Rating The 10 Best Opening Pairs In The History Of T20I Cricket

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: BCCI

T20I is the shortest format of cricket and also the quickest one. With just 20 overs per side in a T20I match, the batsmen have to score runs at a quick speed. As a result, opening pairs have a huge responsibility while batting in T20Is. They have to settle on the crease as soon as possible and smash runs at a high run rate so as to pile up the maximum total on the scoreboard.

Many opening pairs have a decent record while playing as openers in T20 internationals. These batsmen have a great average while opening the innings together and have also scored a lot of runs for the opening wicket. In this article, we talk about the 10 best opening pairs in T20I cricket and rate them out of 10 on the basis of their performances as openers in the shortest of the game.

Rating The 10 Best Opening Pairs In The History Of T20I Cricket

10. Evin Lewis And Lendl Simmons (West Indies) – 6/10

Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis
Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis (Image Credit: Twitter)

West Indies’ current T20I opening pair Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons get the 10th spot in this list. The Caribbean duo gets a rating of 6 out of 10. The West Indies duo has batted together as openers in 13 T20Is since 2019. They have scored 487 runs at an average of 37.46.

They smashed hundred-plus runs once and fifty-plus opening stands on 3 occasions. Lewis and Simmons’ highest opening partnership in a T20I came against Ireland in January 2020, when both the players smashed an opening stand of 133 runs.

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