Updated: September 16
Openers play a very vital role for any batting side. They have the responsibility to provide a solid base for the middle order. This year, few teams have changed their squad. This would result in a change in the opening combination of VIVO IPL 2021 teams.
Here, we list the IPL 2021 UAE leg expected opening combination of all teams:
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IPL 2021: Expected opening combination of DELHI CAPITALS
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw
Delhi capitals seasoned opener Shikhar Dhawan was in sublime form. He would be a sure shot opener for the team. Talking about his partner, we expect Prithvi Shaw to open the innings. He has been in good form in recent domestic tournaments.
Last season, Delhi capitals tried Mark Stoinis and Ajinkya Rahane, but they failed to provide a solid start. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are the expected opening combination of Delhi capitals for IPL 2021.
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IPL 2021: Expected opening combination of MUMBAI INDIANS
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock
Rohit Sharma and Quinton Decock have provided solid starts to Mumbai Indians in the last few seasons. We expect the franchise to continue with the same opening pair for IPL 2021. Rohit has earlier batted in the middle order at no 4. But since 2019, he has been opening the innings for MI.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are the expected opening combination of Mumbai Indians for IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: Expected opening combination of CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis
Chennai Super Kings failed to perform as a team last season. One of the primary reasons for their failure was a poor start. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 3 back-to-back half-centuries in the last 3 matches for CSK as an opener. He is a sure shot opener for this series. Chennai has brought Robin Uthappa this season.
Having a good record as an opener for KKR, Robin Uthappa would get this role. We expect Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa to be the expected opening combination of Chennai Super Kings for IPL 2021.
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IPL 2021: Expected opening combination of ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers
Devudutt Padikkal had a great season last IPL. He scored 473 runs for the side as an opener with 5 half-centuries. He was also selected for the emerging player of the year award 2020. He is a sure shot opener this season for RCB. Virat Kohli, after the T20 series, said that he would open this season for RCB.
The middle order of RCB is strong which would make them a balanced batting side. Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli are the expected opening combination of Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: Expected opening combination of SUNRISERS HYDERABAD
David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha
Talking about the other opener, we expect Wriddhiman Saha to partner with him. In the IPL 2020, Saha opened the innings in the last few matches and performed well. David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha are the expected opening combination of Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: Expected opening combination of PUNJAB KINGS
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal were the top openers of IPL 2020. Both these players performed well for their team. It was unfortunate that they could not reach the playoff due to their initial streak of losses.
Punjab also has the universal boss Chris Gayle in their side. He played at no 3 position for Punjab Kings last season and performed well. Kl Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are the expected opening combination of Punjab Kings for IPL 2021.
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IPL 2021: Expected opening combination of KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Subhuman Gill, Rahul Tripathi
Kolkata Knight Riders tried a lot of opening combinations last season. Subhman Gill has been very successful for KKR as an opener in recent seasons. During the last season, he scored 440 runs for KKR. He would continue as an opener.
Kolkata may try Rahul Tripathi as an opening partner for Subhman Gill. Rahul Tripathi like to play attacking cricket. He would be an ideal opening partner. Subhman Gill and Rahul Tripathi are the expected openers of Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2021.
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IPL 2021: Expected opening combination of RAJASTHAN ROYALS
Jos Butler, Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals like KKR also did a lot of experiment in the opening combination. They tried 5 opening pairs last season. Jos Butler was a very good experience as an opener. But he will not be available for UAE leg
Talking about his partner, Sanju Samson, the captain of Rajasthan Royals could be a good option. He has opened for the team before. He also has good experience as an opening batsman for Kerala. Manan Vohra and Sanju Samson are the expected openers of Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2021 part 2.