-plus knocks for the opening partnership. Their highest opening stand was 23 runs in an ODI against Australia in January 2003.