In cricket, team game is very important as a single player can get the trophy for the team. Though we’ve seen players who performed brilliantly in the game and many times even a single player has scored enough runs to win a match, it doesn’t work out every time.
No matter it’s a test match, a T20 international, or an ODI, if all the teammates do not work together, things might not result in the team’s favor. In test cricket, we have seen a lot of players who performed exceptionally well and got the win for their team.
Test cricket is all about patience as the match is played for a long time and rather than playing aggressively, a player has to save his wicket. There have been some players who saved their wickets and made a very long partnership in their career. In this article, we’ll be discussing some of such big partnerships.
TOP 10 HIGHEST PARTNERSHIPS IN TEST CRICKET
10. Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie – The 10th biggest partnership in a test match was shown by the South African players in 2008. In a test series against Bangladesh, the South African players Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith were the ones who got the game. South African team was batting in the first innings where both of the players made a partnership of 415 runs.
The match was played in Chittagong Stadium in Bangladesh. In the match, Graeme Smith scored 232 runs in 277 balls and Neil McKenzie hit 226 runs. Graeme Smith was awarded win the player of the match award for his destroying performance of 232 runs.
9. Boeta Dippenaar and Jacques Rudolph – the nine places in the list of top 10 test partnerships are held by other South African players Jacques Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar. It was in 2003 in a test series match against the same country Bangladesh at the same ground Chittagong Stadium.
In the first innings, the South African team was batting first and the South African batsmen Rudolph and Dippenaar made a partnership of 429 runs in the match. The performances of both of the players were brilliant, Rudolph hit 222 runs with 29 fours and Boeta Dippenaar scored 177 runs with 25 fours. As a result, the South African team won the match against Bangladesh by a margin of 60 runs. Also, Rudolph was awarded man of the match for his outstanding performance.
8. Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera – the eighth position in the list is held by the Sri Lankan team who had their stalwart Mahela Jayawardene with them. It was a match against Pakistan that played in Karachi in the year 2009. It was a test series where both the players partnered for 437 runs in the match.
It was the first innings batting of the Sri Lanka team where both the players took the game one-sided. Jayawardene’s performance was brilliant with 240 runs where he hit thirty-two 4s. Not only Jayawardene but the other player Thilan Samaraweera was also on the top of his form, he scored 231 runs in the match, he was right behind Jayawardene on the scoresheet.
Unfortunately, even after the great game by both of them, the match was concluded draw as Younis Khan from Pakistan Team hit 313 runs in the match and took the player of the match award. It was a great match and was brilliant performances by both the teams.
7. Kumar Sangakkara and Marvan Atapattu – On the 7th position we have another two players from the Sri Lanka team. The record was made in the year 2004 when the Sri Lanka team was performing very well. It was a test series match against Zimbabwe which was played at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. In the first innings of the game, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Marvan Atapattu partnered for 438 runs.
It was a brilliant performance at that time and that’s the reason that game is there in our top 10 list. Kumar Sangakkara was considered a brilliant wicketkeeper at that time and with such a great batting performance, he was indeed a brilliant batsman too.
Sangakkara scored a total of 270 runs in the match while Marvan hit 249 runs. Undoubtedly, the Sri Lanka team won that match by a margin of 254, a little less than what Sangakkara scored that day. Also, Sangakkara was the man of the match.
6. Sir Garry Sobers and Sir Conrad Hunte – On the sixth place, we have the great West Indian cricketers of old times, the time when there were no sponsorships and endorsements. The match was played in 1958, in the era of black and white.
It was West Indies against Pakistan, a test series which was played in Jamaica. In the match, West Indies players Sir Garry Sobers and Sir Conrad Hunte were the big scorers who partnered for 446 runs.
The partnership was made in the first innings of the match where Sir Garry Sobers went for destructive 365 runs and Sir Conrad Hunte hit 260. As a result of the outstanding scores, the West Indies got the game by 174 runs. Also, Garry Sobers was the man of the match for the 365.
5. Javee Miandad and Mudassar Nazar – For the fifth place, we have former Pakistani players Mudassar Nazar and Javed Miandad who made a partnership of 451 runs. It was a test series against Sri Lanka wherein the 4th match of the series which was played in Hyderabad’s Niaz Stadium, the players partnered for 451 runs in which Mudassar Nazar scored 231 runs and Javed Miandad hit 280 runs.
Also, they hit the score in the first innings of the match. Both Nazar and Miandad hit 21 and 19 fours respectively. Pakistan team won the match by 119 runs and Javed Miandad announced man of the match for his destructive 280 runs.
4. Bill Ponsford and Sir Don Bradman – For the next position we have the partnership of Bill Ponsford and the greatest Sir Don Bradman. Sir Don Bradman was the legendary player from the Australia team who made many records in his career.
It was a match of the Ashes Series against England which was played in 1934, in the very old times when there were fewer rules. The match was played in London, the Kennington Oval Ground. In the first innings of the game, Sir Don Bradman and Bill Ponsford from the Australian team made a partnership of 451 runs.
In the game, Sir Don Bradman hit 244 runs with 32 fours while Bill Ponsford went for 266 runs with 27 boundaries. In the end, the Australian took home the win by a margin of whopping 562 runs, more than what Sir Don Bradman and Bill Ponsford scored.
3. Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones – So for the top three positions, we have the New Zealand team’s Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe. In the first test match of the Test series against Sri Lanka which was played at the Reserve Ground, Wellington in the year 1991, the New Zealand team’s stalwarts Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones made a partnership of 467 runs.
The score was made in the second innings of the team. Andrew Jones hit 186 runs in the match while the other guy, Martin Crowe made 299 runs with 29 fours. The guys performed great in the match but unfortunately, their efforts couldn’t get the win for the team. The match was a tie. However, Matin Crowe from New Zealand was declared man of the match as he hit 299 runs in the game.
2. Roshan Mahanama and Sanath Jayasuriya – As we have already said, the Sri Lanka team has one of the best men in the world and they pulled off big milestones in the earlier times. We have three partnerships out of 10 from Sri Lanka. It was the first test match of the Test series against India played in 1997 at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium.
In the match, the Sri Lankan team came to bat first in the first innings and Sanath Jayasuriya alongside Roshan Mahanama partnered for whopping 576 runs. The score was really big, no doubt it is one of the top 10 partnerships in the history of test cricket.
In the match, Sanath Jayasuriya hit 340 runs with 36 fours while Roshan Mahanama made 225 runs in the match. However, it was very unfortunate of the Sri Lankan players that despite showing such an outstanding performance, the match was declared a draw. In the end, Jayasuriya was announced player of the match for his stunning score of 340 runs.
1. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara – For the 4th time, we have a Sri Lankan duo who hit made one of the biggest partnerships of the century. It seems like the Sri Lankan team did have brilliant players in the team, especially the batsmen. The match was played in the year 2006 against South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.
In the first test of the series, the Sri Lankan legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene made a partnership of whopping 624 runs. It was the biggest partnership in the history of test cricket and after 17 years, no one could have broken it. Out of the 624 runs partnership, Kumar Sangakkara hit 287 runs where he hit 35 fours and the other player Mahela Jayawardene scored 374 runs with 43 fours.
It was a brilliant performance which got the win for the team. Also, Mahela Jayawardene was declared the man of the match for his outstanding show. The two batsmen are on the top of the shelves with the brilliant partnership and will be there for a very long time.
WHAT IS THE HIGHEST OPENING PARTNERSHIP IN TEST CRICKET
We have already discussed some of the biggest partnerships in test cricket. But they were the biggest but not the opening partnership. The partnerships were made on the 2nd or 3rd wicket or even later. So, let talk about the biggest opening partnership in the history of test cricket.
The highest opening partnership in test cricket history was made by the South African players Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith. It was a match again Bangladesh which was played in 2008. The game was played in Chittagong stadium where both the players partnered for 415 runs.
From the South African team, Graeme Smith hit 232 runs while Neil McKenzie went for 226 runs. Also, Graeme Smith was declared as the man of the match.
HIGHEST TEST PARTNERSHIPS BY INDIAN PLAYERS
From the Indian team, the highest partnership was pulled off by Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy. They were the opening players of the game. It was a match against New Zealand which was played in 1956. Both the players partnered for 413 runs in the game.
It was the first innings of the match where Vinoo Mankad hit 231 and Pankaj Roy hit 173. Vinoo’s stunning performance got him a man-of-the-match award. The team won the match by 219 runs.
It was the highest record in the test cricket history which no one could break for whopping 50 years. For long 50 years, the partnership was the highest opening partnership in the history of test cricket which was unfortunately broken by South African players Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith in the year 2008 against Bangladesh where they made a partnership of 415 runs.
So, do you think the highest test cricket partnership between Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will ever be broken?