T20 World Cup 2021: Predicting the opening pairs of all teams in the tournament

T20 World Cup 2021: Predicting the opening pairs of all teams in the tournament

The openers will be key to scoring runs in the powerplay for their respective teams.

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro
Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The COVID-19 pandemic had forced the ICC to postpone the T20 World Cup to 2021. This was a blow to the cricket fans as they were waiting for this lucrative mega nation tournament to bring some joy in times of adversity. However, the BCCI managed to pull off the IPL in 2020 behind closed doors. This proved that there was a chance for the ICC to conduct the tournament in 2021. 

After the coronavirus pandemic was brought under control to some extent, the various cricket bodies of different nations managed to bring in spectators for live matches. This was a way to bring back normalcy into the sport. And this also helps the board to generate some income. The world of cricket is incomplete without its fans.

Cricket as a sport has gained popularity because of the rise of T20 cricket. After a successful inaugural edition in 2007, there was a series of T20 World cups which were conducted within two years. The main factor for a team in T20 cricket is its openers.

Therefore, here are the predicted openers from every team that is participating in the T20 World Cup:

1. Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das

Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Bangladeshi tigers will be looking forward to making some name for themselves in the upcoming edition of the T20 world cup. After a series of strong performances during recent years, they are no longer considered as the underdogs. To be fair, they are stronger than the Sri Lankan side. Bangladesh team can defeat any opposition on their day. Well, it is just a matter of their core group to get back in form.

Talking about the core group, the Bangladesh squad has a veteran in their top order in the form of Tamim Iqbal. The 32-year-old has been with the Bangladesh squad for a long time. A T20I experience of 78 games will help the team to start cautiously and later on, go for the big shots. Adding on, Iqbal has a strike rate of 117.2, which is decent for an opener. 

To compliment him, the Bangladesh management can try out Liton Das. The wicketkeeper-batsman has played in 29 T20I matches so far. A healthy strike-rate of 135.03 will be enough to give Iqbal some time to settle down. If the opening pair does its work to perfection, we might see them in the knockout stages of the tournament.