Opening pairings are ranked from 1-16 by the ICC for the T20 World Cup.

Opening pairings are ranked from 1-16 by the ICC for the T20 World Cup.


The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rated the opening partnerships for each of the participating teams in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2022, which is about to commence in Australia. Dubai:

At the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, getting off to a quick start will be just as vital as laying strong foundations, and the best opening partnerships will be crucial to putting their teams in the best position to be successful.

We rate the T20 World Cup opening partnerships by paying special attention to the T20 International Batting Rankings, as well as historical performance and current form.

Please note that all rankings and data are current as of October 6th, 2022.

Pakistan

As Pakistan prepares for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, they have the best starting line-up thanks to the fact that they have two of the top three batsmen in the T20I Batting Rankings.

Mohammad Rizwan, the great keeper and batter, and Babar Azam, the captain, have scored more runs together in Twenty20 Internationals than any other opening combination, and they come into this match in menacing form after their previous performances against England and in the Asia Cup.

Due to the fact that Pakistan’s middle order appears to be less reliable, the success of the two batsmen will be absolutely essential to Pakistan’s chances of competing for the title at this year’s Twenty20 World Cup. They were also two of the top three run scorers at the T20 World Cup held the previous year.

Babar Azam

ICC T20I batting ranking: 3

Career average / strike rate: 43.41 / 130.03

Latest T20I scores: 4, 87*, 9, 36, 8

Mohammad Rizwan

ICC T20I batting ranking: 1

Career average / strike rate: 52.53 / 128.57

Latest T20I scores: 1, 63, 88, 8, 88*

India

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma have been one of the most destructive opening partnerships for more than five years, and they will be among the key players in India’s prospects of putting a disappointing T20 World Cup performance behind them only one year later.

Although Rohit also has the reputation of scoring substantially at the major tournaments, Rahul was India’s best scorer in the tournament last year, and he will want to lead from the front as captain now that he gets the opportunity to do so.

KL Rahul

ICC T20I batting ranking: 14

Career average / strike rate: 39.57 / 140.40

Latest T20I scores: 57, 51*, 1, 10, 55

Rohit Sharma

ICC T20I batting ranking: 16

Career average / strike rate: 31.94 / 140.59

Latest T20I scores: 0, 43, 0, 17, 46

New Zealand (n.fr.)

Martin Guptill, a veteran who is now 36 years old and has been a member of numerous impressive duos over the years, and it seems that he and Devon Conway are going to form another one together.

Conway, who keeps wickets and bats, was promoted to the first spot in the order for the recent series against the West Indies. He was successful in getting off to a quick start in all three Twenty20 Internationals.

Anticipate the seasoned couple to be handed the first opportunity to lead New Zealand to an elusive men’s white-ball trophy. Young gun Finn Allen is another opening possibility, but you should expect the experienced pair to get the chance first.

Devon Conway

ICC T20I batting ranking: 7

Career average / strike rate: 47.2 / 138.28

Latest T20I scores: 21, 42, 43, 46, 36*

Martin Guptill

ICC T20I batting ranking: 10

Career average / strike rate: 31.79 / 135.8

Latest T20I scores: 15, 20, 16, 2, 45

Australia

The current world champions will begin the Twenty20 World Cup without knowing who will make up their opening pair of choice. Aaron Finch, Australia’s captain, batted at number four in the most recent Twenty20 international against the West Indies, but he should open the competition with David Warner, his normal batting partner, at the top of the order.

The two players, both 35 years old, have been doing quite well in Twenty20 Internationals, but the all-rounder Cameron Green might yet be unlocked as a weapon for the hosts if he is selected for the tournament team.

It was Aaron Finch.

ICC T20I batting ranking: 6

Career average / strike rate: 34.97 / 144.88

Latest T20I scores: 58, 7, 31, 22, 29

David Warner

ICC T20I batting ranking: 48

Career average / strike rate: 33.3 / 141.18

Latest T20I scores: 14, 39, 21, 70*, 53

Sri Lanka

After winning the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka will go into the Twenty20 World Cup with a lot of self-assurance, and they have two of the best batsmen from that competition lined up to start the batting for them in England.

Both Pathum Nissanka and goalkeeper Kusal Mendis scored many goals at the Asia Cup, and they will have the potential to build on that success when they face opponents with lesser rankings during the First Round of matches.

Pathum Nissanka

ICC T20I batting ranking: 8

Career average / strike rate: 29.66 / 115.58

Latest T20I scores: 8, 55*, 52, 35, 20

Kusal Mendis

ICC T20I batting ranking: 56

Career average / strike rate: 20.90 / 126.47

Latest T20I scores: 0, 0, 57, 36, 60

Afghanistan

This year, Afghanistan has changed a significant portion of their batting order, but they have ultimately decided to go with Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai as their opening pair.

The youthful pair had numerous productive partnerships during the Asia Cup, with the 20-year-old keeper Gurbaz putting up a particularly brilliant performance against Sri Lanka and establishing himself as a player to keep an eye on during the Twenty20 World Cup.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz

ICC T20I batting ranking: 18

Career average / strike rate: 25.87 / 138.46

Latest T20I scores: 0, 17, 84, 11, 40

Hazratullah Zazai

ICC T20I batting ranking: 21

Career average / strike rate: 32 / 138.92

Latest T20I scores: 0, 21, 13, 23, 37*

England

Jos Buttler, England’s captain and keeper, did not play in the previous Twenty20 International series against Pakistan. However, he will be back in the lineup and will start the batting for England with either Alex Hales or Phil Salt.

Buttler is able to punish poor bowling from the very beginning, but he will need to swiftly recover his best form after a break. Hales, on the other hand, is able to take control of an innings, but he needs to make more of any great beginnings.

Jos Buttler

ICC T20I batting ranking: 26

Career average / strike rate: 32.75 / 142.57

Latest T20I scores: 14, 29, 22, 18, 4

Alex Hales

ICC T20I batting ranking: 166

Career average / strike rate: 30.06 / 136.98

Latest T20I scores: 18, 27, 1, 5, 26

Africa, South

Temba Bavuma, who had elbow surgery, is now set to make his comeback and should bat with Quinton de Kock. However, South Africa may be tempted to begin the innings with Reeza Hendricks, who has been in excellent form recently.

Keeper de Kock’s exquisite hitting of the ball is likely to be the deciding factor in how quickly they get out to a start, and this will be particularly true if Bavuma continues his record of bad scoring before his injury as he did before it.

Quinton de Kock

ICC T20I batting ranking: 12

Career average / strike rate: 32.25 / 134.12

Latest T20I scores: 68, 69*, 1, 7, 7

Temba Bavuma

ICC T20I batting ranking: 89

Career average / strike rate: 23.54 / 116.49

Latest T20I scores: 3, 0, 0, *8, 8

Ireland

Ireland intends to bat with their best players at the top of the order because they believe that Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie will be able to establish their innings and bat for the majority of their team’s allotted overs.

After going through a bad period, Stirling will be looking to regain their form in the warm-up matches and throughout the First Round. Stirling’s captain, Balbirnie, can typically be counted on to lead a good beginning.

Paul Stirling

ICC T20I batting ranking: 27

Career average / strike rate: 28.67 / 134.84

Latest T20I scores: 16, 20, 0, 4, 31

Andy Balbirnie

ICC T20I batting ranking: 49

Career average / strike rate: 23.33 / 126.00

Latest T20I scores: 9, 15, 1, 46, 51

Emirates of the United Arab League

With Muhammad Waseem and Chirag Suri as their established starting pair, the United Arab Emirates now have the chance to discover how well those two can perform on the most important stage.

Waseem will be counted on to take charge of the attack from the very beginning of the innings, but Suri has shown that he is also capable of tall scoring totals for a side that is trying to get back into form following a poor Asia Cup performance.

Muhammad Waseem

ICC T20I batting ranking: 9

Career average / strike rate: 40.62 / 152.58

Latest T20I scores: 18, 15, 18, 58, 35

Chirag Suri

ICC T20I batting ranking: 77

Career average / strike rate: 30.42 / 118.23

Latest T20I scores: 5, 39, 4, 0, 88

West Indies

The two-time defending winners of the Twenty20 World Cup need to make a decision on the composition of their top order and whether or not to bat Brandon King with Kyle Mayers.

King is more than capable of inflicting damage from first drop, but the West Indies could choose to start with two of their most devastating hitters given that Shamarh Brooks and the returned Evin Lewis have not yet claimed the opener post.

Brandon King

ICC T20I batting ranking: 19

Career average / strike rate: 24.69 / 127.12

Latest T20I scores: 12, 53, 13, 20, 68

Kyle Mayers

ICC T20I batting ranking: 76

Career average / strike rate: 24.53 / 130.96

Most recent Twenty20 International scores: 39, 4, 1, 14, 73

Scotland

Since previous captain Kyle Coetzer withdrew from Twenty20 Internationals, George Munsey has been seeking for a new opening partner, and it seems like Calum MacLeod is the most probable candidate for the position.

In the First Round, both players will have the chance to improve their chemistry with one another, and Matthew Cross will be available as a backup plan in case more players or positions are required.

George Munsey

ICC T20I batting ranking: 25

Career average / strike rate: 27.43 / 144.72

Latest T20I scores: 19, 28, 17, 24, 22

Calum MacLeod

ICC T20I batting ranking: 78

Career average / strike rate: 24.28 / 111.00

Latest T20I scores: 33, 16, 12, 0, 0

Zimbabwe

Veterans Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabva ensure that the in-form Zimbabwe appear solid at the top of the order in their return to a T20 World Cup. This comes after the squad was unable to qualify for the championship in 2021.

You can depend on Captain Ervine to provide early runs with a reasonably cautious approach, which will enable Keeper-Batter Chakabva to attack the bowlers at the opposite end of the pitch.

Craig Ervine

ICC T20I batting ranking: 94

Career average / strike rate: 22.66 / 107.59

Latest T20I scores: 24, 1, 21, 10, 38

Regis Chakabva

ICC T20I batting ranking: 102

Career average / strike rate: 16.33 / 129.20

Latest T20I scores: 17, 0, 8, 27, 30

Netherlands

It will be up to Max O’Dowd and Stephan Myburgh to put down the groundwork for the Netherlands in a First Round group that they will feel secure in advancing from.

As the 38-year-old veteran Myburgh gets closer and closer to making what would likely be his final appearance on the grandest stage, it will be O’Dowd who will be tasked with taking charge of the quick starts while also seizing the chance to compete against the world’s greatest bowlers.

Max O’Dowd

ICC T20I batting ranking: 47

Career average / strike rate: 29.28 / 124.03

Latest T20I scores: 6, 2, 12, 16, 73

Stephan Myburgh

ICC T20I batting ranking: 149

Career average / strike rate: 22.15 / 115.04

Latest T20I scores: 24, 5, 22, 0, 0

Bangladesh

Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Sabbir Rahman seem to be Bangladesh’s opening partnership after the team has experimented with a greater number of possible configurations at the top of their batting order than most other teams have so far this year.

The 24-year-old Miraz enters in strong shape and with the possibility to finally make an impact at the highest level while Rahman also hunts for consistency. Miraz was a standout in under age competitions, and he now has more than 100 internationals to his record. Rahman is also searching for consistency.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz

ICC T20I batting ranking: 151

Career average / strike rate: 15.83 / 121.01

Latest T20I scores: 46, 12, 38, 19, 8

Sabbir Rahman

ICC T20I batting ranking: 589

Career average / strike rate: 23.48 / 120.22

Latest T20I scores: 12, 0, 5, 1, 24

Namibia

As a result of Craig Williams’ recent retirement, Namibia could begin their innings with the inexperienced duo of Divan la Cock and Michael van Lingen. This is due to the fact that Craig Williams has stepped down from his position.

La Cock, who is just 19 years old, is shaping up to be one of the most promising young stars among the growing teams, and van Lingen will have the chance to claim the position as his own during the First Round of matches.

Divan la Cock

ICC T20I batting ranking: NA

Career average / strike rate: 29.66 / 121.91

Latest T20I scores: 14, 9, 66

Michael van Lingen

ICC T20I batting ranking: NA

Career average / strike rate: 19.29 / 104.65

Latest T20I scores: 12, 51, 14, 25, 4

Courtesy:ICC

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