World Cup 2019: Rating the opening pairs of all teams in the tournament
Openers giving a good start is of paramount importance to the teams in this mega event.
Published - May 27, 2019 4:07 pm | Updated - May 27, 2019 4:07 pm
The stage is set for the 2019 World Cup and the teams are keen to showcase their skills. The warm-up games are giving the players enough time to acclimatize to the English conditions. Most of the cricketers believe that this edition will be a tight one as all the participants have enough firepower. The fans are elated as they are going to witness some of the best white ball action in this span of 2 months.
England is hosting the event for the 5th time, and if the trend of the past 4 years continues, then the batsmen will definitely enjoy their stay. In this edition, many records are going to tumble and one of them is the runs scored by the opening partnerships. With flat pitches and short boundaries, the teams will be banking on their top order to provide brisk starts. As each of the sides consists of a good opening pair, it is worth rating them on a scale of 10.
1) Mohammad Shahzad & Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan) – 7.5/10
The Asian country is playing its second World Cup and they are looking to spring some surprises in the tournament. Afghanistan has a balanced side and two of their attacking batsmen are their openers. Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai are two of their best strikers. As the middle-order consists of innings builders, these two are the aggressors at the top of the order.
Shehzad has played 81 games and his strike rate is 88.7, while Zazai has represented the nation 8 times and his strike rate is 93. The left-right combination has opened the innings 5 times for Afghanistan. Together they have scored just 90 runs in these games but their partnership will be a key factor for the team’s success. The dup proved its mettle in the warm-up game against Pakistan smashing their bowlers left, right and centre and would love to continue in the same vein.