Irrespective of formats, partnerships are critical to put up formidable totals and avoid batting collapse. Here we look at some of the biggest partnerships in the Indian Premier League and relive the batting heroics.
The List of 10 Biggest Partnerships in Indian Premier League
10. Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli
The jodi of the modern-day master and a promising prodigy in the opening duo of Kohli and Padikkal was quite instrumental in the success of the past 2 seasons for RCB. In the Wankhede stadium against RR, the pair went all guns blazing to demolish the hopes of RR troops. The young turk powered his way through to hit a marvelous ton and found great support from his skipper on the other end. RCB chased down the target unscathed as the pair added a mammoth 181 run opening stand.
9. Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis
2020 was a forgettable season for CSK. For a team that heavily relied on its openers, the Watson-Du Plessis combo was a misfire for Dhoni and Co. Despite all the successive failures, the openers finally played true to their reputation in the clash against KXIP in Dubai. Chasing a target of 179, the T20 stalwarts smashed the opposition bowlers all across the park. CSK won the match by 10 wickets, as the duo stitched a record opening wicket partnership of 181 runs.
8. KL Rahul and Mayank agarwal
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are dear buddies of each other both on and off the field. Their bromance reflected on their performances for KXIP as the Karnataka openers were the sole strongest link in their batting line-up. The duo had an unforgettable night in Sharjah as both the classy batters unleashed their firepower against the RR bowlers. Both of them added 183 runs on the scoreboard before Rahul departed. Mayank scored a ton but their valiant efforts went in vain after RR eased past in an epic run chase.
7. Gautam Gambhir and chris lynn
The veteran Indian southpaw had quite a few memorable partnerships with Aussie big-hitter Chris Lynn in IPL 2017. KKR were desperate for a win and were facing a struggling GL in Rajkot. Lynn went berserk as the ball kept sailing in every part of the stadium. Gambhir supported him equally well and the duo cruised to stitch a colossal stand of 184 runs and stayed unbeaten till the end.
6. David Warner and Jonny bairstow
SRH were hosting their South Indian rivals RCB in Hyderabad. As the pair of Warner and Bairstow walked into the field to open the innings, little did RCB fans know what would follow next. Bairstow looked unstoppable from the beginning, being at his destructive best in the powerplay. Warner soon joined the party as the RCB bowlers had no reply to resist the Hyderabadi openers. In a terrific display of aggressive strokes, Bairstow hit his maiden IPL century but Warner perished after scoring 70 runs off just 42 deliveries. They added 185 runs for the first wicket which remains the highest opening partnership in the history of IPL.
5. David Warner and Naman Ojha
Chasing a huge total of 188 back in 2012, DD lost their captain Sehwag early on. But fellow opener David Warner had other plans. The pocket-size dynamite bossed over the DC bowlers and was well backed by wicket-keeper batter Naman Ojha. Warner scored a stellar hundred as the duo stitched an unbeaten stand of 189 runs to win the match.
4. Chris Gayle and virat kohli
2012 was the year when a lot of teams were crushed by the GAYLE STORM. The bowlers of Delhi Daredevils faced the same fate in their encounter against RCB. Chris Gayle was at his blistering best and his blitzkrieg bulldozed Sehwag and his troops. In a partnership decked with gigantic sixes, Gayle in the company of young Kohli added an unvanquished stand of 204 runs. Kohli’s 73* runs off 53 deliveries was a classy knock and Gayle’s 128* runs off just 62 balls rightly proves why he is the “Universal Boss”.
3. adam gilchrist and shaun marsh
Rewind to IPL 2011. Two Aussie teammates put up a monumental partnership of 206 runs in the picturesque stadium of Dharamsala. Gilchrist alongside Shaun Marsh unleashed a barrage of 4’s and 6’s to knock over the RCB bowlers. Adam Gilchrist smashed 106 runs off just 55 deliveries while Marsh bludgeoned an unbeaten 79*.
2. Virat Kohli and A B DeVilliers
Virat Kohli-A B deVilliers are by far the celebrated pairs of the IPL. Two of the most exhilarating batters of their times, the duo has presented countless stunning batting performances that fans will never forget. In their contest against MI in Wankhede, RCB lost Gayle early on while batting first. In came Mr 360 to join King Kohli and the duo unleashed an unprecedented onslaught on the MI bowling attack. Both Kohli and AB slammed the ball all across the park in a terrific display of T20 batting. Kohli’s 82 and deVilliers hundred established a partnership of 215* runs – which still remains the highest unbroken stand in the history of IPL.
1. Virat Kohli and A B DeVilliers
The Same Duo.Similar Situation. But even more destruction against a different side. This time in their home ground. RCB was up against strong opposition in GL in IPL 2016. Gayle was struggling upfront and was soon bamboozled by Dhawal Kulkarni. Kohli was in divine touch in IPL 2017 and once again his foray of strokes kept the bowlers at bay. After DeVilliers walked into bat, spectators watched an array of innovative shots, ones they would have never believed existed until they saw them. Fans knew that the geniuses are at work, and history was in the making.
Both Kohli and ABD slammed centuries as the jodi went on to added 229 runs for the 2nd wicket partnership. It still holds the top spot amongst the biggest partnerships in the Indian Premier League. Kohli was dismissed in the death overs but it was already too late for GL to make a comeback. De Villiers stayed unbeaten for 129* runs off just 52 deliveries and was adjudged the Man Of The Match after RCB won the match by a huge margin of 144 runs.
|Virat Kohli and A B DeVilliers||RCB||GL||Bengaluru||229||2016|
|Virat Kohli and A B DeVilliers||RCB||MI||Mumbai||215*||2015|
|Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh||KXIP||RCB||Dharamsala||206||2011|
|Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli||RCB||DD||Delhi||204*||2012|
|David Warner and Naman Ojha||DD||DC||Hyderabad||189*||2012|
|David Warner and Jonny Bairstow||SRH||RCB||Hyderabad||185||2019|
|Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn||KKR||GL||Rajkot||184*||2017|
|KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal||KXIP||RR||Sharjah||183||2020|
|Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis||CSK||KXIP||Dubai||181*||2020|
|Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli||RCB||RR||Mumbai||181*||2021|
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