6 Greatest Opening Batsman in the Cricket History: No 1 is an Indian
1) Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar was famously known as Sunny, is considered as one of the best opening batsmen in the history of cricket and also carved this in the history for himself during his time by putting on various records. He was the reportedly first player to reach 10,000 Test runs as well as 30 centuries in Test cricket. His feat of 34 Test centuries was held for over 20 years until it was broken by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Gavaskar played a total of 125 Tests scoring a total of 10,122 runs with a stunning average of 51.12 and a top score of 236 not out. He also has numerous other records on his name too.
2) Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar got the opportunity to open innings in 1994 when Navjot Singh , the regular opener was unable to play the match. But this proved to be a turning point in the history of Indian cricket. Sachin played 344 matches as an opener and he made 15,310 runs at an average of 48.29 He also have a record of scoring 45 of his 49 ODI hundreds while batting in the top order.
3) Sanath Jayasuriya
Jayasuriya played 388 ODI matches scoring 12,740 runs at an average of 34.61. He was the one who helped Sri Lanka in winning the 1996 Cricket World Cup as a pinch hitter and then went on to become one of the best ODI openers ever for Sri Lanka.He had whirlwind of strokes which he played all around the wicket, his assaults on bowlers were quite legendary.
4) Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag fondly called as Viru, is ranked among the world’s finest opening Test batsmen in recent times. He has numerous records under his name including two triple test centuries. His splendid 319, is the highest individual score by any Indian cricketer in Test cricket and as well as the fastest Test hundred recorded by any batsman. He is the fourth overall and only Indian player to score two Test triple-centuries. He played 104 Tests scoring a total of 8,586 runs at an average of 49.34 including 23 centuries.
5) Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook is the left-handed opening batsman who plays for England and has figures that speak highly of him at a very young age. He was the only England player to score four centuries before the age of 22. Also, He was the youngest England player to score 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 runs respectively. He also became the youngest cricketer to score 7,000 runs. Cook played 152 Tests scoring an impressive sum of 12,005 runs at an impressive average of 46.35 and a high score of 294.
6) Adam Gilchrist
Gilchrist played 260 ODI matches scoring 9,200 runs at an average of 36.50. He was the man who helped redefine how wicket-keepers should bat, He was a very exciting batsman to watch with his excellent shots at the start of the innings.His style was especially suited to ODI format of cricket, where he could take advantage of the fielding restrictions and rack up the runs easily.He did manage to combine a strong average with an impressive strike rate.