A good score scored by a team basically depends on the opening partnership. The opening partnership creates the rock solid base of the team score. A good headstart is expected from every opening partnership in a cricket match. If they give a good momentum, the middle order batsmen could play without any headache, otherwise they have to play cautiously. There are many legendary opening partners who cannot be replaces by any other batsmen from the history book. Let’s take a look on those One Day International opening partnership which scored highest.

5. Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar (India):

This legendary partnership of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have many famous partnerships to their name and their opening stand of 252 runs against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 1998 ranks at the 5th Spot in the highest ODI opening partnership.

Sourav Ganguly is famous for his style, Aggressive attitude. When he took over the captaincy after the match-fixing exposes in 2000, he quickly proved to be a tough, intuitive and uncompromising leader.

4. Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar (India): This partnership is one of the most legendary partnership in the cricket history. They had a high level bonding between them. They scored two times highest ODI opening partnership. They scored 258 runs against Kenya at Paarl on October, 2001. 

There were no evident weaknesses in Sachin’s game. He could score all around the wicket, off both front foot and back, could tune his technique to befit every condition, spirit his game to suit every situation, and made runs in all parts of the world in all conditions.

3. James Marshall, Brendon McCullum (New Zealand): James Marshall and Brendon McCullum scored 3rd highest opening partnership runs. They got 274 runs against Ireland in 2008 at Aberdeen.

The adaptable James Marshall can play as both opener and middle-order batsman. He played 10 matches in his career. He last played ODI in 2008.

Assertive, savage and brilliant to watch, Brendon McCullum can contusion bowling attacks like few other men in international cricket. He made his ODI debut against Australia in 2002.

2. Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka): Tharanga Dilshan pair scored 282 runs against Zimbabwe at Pallekele in 2011. This runs helped them to get the second position in this list.

Upul Tharanga‘s call-up to the national one-day squad in July 2005, the black year as Tsunami hit his family in that year.Tharanga made his ODI debut against West Indies. He played total 175 matches.

With his persistent aggression, strong wrists and natural timing, Tillakaratne Dilshan is one of the most exciting batsmen in the game. Dilshan’s abundant talent was never in doubt from the moment he made his debut.

1. Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka): Another Sri Lanka pair, Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga is leading in this list with a score of 286 runs.

Sanath Jayasuryia was one of the prolific and successful batsman of his era. After Arjuna Ranatunga‘s ouster, there was a four-year spell as captain that ended with a semi-final aspect at the 2003 World Cup, and just as the murmurs grew about declining returns with the bat, he had one of his most successful years in 2004.

Opening Batsmen



Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga

Sri Lanka


Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan

Sri Lanka


James Marshall, Brendon McCullum

New Zealand


Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar



Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar