Openers in international cricket are the frontline batters who are tasked with laying a solid foundation for the innings by negotiating the challenges of the new ball, setting the tempo, and building crucial partnerships.
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Openers set the tone
Notably, the openers play a crucial role which involves adapting to diverse playing conditions, handling pressure situations, and converting promising starts into substantial scores. They influence the momentum and outcome of the game, contributing not only to the team’s immediate success but also shaping the overall performance of the batting lineup.
In a testament to their exceptional cricketing prowess, three formidable opening batters have now etched their names in the record books by surpassing the monumental milestone of 18,000 international runs as openers.
List of players with 18000 international runs as opener:
David Warner – 357 Matches
Australian cricket sensation David Warner has consistently set the stage ablaze with his aggressive and dynamic batting style. Warner’s journey as an opener has seen him accumulate numerous records and he continued doing so in the ongoing ODI World Cup as he accomplished 18,000 international runs during the clash against Bangladesh. The left-handed batter reached the feat in just 357 matches, making him the quickest to do so.
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Chris Gayle – 416 Matches
Known as the ‘Universe Boss’, Chris Gayle‘s impact as an opener has been nothing short of iconic. With a staggering 18,000 international runs in 416 matches, Gayle’s aggressive and entertaining style of play made him a force to be reckoned with, not only in the West Indies but across the global cricketing landscape.
Sanath Jayasuriya – 456 Matches
Sri Lankan cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya remains an inspirational figure for openers worldwide. His groundbreaking approach to opening the innings has paved the way for modern cricket. The Sri Lankan cricket icon attained 18,000 international runs in 456 games and his legacy as an opener stands unmatched.
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