Indian Cricket Team has seen a variety of great players who have helped the team win crucial matches. The Indian cricket team has witnessed a number of left-handed batsmen and they have proved quite beneficial to the team. Bowlers are not as comfortable, nor as proficient bowling left-handers and this is quite an advantage for them. Here a some best left-handed Indian openers of all time.
Sourav Ganguly: Sourav Ganguly is arguably the greatest ever left-handed batsmen to play for India in ODIs. He was a great match-winner and was considered to be one of the best ODI batsmen of his era. With his trademark sixes against spinners and cover drives against pacers, he was one of the most stylish batsmen of his generation.
Shikhar Dhawan: Shikhar Dhawan is by far the most explosive left-handed opener to play for India. Dhawan packs a punch with his attacking stroke play, getting the team off to some fliers. Once settled, the southpaw has the ability to score some big hundreds. He is a big tournament player and has won crucial games in major ICC events.
Gautam Gambhir: Gautam Gambhir has been one of India’s most dependable left-handers in the ODI arena. Gambhir is an attacking stroke maker who went about run-scoring at a quick pace. The left-hander formed a deadly opening pair with Virender Sehwag and often played the stabilizer’s role to perfection. Gambhir shall be best remembered for his valuable knocks in India’s successful campaign at the 2011 World Cup.
Nari Contractor: He had piled up 1611 runs at an average of 31.58 in 31 Tests. But more than his runs, the manner in which he scored these runs mattered. In 1959, against England, India made 168 runs and Contractor scored 81 of these runs and that too after getting his rib broken by a short-delivery.
These are some finest opening batsmen India has witnessed playing.