Just like we made a list of the Top 10 Best partnerships by India in test cricket, now we will be making the same list for the ODIs as well. Since the ODI format is just 50 years old and not like test cricket which has been going on for almost 150 years, the sample size is relatively small but still there are some extraordinary partnerships in the history of Indian ODI cricket.
There have been some great batters In ODI cricket that have been Indians but a few among those greats have earned the stature to be called the Greatest of their generations and such batters have been involved in more history partnerships. So , let’s take a look at the Top 10 Best partnerships by India in ODIs.
1. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid (331 Runs):
We have discussed this extraordinary partnership between the two greatest of their generation before but it is so good that it makes a lot of the top 10 lists in ODI cricket. In this match both Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were in a run scoring mood and both of them were scoring at over 100 strike rate and Sachin made a sensational 186 runs and Rahul Dravid scored his Highest ODI score of 153 runs.
2. Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid (318 Runs):
Another legendary partnership In India’s ODI History and Rahul Dravid is the man again on there but this time his partner was Sourav Ganguly who put on a show for the ages at Taunton against Sri Lanka and he hit his highest ODI score of 183 and Rahul Dravid made an kursti 145 runs and their partnership helped India win the important world cup match.
3. Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja (175* Runs):
This is one of those partnerships that is talked about a lot because what these two batters did that day was simply astonishing. India were reeling before they came in and once they got their eyes in ,they showed no mercy to any bowler and both of these great batters scored amazing hundreds and India won this match.
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4. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar (256 Runs):
In this match against Kenya both Sourav and Sachin came out all guns blazing and had one of the best opening stands in India’s ODI history. Both scored attacking hundreds and India won the match quite easily in the end. These two were one of the most legendary pairs in history.
5. Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni (256 Runs):
Two old horses showing the world what they are made of. This partnership by the most dynamic duo in ODI history for India on this day was in a destructive mood against England and they smashed the Bowlers to all parts and both of them made incredible centuries with Yuvi getting his highest ODI score of 150 and MS Dhoni making 134 runs as well.
6. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar (252 Runs):
Another partnership featuring Sourav and Sachin on this list simply shows the stature of these two batters as ODI legends. Bowling attacks around the world feared then and they used to like on the runs and in this match Sri Lanka were the victims of their greatness as they again hit centuries each and won the match for India.
7. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (246 Runs):
This incredible partnership between the two modern greats of Indian cricket came in a run chase of over 320 runs and these two made it look like a walk in the park. Both wanted to finish the match quickly and that’s why they were hitting the ball to all parts. Virat Kohli made an outstanding 140 and Rohit Sharma stayed till the end to make yet another score of over 150+.
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8. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (244 Runs):
The third partnership featuring the same pair in the top 10 is unheard of but these two make it possible , it wasn’t for the opening stand this time but for the second wicket. Finding new words to describe their greatness is hard but they did what they usually do, hit hundreds when they bat together.
9. Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar (237*):
This partnership between the Wall and the God was for the 3rd Wicket in the 1998 world cup match against Kenya. India needed to up their scoring pace and these two did that expertly and as usual both of them made important hundreds for their country in an important match.
10. Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid (236 Runs):
In this match Ajay Jadeja got out early and it was up to Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid to stabilize the Innings and they did exactly that. They had a long partnership between them and rescued India and as a result both scored brilliant hundreds and India won the match in the end