CT IPL Fan’s choice: 5 best openers from the tournament

These are the best 5 openers of IPL according to people's choice.


Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle watched by Kolkata Knight Riders wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum. (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/GettyImages)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is into its 10th season and over the years we have been spectators to some fine performances. Brendon McCullum’s heroic unbeaten 158 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the very first game of the IPL, the sight of Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya and Ricky Ponting walking out wearing a dash of gold and blue, lording of the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle over lethal attacks are some of the references to the overwhelming history of the premier league.

Today, we let the fans take the centre stage and vote for their all-time best opening pair.

Chris Gayle – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo Source: BCCI)

More like the lull before the storm, Chris Gayle likes to make his way out in the middle, in his typical laid-back manner. But once he gets going, no roof is too tall for the big man. In 94 IPL matches, the left-hander has fetched 3464 runs at an average of 42.76. He has 5 hundred to his name, including the massive 175 off 66 balls against a hapless Pune outfit way back in 2013.

Gayle didn’t start off too well, scoring just over 170 runs during his first stint with KKR in the year 2009, but the homecoming came three years later with him scoring 733  and 708 runs in two successive seasons – 2012,2013 for RCB. He is one of the most dangerous openers, who threatens to take away the game from the opposition in no time. Having hit over 250 sixes, he can be your perfect choice to start the proceedings at the top.


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