best opening pairs
Cricket is a game in which the start is the most important and vital part of the innings. It’s obvious that opening gives a clear idea about how the later part will shape. Always a team requires a solid partnership in the beginning to post a good total on board. The opening duos are the two main men upfront who have the responsibility to give the team boost to perform well.
The opening partnership is the root to success and for each team there were such an opening pair who made the task of their team pretty easy, may it be posting a huge score or chasing a mammoth total. Here is the list of Top 10 best opening pairs in cricket history.
Top 10 Best Opening Pairs in Cricket History
Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar – These two Indian openers were the best opening pairs the world has ever seen. The duo with their performance has mesmerized the world and it is still difficult to find such a great pair in cricket. This two played for India together for near about eleven years playing 136 innings and scoring 6,609 runs together. Highest partnership among them is of 258 runs. Together they have scored 21 hundred plus runs and 23 fifty plus runs. Till now this is the best opening pair in cricket history.
Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden– The Australian pair were also good as openers. Both were world class players, and due their start, Australia were so much successful. Gilchrist was the power hitter and Hayden did pace the innings, and both combined extremely well. They played for seven years together for Australia playing 114 innings and scoring 5372 runs. Highest partnership among this two is of 172 runs. Together they have scored 16 100 plus scores and 29 fifty plus scores. So this duo comes second in this list.
Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes– The two West Indies opener also fared as opener. It was often said that ‘GODs who opened for team of gods’. During the time when West Indies enjoyed prime ranking in cricket, it was very much due to the contribution from this two pair. They played around 12 years for West Indies playing 102 innings scoring 5150 runs. The highest partnership among them was of unbeaten 192 runs. They have 16 hundred plus runs and 24 fifty plus runs. So this pair is third in this list.