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IPL 2018: Probable Opening pairs from each team

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CLT20 2012 Group A - Kolkata Knight Riders v Auckland Aces
IPL is set to begin from 7 April

There's hardly a month left for the world's most popular domestic T20 league to begin. This year's IPL is going to be a blockbuster as it marks the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals after both of them served a ban of two years.

In each and every game it is important that the team should get a steady start and it lies in the hands of openers. Thus, each team will be looking to get an effective opening pair.

Let's look into the opening pairs which each franchise can select for this edition of the IPL.

#1 Royal Challengers Bangalore

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand v Australia - 2nd Test: Day 1
The 36-year-old still has the capability of hitting big shots

Even though McCullum is 36 years old, but still his hard-hitting batting skills haven't lost. He will be adding his experience to the entire line up and will be up to provide the team with a steady start.

McCullum has a T20I experience of 71 matches and scored 2140 runs at an exceptional average of 35.67.

He was the first batsman to hit two centuries in T20Is. McCullum also captained the Brisbane Heat team in the Big Bash league.

The former New Zealand batsman also has an impressive IPL career. He has played 103 matches and scored 2753 runs at a phenomenal strike rate of 131.22. McCullum was the first player to hit a century in this league.


Manan Vohra

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Vohra will be up to continue his astounding form in IPL

Vohra has been a player who hasn't given many promising performances in the first class cricket but when it comes to IPL he seems to be altogether a very different player. This is the only reason RCB bought him for 1.10 Cr.

He has been one of the main performers for the Kings XI Punjab in the previous seasons. He has played 45 matches in his IPL career and scored 957 runs at an impressive strike rate of 132.73.

If we talk about the last edition, Vohra displayed a good performance from his bat by scoring 229 runs in the 11 matches at a phenomenal strike rate of 144.02 which consists of one half-century.

Vohra will be up to represent a new team this time around. However, his aim would be the same to provide a steady start to the team and convert his starts into big runs.

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