Have you ever seen one of the players being promoted to bat up in the order? This is something we witness quite commonly nowadays. A batter is sent before others, generally to score runs at a quicker rate and put pressure on the bowlers. This is one concept where we see that if a batter is not able to score quick runs from one end, then he is sent a partner who could improve the run rate. Building successful partnerships includes many such concepts. These successful partnerships allow the batting team to dominate the game. The Indian batters have played some great knocks together and brought pride to their nation. In this article, we will take a look at these biggest partnerships for India in ODIs.
1. Sachin Tendulkar And Rahul Dravid Vs. New Zealand
We begin this with Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s 331-run stand against New Zealand. While touring New Zealand in 1999, both batters registered a 150+ runs knock to post a total of 376 runs on board. In reply, New Zealand could score only 202 runs and lost the match by 174 runs.
2. Sourav Ganguly And Rahul Dravid Vs. Sri Lanka
On number two, we have Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid with their knock of 318 runs. The second wicket partnership came against Sri Lanka during the ICC World Cup of 1999. The duo guided India to a total of 373 runs. Following this, the Indian batters restricted Sri Lanka to only 216 runs and registered a victory by 157 runs.
3. Virat Kohli And Ishan Kishan Vs. Bangladesh
Next up on the list are Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan, who stitched a partnership of 290 runs while touring Bangladesh in 2022. While batting first, the Indian batters put up a mammoth total of 409 runs as Ishan recorded his maiden ODI double-century. After being bowled out for only 182 runs in the second innings, Bangladesh lost the match by 227 runs.
4. Ajay Jadeja And Mohammad Azharuddin Vs. Zimbabwe
On the fourth spot, we have Ajay Jadeja and Mohammad Azharuddin’s unbeaten knock of 275 runs. In the fifth match of the 1998 Pepsi Triangular Series, India put up a total of 301 runs on board. In response, Zimbabwe could score only 269 runs before getting bowled out in the 49th over.
5. Sachin Tendulkar And Sourav Ganguly Vs. Kenya
Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly’s opening knock of 258 runs against India stands in the fifth position on this list. While playing against Kenya in the 2001 Standard Bank Triangular Tournament, India successfully defended their total of 351 runs by restricting the opposition to only 165 runs.
6. Yuvraj Singh And Ms Dhoni Vs. England
Making it to the sixth place on this list, we have Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, who put together a score of 256 runs for the fourth wicket against England. In this second ODI match of England’s tour of England, India registered a 15-run victory over the visitors as they defended their score of 281 runs.
7. Sachin Tendulkar And Sourav Ganguly Vs. Sri Lanka
On number seven, we have Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly with their 252-run opening stand against Sri Lanka in the 1998 Singer-Akai Nidahas Trophy. The pair helped India in putting up a total of 307 runs on the board. The close match ended in India’s favor as they won in the last over by only six runs.
8. Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli Vs. West Indies
The 246-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli stands in the eighth position on this list. In the first ODI of West Indies tour of India, the home team was presented with a target of 322 runs which they successfully chased down in the 43rd over with eight wickets still in hand.
9. Sachin Tendulkar And Sourav Ganguly Vs. Namibia
On the ninth spot of this list, we have Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly’s 244-run knock from the 2003 ICC World Cup match against Namibia. The Indian batters put up a score of 311 runs on the board. Following this, a fine bowling performance from the Indian bowlers restricted Namibia to only 130 runs.
10. Sachin Tendulkar And Rahul Dravid Vs. Kenya
Last but not least, we have Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s unbeaten stand of 237 runs making its way to the final spot on this list. The third wicket partnership came against Kenya in the 1999 ICC World Cup. After scoring 329 runs in the first inning, India defeated Kenya by 94 runs.