Stats Prove Babar & Rizwan as the Best Opening Pair in T20Is [Comparison]

Stats Prove Babar & Rizwan as the Best Opening Pair in T20Is [Comparison]


Strong opening partnerships are essential to succeed in all cricket formats. Top international sides will rely significantly on their starting combinations for the 2017 T20 World Cup. With just 20 players left, the opening stand is vital because it sets the tone for the rest of the game and sets the platform for the batsmen of the middle order to capitalise and post large sums.

In the 2021 T20 World Cup, the opening teams of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Aaron Finch and David Warner, and Jos Buttler and Jason Roy will have an important role for their respective teams. These opening duo have been vital to the success of their teams recently and will once again share the burden of the batting unit.

Let's look at the performance of these T20I cricket opening pairs:

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan – Pakistan


Over the past year, Babar and Rizwan were in spectacular form. Both the batsmen were the backbone of Pakistan's batting line, and their performance was key to the recent T20 cricket success of the team.

Rizwan is the leading T20I runner in 2021, with an average score of 752 runs of 94,00 and a strike rate of 140,03 in 14 runs. In the calendar year, Babar is the second-highest run scorer with an average rate of 523 runs of 37.35 and a strike rate of 132.74 runs in 14 innings.

Both the batters created a successful partnership at the top of the order for the men in green. They scored 521 runs in 10 innings an average of 52.10. They had stalls for two centuries and ten innings for half a century.

Aaron Finch and David Warner – Australia


Aaron Finch and David Warner have been playing for Australia for quite a long time together at the top of the order. They are both a fantastic starting pair and Australia will hopefully continue to understand each other in the T20 World Cup.

Although Australia is not the force they once were, they still have considerable firepower and are regarded as dark horses for the event. The opening combination must split the bulk of the burden in the batting department and place the big hitters on the platform.

Finch and Warner have in 25 innings batted together at the top of the order. They have achieved an average of 944 runs of 41.04 and have contributed three hundred stands and several partnerships for half a century.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul – India


India has had tremendous partnerships in the opening of limited-over cricket companies like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag. Their present limited-over cricket opening combo is just as deadly if not more.

Both KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are outstanding T20 players and have a good common understanding. Both batsmen are in a terrific form and look forward to a bright start for India in the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Sharma and Rahul scored an average of 586 runs in the 13 innings played together, averaging 45.07. Two century stands and a half-century stand featured their opening partnerships.

Jos Buttler and Jason Roy – England


The world's leading T20I team is seen as a strong favourite for the T20 World Cup title. Much of their success in Cricket T20 is due to Jos Buttler and Jason Roy's devastating opening pairs.

Both the batmen seek to get into the innings early and aid England to put enormous sums on the board. England hopes that the batsmen will adjust to the conditions in the UAE and continue to be excellent.

They played 20 entries at the top of the order and scored an average of 666 runs of 33.30. They have six partnerships for half a century together, but have not yet registered their stance for the first century.

Here is the comparison of each opening pair:

Opening Pair

Babar and Rizwan

Finch and Warner

Rahul and Sharma

Buttler and Roy
















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