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The 5 best ODI Openers in the world currently

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20 Jan 2019, 22:38 IST

#4 Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

Guptill is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world
Guptill is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world

The New Zealand batsman has been around the international circuit for the better part of a decade. But, he has started to realise his immense potential only recently.

Guptill was a star for his country at the 2015 World Cup as New Zealand went all the way to the finals. The opener struck a masterful double century in the quarter-final against the West Indies and became the 1st Non-Indian to score an ODI double hundred in the process.

When Guptill is on song, there are hardly any bowling attacks that are capable of stopping him. Blessed with the ability to clear the boundary, the opener has made a living by providing New Zealand with fast starts.

The right-hander averages 43.16 in ODIs at a healthy strike rate of 86.60. Though there aren’t many more destructive openers in the world than Guptill, the New Zealander’s inconsistency has at times stifled his attempts at being crowned the best opener in the world. 

Thus, despite boasting of extraordinary talent, he has to be content with the No.4 spot on our list.

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