An opener plays a substantial role in providing an electrifying start to the game. He needs to absolutely make sure that he starts the innings quite confidently such that it gives him confidence going forward in the game. Besides that, it also gives a great deal of confidence to the team in the first place.
Having a great and well-established opener is always an added advantage to the team. Case in point, India have produced high-quality openers in their history. In this listicle, we will now look at the Indian openers with the most overseas centuries in international cricket.
1. Rohit Sharma
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has been highly rated as the best opening batsman across all three formats of the game in the present era. He comes first on the list as he scored the most overseas centuries in international cricket.
The veteran Indian cricketer has hit a total of 16 overseas centuries, the most by an Indian opener. Rohit Sharma hit 10 centuries in Tests, 30 centuries in One-Day Internationals whereas he hit 4 centuries in Twenty20 Internationals.
2. Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batters of all time. India’s batting great has been exceptional for the team during the playing days of his career both at home and overseas. He comes second on the list with 15 overseas centuries in his elite career.
On the other side of the coin, Sunil Gavaskar hit a total of 34 centuries in Tests and one century in One-Day Internationals.
3. Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan has been one of the finest opening batters for Team India. He was one of the very few batters who often performed in the clutch moments and in the big games for the country.
The experienced campaigner comes third on the list as he hit a total of 10 overseas centuries. Shikhar Dhawan has hit seven centuries in Tests and 17 centuries in One-Day Internationals.
Updated as of July 28, 2023*