Best Partnerships by Openers in ODI World Cup
For any team, openers are the ones who set the tone of the whole game. If the openers provide a good start, the coming batsmen will play good, aggressive cricket in turn. But if openers collapse, the whole team goes on the back foot and the middle order has to play defensive cricket. The record shows that the best partnerships by openers helped the teams in winning crucial matches. We can take the example of the Pakistani team to understand the importance of the best partnerships by openers. For Pakistan, after Saeed Anwar and Amir Sohail, no other opening pair has tasted success, as a result the graph of Pakistan’s team has gone down.
|1||Saeed Anwar + Wasti||194|
|2||G Kristen + AC Hudson||186|
|3||RB mMcCosker + A Turner||182|
|4||G Kristen + Harshal Gibbs||176|
|5||DL Haynes + Brian Lara||175|
|6||DL Haynes +SFAF Bacchus||172|
|7||Adam Gilchrist + Matthew Hayden||172|
|8||A Jadeja + Sachin Tendulkar||163|
|9||Graeme Smith + AB de Villiers||160|
|10||Sadiq Muhammad +Majid Khan||159|
The sport of Cricket has changed in a lot of ways in recent past. The last two decades have seen the sport becoming really aggressive and attacking in playing approach. However, the importance of Opening batting pair in cricket is still as vital as it was many decades back. ODI openers partnerships become even more important when the games are as crunch as World Cup matches.
ICC World T20: Best Partnerships World Cup Wise
The importance of partnerships in a cricket match cannot be ruled out. The best example in this regard is 1992 Cricket World Cup final where Pakistan batting first was in troubled waters due to the fall of early wickets but an outstanding partnership between skipper Imran Khan and sweep shot King Javed Miandad led Pakistan to win the World Cup against England.
Partnerships at the crease have their own significance not only in Test cricket and ODIs but even in T20 game. Looking at the best partnerships at the 2007 ICC World T20, Chris Gayle and DS Smith’s match winning first wicket partnership of 145 runs for West Indies did not do any wonders for them. With the fall of first wicket, West Indies batting line fell like a pack of cards against South Africa at Johannesburg.
During 2009 ICC World T20, most runs partnership record is held by Tilikaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasurya of Srilanka who made first wicket partnership record of 124 runs against West Indies.
Mahela jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara holds the second wicket partnership record of 166 runs against West Indies during 2010 ICC World T20.None found.