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IPL 2024: Complete List of Best Openers of All 10 Teams

A total of 39 players in focus as we look at the official best openers list for all 10 teams for IPL 2024 ahead of the tournament. 

120 balls is what each team gets during a T20 match. With 11 players in the side, needless to say, openers are the ones that face most of the deliveries. Hence, the openers are one of the most important players for any team. Fortunately, the IPL Auction and players’ retentions help each team get at least 2 to 3 good openers. 

With the official data in front of us, let’s in this article take a look at the complete list of openers for each team. While categorizing the players, we will consider two solid openers who will only play as an opener for their respective teams. Of course, there are a few players who might play dual roles, but since they are backups, we are still considering them in the openers category.

IPL 2024 Openers List for All 10 Teams

Sunrisers Hyderabad – SRH Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: Travis Head & Mayank Agarwal

Backup Openers: Abhishek Sharma & Anmolpreet Singh

Starting with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, they have Travis Head and Mayank Agarwal as their two best openers in the side. The addition of Travis Head makes SRH a strong top-order unit. Other than these two, SRH have Abhishek Sharma as a good backup opener and Anmolpreet Singh as a decent backup opening option.

Mumbai Indians – MI Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: Rohit Sharma & Ishan Kishan

Backup Openers: Dewald Brevis

Mumbai Indians have two solid openers in the form of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan. With Rohit Sharma relieved of the captaincy duties already, expect him to come all guns blazing in the 2024 IPL. Other than these two, MI can also open with Dewald Brevis, who generally is also a top-order player.

Gujarat Titans – GT Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: Shubman Gill & Wriddhiman Saha

Backup Openers: Matthew Wade

Coming to Gujarat Titans, they have Captain Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha as their two best openers for IPL 2024. Other than these two, there is no good backup opener in the side. However, Matthew Wade has the dual characteristic of playing as an opener as well as a finisher. 

Kolkata Knight Riders – KKR Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz & Jason Roy

Backup Openers: Venkatesh Iyer, KS Bharat & Angkrish Raghuvanshi

The Kolkata Knight Riders team will mostly ride on the overseas opening duo of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Jason Roy. With these two as solid openers, KKR have Venkatesh Iyer and KS Bharat as two good backup openers and Angriksh Raghuvanshi as a decent backup opener.

Rajasthan Royals – RR Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: Jos Buttler & Yashasvi Jaiswal 

Backup Openers: Kunal Rahore

Talking about Rajasthan Royals, the team has one of the best opening combinations of the tournament in the form of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. With these two almost certain to open unless for injury, they have Kunal Rahore as a decent backup opener to fall back to. 

Delhi Capitals – DC Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: David Warner & Prithvi Shaw

Backup Openers: Shai Hope

The Delhi Capitals team has David Warner and Prithvi Shaw as two solid openers in the squad. However, as a backup option, there’s only Shai Hope that the team can think of. If not Prithvi Shaw, Delhi will have to look for make-shift openers among Yash Dhull, and Swastik Chhikara to play that role. 

Chennai Super Kings – CSK Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: Devon Conway & Ruturaj Gaikwad

Backup Openers: Rachin Ravindra

The Whistle Podu Chennai Super Kings team has Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad as the two best openers in the squad for IPL 2024. Both have been exemplary while playing for the CSK in the last few editions. In addition to these two, CSK can look at Rachin Ravindra or even Moeen Ali as a good backup opener.

Lucknow Super Giants – LSG Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: Quinton de Kock & Devdutt Padikkal

Backup Openers: Kyle Mayers

Coming to Lucknow Super Giants, the team will mostly be without KL Rahul for the opening slot as he has decided to play as a middle-order batter in IPL 2024. With that, Quinton de Kock and Devdutt Padikkla will be the two solid openers in the squad. In addition, Kyle Mayers is a solid backup opener that the team can always fall back to. 

Punjab Kings – PBKS Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: Shikhar Dhawan & Jonny Bairstow 

Backup Openers: Prabsimran Singh & Atharva Taide

For Punjab Kings, Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow make for a solid opening combination. These two will mostly open in all matches, if available. But in case any of these two are not available, Prabsimran Singh and Atharva Taide are good backup openers to fall back upon. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore – RCB Openers List for IPL 2024

Two Solid Openers: Virat Kohli & Faf du Plessis

Backup Openers: Will Jacks & Anuj Rawat

Finally, talking about Royal Challengers Bangalore, they undoubtedly have the best two openers in the tournament in the form of Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli. Both are solid openers that any team will want firsthand. What’s more, complementing these two are two more good backup openers in the form of Will Jacks and Anuj Rawat. 

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Sonal Jain

Sonal is an experienced cricket author with over 5 years of experience in the field. She follows Indian cricket to the core with a deep interest in the Indian Premier League, World Cup, IPL 2024, etc.