An opener plays a substantial role in putting the team on the front foot by scoring runs at a rate of knots. If an opener doesn’t provide an electrifying start, then it would put more burden on other batters, leading to batting collapse. When an opener sets up a perfect platform, then the team is certain to post a humongous total on the board.
As a result, it is absolutely imperative to assess the conditions quickly in order to stamp authority on the opposition. Teams with successful openers at their disposal are destined to perform well in the big tournaments to get desirable results.
Case in point, several openers made a name for themselves in international cricket. Let’s take a glimpse at the openers with most international centuries.
1. David Warner
Australia’s opening batsman David Warner is undoubtedly one of the best opening batters in the world. He comes first on the list with 48 international centuries.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as the best batsman in the world. He comes second on the list with 45 international centuries as an opener.
3. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hitters in the history of the sport. The Universe Boss comes third on the list with 42 international centuries.
4. Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya was known for his impeccable ability to score runs at a rate of knots during the playing days of his career. He comes fourth on the list with 41 international centuries.
5. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batters in the world. He comes next on the list with 40 international centuries.
6. Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden is considered one of the most dangerous batters during the playing days of his career. Hayden has scored a total of 40 international centuries.
Updated as of October 26, 2023*