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
|Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar||258||Kenya||Paarl||24 Oct 2001|
|Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar||252||Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)||7 Jul 1998|
|Gautam Gambhir, Virender 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 Shastri, K Srikkanth||188||England||Cuttack||27 Dec 1984|
|Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar||182||New Zealand||Hyderabad||15 Nov 2003|
|Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit 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.