The Top-3 batsmen of any batting line-up in any format are considered to be most essential for any team as their performance can quiet often can make or break the match. When the number 1,2 and 3 score runs the team can score big runs, but if they fail to do so then the middle order is under a lot of pressure, which at times they can’t cope with and there is a continuous fall of wickets.

We have seen many instances when the first three batsmen of the team have done well and the team has come out to be victorious. Therefore today we will take a look at team innings when the first three players have scored most number of runs.

 

Team

Opposition

Runs

Players

Match Date

South Africa

West Indies

430

Amla, de Villiers, Rossouw

18 Jan 2015

New Zealand

Ireland

386

J Marshall, B McCullum, R Taylor

1 Jul 2008

India

New Zealand

343

Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly

8 Nov 2009

India

West Indies

341

Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina

8 Dec 2011

Australia

Scotland

336

Finch, S Marsh, Watson

3 Sep 2013

India

Australia

336

R Sharma, Dhawan, Kohli

16 Oct 2013

India

Sri Lanka

333

S Ramesh, S Ganguly, R Dravid

26 May 1999

Sri Lanka

India

325

U Tharanga, Jayawardene, Mathews

2 Jul 2013

Sri Lanka

India

317

U Tharanga, Dilshan, Sangakkara

15 Dec 2009

India

Kenya

312

Ganguly, Sachin, Sehwag

24 Oct 2001

Stat updated till 18 January, 2015

From the Top 10-list that we see above, only once it has been possible that all the three batsmen have scored a century in a single match and together the triplet of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Rossouw scored a record 430 runs.

On 5 instances we can see that the first three players of the batting line-up from India have scored a lot of runs. Indeed occupying 5 spots from the Top 10. This also shows proves why batting is the strength of India team. While Sourav Ganguly is featured thrice in this list Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Upul Tharanga have all made it to this list on two occasions.

When the first 3 players of the batting line up end up scoring 300 odd runs and 400+ runs we must definitely feel for the bowlers who would bowl 50 overs and be hammered all over the ground and still end up picking 1 or 2 wickets.

 

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