From past few years Indianis struggling to find a opening pair that can be relied on to give a good start everytime the team goes on to bat. Here we will take a look at Top 10 opening partnerships for India in ODIs. There have been 3 instances when the opening partnership has scored over 200 runs. Let us take a look at Top 10 opening partnership here

Partners Runs Opposition Ground Match Date
Sourav GangulySachin Tendulkar 258 Kenya Paarl 24 Oct 2001
Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar 252 Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 7 Jul 1998
Gautam GambhirVirender Sehwag 201* New Zealand Hamilton 11 Mar 2009
Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar 197* Zimbabwe Sharjah 13 Nov 1998
Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag 196 West Indies Rajkot 12 Nov 2002
Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar 193 South Africa Johannesburg 5 Oct 2001
Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag 192 England Colombo (RPS) 22 Sep 2002
Ravi ShastriK Srikkanth 188 England Cuttack 27 Dec 1984
Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar 182 New Zealand Hyderabad 15 Nov 2003
Shikhar DhawanRohit Sharma 178 Australia Nagpur 30 Oct 2013

Stat updated till 29 Aug, 2014

Sachin and Sourav’s partnership of 258 runs is the highest opening partnership for India in ODIs. Following is the same pair with 252 runs against Sri Lanka and third 200+ opening partnership for India is by Gambhir and Sehwag of 201 runs against New Zealand.

Another thing to make note is that Sourav Ganguly is a part of 6 opening partnerships of the Top 10 for India. Following is Sachin who is in 5 of the Top 10. There is no denying that when India has Sourav and Sachin opening for the team, it was an golden era. This pair was replaced by Gambhir and Sehwag who did a good job but off late due to their bad form were dropped from the team.


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