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Highest partnerships in Tests

By Rajneesh Gupta
Last updated on: January 16, 2006 23:11 IST
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Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid set the best-ever partnership for any wicket for India against Pakistan on day four of the first Test in Lahore on Monday.

They eclipsed the 336-run stand set by Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar at Multan in the first Test of the last series in Pakistan in 2004.

Sehwag had then scored 309 while Tendulkar was unbeaten with 194.

The makeshift opening pair is now on the threshold of eclipsing the highest opening partnership -- Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad's 413, set against New Zealand, in Chennai in 1955/56.  

By close on day 4 of the ongoing Test, they were engaged in an unfinished partnership of 403. Sehwag was batting on 247 while skipper Dravid was unbeaten on 128.   

A look at the top opening partnerships in Tests:

Highest opening partnerships for India

Runs Players Vs Venue Season
413 MH Mankad Pankaj Roy NZ Madras 1955-56
403* V Sehwag R Dravid Pak Lahore 2005-06
218 V Sehwag G Gambhir SAf Kanpur 2004-05
213 SM Gavaskar CPS Chauhan Eng The Oval 1979
203 VM Merchant Mushtaq Ali Eng Manchester 1936
201 SB Bangar V Sehwag WI Mumbai 2002-03
200 SM Gavaskar K Srikkanth Pak Chennai 1986-87

Highest partnerships for India

Runs Wkt Players For Vs Venue Season
413 1st MH Mankad Pankaj Roy Ind NZ Madras 1955-56
403* 1st V Sehwag R Dravid Ind Pak Lahore 2005-06
376 5th VVS Laxman R Dravid Ind Aus Kolkata 2000-01
353 4th SR Tendulkar VVS Laxman Ind Aus Sydney 2003-04
344* 2nd SM Gavaskar DB Vengsarkar Ind WI Kolkata 1978-79
336 3rd V Sehwag SR Tendulkar Ind Pak Multan 2003-04
316 3rd GR Viswanath Yashpal Sharma Ind Eng Chennai 1981-82
303 5th R Dravid VVS Laxman Ind Aus Adelaide 2003-04
Note: At Chennai (Madras) in 1981-82, 415 runs were added for the third wicket against England by three batsmen. Dilip Vengsarkar had to retire hurt after adding 99 runs with Gundappa Viswanath, who added another 316 with Yashpal Sharma.

Highest partnerships for opening wicket

Runs Players For Vs Venue Season
413 MH Mankad Pankaj Roy Ind NZ Madras 1955-56
403* V Sehwag R Dravid Ind Pak Lahore 2005-06
387 GM Turner TW Jarvis NZ WI Georgetown 1971-72
382 WM Lawry RB Simpson Aus WI Bridgetown 1964-65
368 GC Smith HH Gibbs SAf Pak Cape Town 2002-03
359 L Hutton C Washbrook Eng SAf Johannesburg 1948-49
338 GC Smith HH Gibbs SAf Eng Birmingham 2003
335 MS Atapattu ST Jayasuriya SL Pak Kandy 1999-00
329 GR Marsh MA Taylor Aus Eng Nottingham 1989
323 JB Hobbs W Rhodes Eng Aus Melbourne 1911-12
301 GC Smith HH Gibbs SAf WI Centurion 2003-04

Highest partnerships against Pakistan

Runs Wkt Players For Vs Venue Season
446 2nd CC Hunte GStA Sobers WI Pak Kingston 1957-58
403* 1st V Sehwag R Dravid Ind Pak Lahore 2005-06
368 1st GC Smith HH Gibbs SAf Pak Cape Town 2002-03
336 3rd V Sehwag SR Tendulkar Ind Pak Multan 2003-04
335 1st MS Atapattu ST Jayasuriya SL Pak Kandy 1999-00
327 5th JL Langer RT Ponting Aus Pak Perth 1999-00
279 2nd MA Taylor JL Langer Aus Pak Peshawar 1998-99
277* 5th MW Goodwin A Flower Zim Pak Bulawayo 1997-98
269 2nd GStA Sobers CL Walcott WI Pak Georgetown 1957-58
269 4th GW Flower A Flower Zim Pak Harare 1994-95
269 1st MJ Slater GS Blewett Aus Pak Brisbane 1999-00
267 3rd MP Vaughan GP Thorpe Eng Pak Manchester 2001
259 2nd WB Phillips GN Yallop Aus Pak Perth 1983-84

Highest partnerships in Test cricket

Runs Wkt Players For Vs Venue Season
576 2nd ST Jayasuriya RS Mahanama SL Ind Colombo (RPS) 1997-98
467 3rd AH Jones MD Crowe NZ SL Wellington 1990-91
451 3rd Mudassar Nazar Javed Miandad Pak Ind Hyderabad 1982-83
451 2nd WH Ponsford DG Bradman Aus Eng The Oval 1934
446 2nd CC Hunte GStA Sobers WI Pak Kingston 1957-58
438 2nd MS Atapattu KC Sangakkara SL Zim Bulawayo 2003-04
429* 3rd JA Rudolph HH Dippenaar SAf Ban Chittagong 2002-03
413 1st MH Mankad Pankaj Roy Ind NZ Madras 1955-56
411 4th PBH May MC Cowdrey Eng WI Birmingham 1957
405 5th SG Barnes DG Bradman Aus Eng Sydney 1946-47
403* 1st V Sehwag R Dravid Ind Pak Lahore 2005-06

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