Cricket: Batting is very important for every team. If the team gets a good start then the thrill of the match increases. With this, it is easy for the team to win the match or set a big target. For a good start in international cricket, the team is always looking for good openers.
Each team has its own specialist openers. Many good opening batsmen have come in the history of cricket so far. Openers have a very important role in all three formats of cricket.
There have been some occasions in cricket history when the openers have won matches on their own. At the same time, there have been some matches, when both the team openers were dismissed at zero.
We are going to talk about the 5 opening pairs who were dismissed without scoring any runs in the T20 International match.
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma opened for India in the Asia Cup 2015-16. This happened to India during the match against Pakistan in this tournament. Pakistan scored just 83 runs batting first.
The goal was easy but India did not get a good start as Mohammad Aamir dismissed both the opening batsmen to zero with his tremendous bowling.
Well, due to the tremendous performance of Virat Kohli, the team won against Pakistan. In the match held in Dhaka, the team won with 27 balls and 5 wickets.
Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton
A lot of big things happened in the 2017–18 T20 series between West Indies and New Zealand. At that time Chadwick and Gayle were opening for the team. The openers had a poor performance in the third match of the series.
West Indies needed 243 runs to win. In response, Walton was out on zero in the first over. Gayle was also out after 4 balls without opening the account. Because of this, the team faced a big defeat of 119 runs in the match.
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar
In 2018, the T20 series was being played between West Indies and Bangladesh. In the first match of this series, both the Bangladesh openers were dismissed without opening an account.
Ashley Nurse sent Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar to the pavilion in the first over with a score of zero. Bangladesh suffered defeat in this match.
Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal
The match between Pakistan and West Indies was being played in T20 World Cup 2013-14. This match was important for both the teams but Pakistan’s luck was poor.
Two big openers of the Pakistani team came out to start chasing 167 runs. First Ahmed Shehzad and then Kamran Akmal returned to the pavilion without scoring any runs.
Jessie Ryder and Martin Guptill
A similar figure was also seen during the T20 series between New Zealand and Pakistan in 2010–11. In the third match of this series, both the New Zealand openers were dismissed on a score of zero.
New Zealand suffered major setbacks in the beginning, chasing a target of 183 runs. Tanveer Ahmed dismissed Jesse Ryder in the very first over.
After this Abdul Razzaq sent Martin Guptill to the pavilion on zero runs. The opening 4 batsmen of New Zealand were dismissed for zero in this match.