Indian opening pairs have always entertained the cricket fans with their terrific performances on the pitch. Pairs like Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar-Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan and others hold a special place in the hearts of the Indian fans. The aforementioned opening pairs were known for building big partnerships together for the Men in Blue.
However, not all the Indian opening pairs have been successful in the international arena. There have been some pairs that have failed to make an impact and returned with poor numbers. In this listicle now, we will look at the two Indian opening pairs with the lowest batting average in T20I cricket history.
1. Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill – 13.80, Lowest average among Indian opening pairs
The new opening combination of the Indian T20I team – Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill – has not set the cricket stage on fire as the fans expected. Both Kishan and Gill are immensely talented and have played integral role in their respective teams’ IPL championship wins.
However, as a combination, the two youngsters have not clicked yet. So far in their short career as an opening pair, Kishan and Gill have had a batting average of 13.80 only. The duo will be keen to build a big partnership soon.
2. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane – 26.16
Lowest T20I Average by Indian Opening Partnership— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) January 29, 2023
13.80 – Ishan Kishan/Shubman Gill*
26.16 – Rohit Sharma/Ajinkya Rahane#INDvsNZ
The second-lowest batting average among Indian opening pairs in T20I cricket history belongs to current captain Rohit Sharma and former vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. The Maharashtra duo opened the batting for India on multiple occasions.
They even opened the batting for the Indian cricket team in the semifinal match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 match against the West Indies cricket team at the Wankhede Stadium. While Rohit and Rahane have great numbers in international cricket, as a pair, they averaged 26.16 in T20Is.