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Top 5 players who can open for India in T20 World Cup 2024

By Akanksha - December 16, 2023 - Last updated on Dec 16, 2023 11:22 PM
Top 5 players who can open for India in T20 World Cup 2024

Before the next men's T20 World Cup, which will be held in the West Indies and the USA in June of next year, India will only play eight Twenty20 Internationals and one Indian Premier League match. The opening options will be a major selection criterion for the selectors. A glimpse of some of the contenders and their qualifications is provided below.

Top 5 Players Who Can Open for India in T20 World Cup 2024

JAISWAL KISHAN GAIKWAD ROHIT GILL
T20S 33 29 30 16 28
RUNS 1179 707 1157 332 1194
AVERAGE 40.65 25.25 52.59 20.75 47.76
STRIKE RATE 161.28 129.96 154.67 132.80 154.86
SR IN POWERPLAY 168.71 122.62 139.93 130.72 139.31
SR IN MIDDLE OVERS 146.48 144.86 150.59 142.42 159.50
SR VS PACE 164.75 130.36 141.28 128.39 158.81
SR VS SPIN 145.31 129.00 166.22 141.00 149.21
  1. Yashasvi Jaiswal

    Yashasvi Jaiswal

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    Jaiswal has only played 11 T20I matches since making his debut in August of this year. He is still a strong contender for the first position. The reason for this is that he provides something that few others in India can: the ability to attack with the first ball. In all T20s since the conclusion of the last World Cup, 132 batters have started the innings. Jaiswal had the second-best strike rate among those with 167.51 in the first ten balls.

    Additionally, he has been practising his leg spin in the nets and may be able to provide one or two overs. But in 76 T20s, he has only bowled 19 deliveries thus far. He played eight matches in the last Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and didn't send down a single ball.

  2. Ishan Kishan

    Ishan Kishan

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    The fact that Kishan is a wicketkeeper sets him apart from the opposition. Kishan is now India's sole viable wicketkeeping option for Twenty20 internationals since Rishabh Pant's comeback is questionable, Sanju Samson is not currently part of the team, and Jitesh Sharma is too raw. Unless, of course, the selectors return to KL Rahul.

    But Kishan hasn't lived up to the hype when it comes to accomplishing it with the bat. He has played 13 T20Is since the previous T20 World Cup, averaging 19.46 with a strike rate of 111.94. He is the slowest starter among the five candidates listed here as well. He was on 19 off 21 in the first Twenty20 International and 22 off 21 in the second, demonstrating it during the current series against Australia as well. Even if he recovered effectively in both games, the strategy might not be the most effective one.

  3. Ruturaj Gaikwad

     Ruturaj Gaikwad

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    Since the 2014 T20 World Cup, Gaikwad has emerged as one of the top spinners in T20 cricket, averaging 47.37 and hitting 166.22 against that style of bowling. If chosen, he might be very significant because the World Cup pitches are predicted to be on the slower side. Furthermore, he has a decent track record against speed.

    He is more Kishan than Jaiswal when it comes to beginnings, but he is probably more adaptable than both of them. As seen by his undefeated 123 off 57 balls in the third Twenty20 International match against Australia, he can also bat through the innings. Is an anchor at the top of the hierarchy necessary for India?

  4. Rohit Sharma

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    The 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final between Rohit and England was his final T20I match. Since then, Rohit has concentrated on ODIs and Tests while Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya have led India in the format. Officially, nevertheless, he remains the captain of all formats.

    Before recently, Rohit was regarded as an anchor. However, he has entirely altered his strategy in the past year, especially in ODI cricket. He reached a new level in his hitting at the most recent World Cup, collecting 597 runs with a strike percentage of 125.94. There's no reason not to support him in the Twenty20 Internationals. It won't be shocking if Rohit rejoins the T20I team as captain in addition to being the opener because Hardik's health is a worry.

  5. Shubman Gill

    Shubman Gill

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    Gill is considered India's first-choice opener in Twenty20 Internationals after the 2022 T20 World Cup. His brilliant IPL 2023 campaign, in which he amassed 890 runs at a 157.80 strike rate, enhanced his notoriety and solidified his spot in the team.

    He improved the quality of his six-hitting at this time. He was hitting a six every 16 balls before the most recent T20 World Cup, while previously it was every 28 balls. He is not certain to be in India's playing XI for the T20 World Cup, despite all of that. Gill and the rest will face intense rivalry for the position of the second opener if Rohit recovers, with Jaiswal perhaps leading the pack. The good news is that he will get the chance to make his case, just like all other contenders.

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