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IPL 2019: Possible openers for each IPL side

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09 Jan 2019, 22:47 IST

#2 Rajasthan Royals - Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane

Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane
Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane

In 2018, the Rajasthan Royals was struggling to find a good opening combination until they promoted Jos Buttler as an opener. D'Arcy Short, who was their first-choice opener, has failed to provide good starts and was, therefore, snubbed.

In seven games, despite repeated trust shown by the management, Short had not made a single score above 50. Then came Jos Buttler, who took the attack to every single opposition.

The right-handed batsman scored five consecutive fifties in IPL 2018 and helped them to reach the playoffs. He scored 548 runs from 13 matches at an average of 54.80 and a strike-rate of over 155.

Ajinkya Rahane, who has been their regular opener, would look to provide the decent starts for his team along with Jos Buttler. If the England wicket-keeper returns to home midway through the tournament due to World Cup, new signing Manan Vohra might replace him.

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