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Top 10 New Zealand ODI openers of all time

Tanya Rudra
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England v New Zealand - 5th ODI Royal London One-Day Series 2015

The oldest record of cricket being played at Wellington in New Zealand dates back to December 1842.

The Black Caps, however, played their first ODI on 11 February 1973 against Pakistan in Christchurch.

On 4 April 1996, the Kiwis achieved a unique world record. Owing to their four-run victory against the West Indies, the entire New Zealand team was adjudged Man of the Match.

The number five team in the ICC ODI Rankings, who are yet to win a World Cup, reached the final of ICC's quadrennial mega event for the first time in 2015.

Now, let's have a look at the 10 best ODI openers produced by New Zealand during their 43-year-long history of fifty-over cricket.


#10 Lou Vincent

ICC Cricket World Cup - Canada v New Zealand

The flamboyant right-handed batsman Lou Vincent, opened the innings in 40 ODIs for New Zealand, scoring 1,182 runs at an average of 30.30 between 2002 and 2007.

The man, who slipped into the opener's shoes after Nathan Astle's retirement, hit three tons and five fifties in a career that was cut short by Black Caps' rotation policy.

Vincent's claim to fame was the innings of 172, his highest ODI score, against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2005.

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