Top 10 Highest Partnership in ODI, T20 and Test Cricket

Highest Partnership

Highest Partnership: Even though there isn’t much room to bat in a 50-over cricket match, unlike in Tests, there have been some great partnerships over the years in the One Day International (ODI) format. Five ODI partnerships with more than 300 people have been made since 1999. Three of them were from 2015, and two of them had more than 350 runs.

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1. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels – 372 vs Zimbabwe, 2015

West Indies were favorites in their 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B encounter versus Zimbabwe. Dwayne Smith was out for a duck in the second ball, so Chris Gayle joined Marlon Samuels at 0/1. West Indies batted 50 overs. Chris Gayle scored 215 runs off 147 balls, striking 16 sixes. He was removed on the penultimate ball of his innings, missing a record for most sixes by a single player in a match. Marlon Samuels scored 133 in 156 balls.

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels posted 372/2, the highest ODI partnership ever. Windies won by 89 runs (D/L).

2. John Campbell and Shai Hope – 365 vs Ireland, 2019

Unsurprisingly, West Indies has the second-highest ODI partnership. This time, it was in Dublin in a 2019 tri-nation series. John Campbell and Shai Hope opened for West Indies. West Indies had 365 runs when Ireland claimed their first wicket in the 48th over.

John Campbell scored 179 runs in 137 balls with 15 fours and six sixes; Shai Hope scored 170 with 22 fours and two sixes (152 balls). West Indies scored 381 and Ireland 185.

3. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid – 331 vs New Zealand, 1999

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid formed India’s best ODI partnership in 1999. India wanted to bounce back after New Zealand won the opening ODI 1-0. Rahul Dravid joined Sachin Tendulkar at the crease in the second over, dismissing Sourav Ganguly.

The pair batted until the 48th over, putting up 331 runs when Rahul Dravid was out for 153, his greatest ODI score. Sachin Tendulkar finished unbeaten with 186, with 20 fours and 3 sixes. New Zealand was bowled out for 202 by India (376/2).

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels3722ndWest Indies vs Zimbabwe, 2015
John Campbell and Shai Hope3651stWest Indies vs Ireland, 2019
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid3312ndIndia vs New Zealand, 1999
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid3182ndIndia vs Sri Lanka, 1999
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman3041stPakistan vs Zimbabwe, 2018
Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das2921stBangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2020
Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya2861stSri Lanka v England, 2006
David Warner and Travis Head2841stAustralia vs Pakistan, 2017
Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla282*1stSouth Africa vs Bangladesh, 2017
Upul Tharanga and Tilakratne Dilshan2821stSri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 2011
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Highest Partnership in Test

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In the first Test against England at Lord’s, the pair overcame Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer to become the third-most prolific Test partnership, scoring 6,082 runs as Sangakkara scored his 36th Test century.

Here are the top Test batting partnerships. Please use the comments section to share your memories of watching these legends play.

5. Rahul Dravid & VVS Laxman (India)

Era: 1996-2012

Innings: 86

Runs: 4,065

Average: 51.45

Nobody in the history of the game has been as good at staying at the crease as the current generation of Indian batsmen. Six of them make up four of the top 10 partnerships.

It was fun to watch Laxman, whose initials were said to stand for “Very Very Special,” and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Dravid is on the list, since many tired and frustrated bowlers could attest to the truth of his nickname “The Wall”.

4. Matthew Hayden & Justin Langer (Australia)

Era: 1997-2007

Innings: 122

Runs: 6,081

Average: 51.53

Hayden and Langer led from the front in Australia’s all-conquering side at the turn of the century.

Langer was a gritty counterpart to Hayden’s dominance, but both were run-hungry. When Langer replaced Michael Slater at The Oval in 2001, the pair piled on 158 runs and never looked back, scoring 5,655 runs at the top of the order for a total of 6,081.

3. Mahela Jayawardene & Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

Era: 2000-Present

Innings: 113

Runs: 6,151

Average: 56.43

The silky Sri Lankan players are still going strong in Tests, even though they gave up the shorter format after winning the World Twenty20.

They are true all-time greats, each with more than 11,000 Test runs and an average of more than 50. More than a quarter of these runs have been scored with each other.

2. Gordon Greenidge & Desmond Haynes (West Indies)

Era: 1978-1991

Innings: 113

Runs: 6,151

Average: 56.43

Great fast bowlers made the West Indies the most feared side in the 1970s and 1980s, while Viv Richards is most vividly remembered for his batting flair. This explosive opening partnership often gave bowlers runs and let Richards to play his strokes.

Greenidge and Haynes are the only players on this list to have scored runs together in the 1980s, much alone the 1970s. They have 42 partnerships of 50 or more, the same number as Hayden and Langer, albeit not altogether as an opening combination. Greenidge and Haynes transformed two more 50s into 100s.

1. Rahul Dravid & Sachin Tendulkar (India)

Era: 1996-2012

Innings: 143

Runs: 6,920

Average: 50.51

As with Sangakkara and Jayawardene for Sri Lanka, India was lucky to have The Little Master and The Wall play much of their careers together.

Both in the top four run-scorers of all time, led by Tendulkar, they made more than 29,000 runs between them, and just under a fifth were made together. On 49 instances, their partnerships were worth more than fifty, or once every three innings. They also registered 20 centuries together, more than any other pair in Test history.

Highest partnership in T20

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Cricket partnerships build batting foundations. In the action-packed 20-over T20 format, scoring runs while keeping a high run-rate is vital. Twenty20 cricket was previously a game of power hitters with high strike-rates, but creating partnerships and crafting an innings has become more important.

Click to know more: Records that were broken during ongoing ICCT20WC 2022

Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani have the highest T20 partnership. They had a 236-run opening stand against Ireland on Feb. 23, 2019, which is a T20 record. Afghanistan’s 278 runs batting first are the equal most in men’s T20 cricket. Australia’s Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short owned the previous record. Two batted for 223 against Zimbabwe. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers had the highest Indian T20 League partnership.

In 2016, the two put on a 229-run second-wicket stand against Team Gujarat in Bengaluru. Bangalore reached 248/3 in 20 overs, the second-highest Indian T20 League total.

H Zazai, Usman Ghani
2361st wicketIrelandT20I
V Kohli, AB de Villiers
(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
2292nd wicketGujarat LionsT20 (IPL)
A Finch, D Short
2231st wicketZimbabweT20I
S Davizi, Dylan Steyn
(Czech Republic)
2201st wicketBulgariaT20I
V Kohli, AB de Villiers
(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
215*2nd wicketMumbai IndiansT20 (IPL)
Balaji Pai, Louis Bruce
213*1st wicketBulgariaT20I
S Iyer, SK Yadav
2133rd wicketSikkimT20 (Domestic)
Q de Kock, KL Rahul
(Lucknow Super Giants)
210*1st wicketKKRT20 (IPL)
K Akmal, S Butt
(Lahore Whites)
209*1st wicketIslamabadT20 (Domestic)
J Denly, Bell-Drummond
2071st wicketEssexT20 (Domestic)
M Stoinis, H Cartwright
(Melbourne Stars)
2071st wicketSydney SixersT20 (BBL)
A Gilchrist, S Marsh
(Kings XI Punjab)
2062nd wicketRoyal Challengers BangaloreT20 (IPL)
C GayleV Kohli
(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
204*2nd wicketDelhi DaredevilsT20 (IPL)
Babar Azam, M Rizwan
203*1st wicketEnglandT20I
M Wade, D Short
(Hobart Hurricanes)
2031st wicketAdelaide StrikersT20 (BBL)
M Juneja, A Malek
202*4th wicketKeralaT20 (Domestic)
C Gayle, B McCullum
(Rangpur Riders)
201*2nd wicketDhaka DynamitesT20 (BPL)
P Ingram, J How
(Central Districts)
2011st wicketWellingtonT20 (Domestic)
H Munsey, K Coetzer
2001st wicketNetherlandsT20I
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