One is never short of examples of some of the greaTest fast bowlers from the West Indies. The West Indies have had a rich history of producing some of the all-time great bowlers. However, they have also had some spectacular batters over the years who have mesmerised and entertained one and many. In the article below, we shall name some of the best and highest partnerships scored by West Indies’ players in Test cricket.
1. Conrad Hunte And Garry Sobers
Conrad Hunte, an opening batter, and Garry Sobers, a top-order batter, hold the record for the highest partnership by West Indies players in Test cricket. They achieved this milestone in 1958 in the second Test of the series against Pakistan at Kingston. The duo put 446 runs on the board for the second wicket partnership.
2. Garry Sobers And Frank Worrell
The second partnership to feature on the list is from the 1960 Test match against England at Bridgetown. Garry Sobers and Frank Worrell were the two batters involved in a massive 399-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Their partnership helped the West Indies post 563 runs on the board and take a first innings lead.
3. Denis Atkinson And Clairmonte Depeiaza
The next partnership to feature on the list is between Denis Atkinson and Clairmonte Depeiaza. This partnership took place in 1955 against Australia at Bridgetown. The duo put up a 347-run partnership for the seventh wicket, chasing a massive 668 runs put up by Australia in the first innings. In total, Atkinson scored 219 and Clairmonte scored 122 runs.
4. Everton Weekes And Frank Worrell
In the 1954 England tour of the West Indies, Everton Weekes and Frank Worrell hit one of the West Indies’ highest partnerships in Test cricket till date. It was the fourth Test match of the series and, batting first, the West Indies put up a huge 681 runs on the board in the first innings. The duo scored 338 runs for the third wicket and helped the team post such a huge first innings score.
5. Chris Gayle And Ramnaresh Sarwan
The next partnership on the list is between Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan from the 2005 Test match against South Africa at St. John’s, Antigua. Chris Gayle scored one of his two Test match triple hundreds for West Indies in this match. Gayle and Sarwan together scored 331 runs for the second wicket.
6. Darren Bravo And Marlon Samuels
Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels are the next two to feature on the list. In 2012, in the third Test of the series against Bangladesh at Khulna, the duo scored 326 runs for the third wicket. While Bravo scored 127 runs and Samuels scored 260 runs in the innings, they both contributed to West Indies’ scoring 648 runs in the second innings.
7. Brian Lara And Jimmy Adams
Brian Lara and Jimmy Adams were involved in a 322-run partnership against Australia in 1999 at Sabina Park, Kingston. Australia put 251 runs in the first innings and the West Indies in reply started pretty badly, with the top-order failing completely. However, then came Lara and Adams, who put together a 300-plus partnership for the fifth wicket and helped the team take a first innings lead.
8. Viv Richards And Richie Richardson
Viv Richards and Richie Richardson put on a 308-run third-wicket stand in the fourth Test of Australia’s 1984 tour of the West Indies at St John’s, Antigua. Richie scored 154 runs and Viv scored 178 runs in the second innings to help West Indies score 498 runs and take a healthy first innings lead.
9. Viv Richards And Alvin Kallicharran
The next partnership is from the 1976 West Indies tour of England. It was the first Test of the series held in Nottingham, and after winning the toss, the West Indies elected to bat first. West Indies scored 494 runs thanks to a 303-run third-wicket partnership between Viv Richards and Alvin Kallicharran.
10. Gordon Greenidge And Desmond Haynes
The next duo to feature is the famous West Indian opening pair of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. The duo put together a 298-run opening partnership against England in the fifth Test of the series in 1990 at St. John’s, Antigua. In all, Gordon scored 149 runs and Haynes 167 in total to help the West Indies score 446 runs in the second innings and take a first-inning lead.