The ICC Cricket World Cup has witnessed some of the most memorable moments in the history of the sport. Among these moments, partnerships between batsmen have often taken center stage, showcasing the skill and resilience of the players. Partnerships often play an important role in shaping the course of a match.
In this article, we delve into the archives of cricketing history to unveil the top five highest partnerships ever recorded in the ICC Cricket World Cup. These partnerships have left an indelible mark on the world of cricket.
Top 5 Highest ICC Cricket World Cup Partnerships
#5 David Warner and Steve Smith, 260 runs for 2nd wicket
Playing against Afghanistan in the 2015 ICC ODI Men’s World Cup at the WACA Ground, Steve Smith and David Warner wreaked havoc for the 2nd wicket. The duo accumulated a combined score of 260 runs, leading the Roos to a high score of 417/6. David Warner scored a total of 178 while Steve Smith amassed 95 off 98.
#4 Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra, 273* for the 2nd wicket
Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra hold the record for the highest not-out ICC ODI World Cup partnership at 273* against England. The duo individually scored their maiden centuries in the World Cup to lead the Blackcaps to a victory against the defending champions England in the opening game of the 2023 World Cup in India. Devon Conway scored 152* off 121 balls while Ravindra scored 123* off 96 balls.
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#3 Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan, 282 for the 1st wicket
The 2011 Sri Lankan team was a force to reckon with. Their journey to the final was led by a strong batting lineup which included the resilient opening tandem of TM Dilshan and Upul Tharanaga.
TM Dilshan scored 144 (131) and Upul Tharanga 133 (141) combined 282 runs for the opening wicket against Zimbabwe in a group match in the 2011 World Cup. The duo remained on crease until Tharanga fell in the 45th over and Dilshan followed suit in the successive over.
#2 Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, 318 for the 2nd wicket
Dada and The Wall held the record of the highest ICC Men’s ODI World Cup partnership for 16 years. The Indian pair combined 318 in the second wicket at the 1999 World Cup match against Sri Lanka. Ganguly scored 183 off 158 while Dravid managed 145 off 129 balls.
The pair’s joined effort enabled India’s smooth victory over Sri Lanka by 157 runs. Dada was awarded the Man of the Match for his high-scoring inning.
#1 Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, 372 for 2nd wicket
Christopher Henry Gayle and Marlon Samuels’s 372 partnership against Zimbabwe at the 2015 ICC World Cup is the highest partnership recorded in tournament history.
It should be said without saying that West Indies are deeply missed in this World Cup. Chris Gayle’s innings against Zimbabwe included his first-ever double-century in the World Cup, 215 off 147 balls. Marlon Samuels also secured a ton, 133* off 156 balls.