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Top 10: Highest Partnerships in ODI World Cup History

Since cricket is a team sport, it requires everyone to contribute to the team’s cause in one way or another. And one such important aspect is building firm batting partnerships while playing in ODIs.

A strong batting partnership becomes even more crucial when teams are playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Batters have to play through tough situations and stitch partnerships to help their team put a mammoth score on the board.

In the 2015 edition, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels went on to build the highest partnership in the history of the ODI World Cup by scoring 372 runs together.

Do you want to know more about this partnership? Then read on, and let’s take a look at the top 10 highest partnerships in the ODI World Cup.

Highest Partnerships in ODI World Cup

Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle (WI)3722ndZimbabweCanberra24 Feb 2015
Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid (IND)3182ndSri LankaTaunton26 May 1999
Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)2821stZimbabwePallekele10 Mar 2011
Rachin Ravindra, Devon Conway (NZ)273* 2ndEnglandAhmedabad5 Oct 2023
David Warner, Steve Smith (AUS)2602ndAfghanistanPerth4 Mar 2015
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (AUS)2591stPakistanBengaluru20 Oct 2023
David Miller, JP Duminy (SA)256*5thZimbabweHamilton15 Feb 2015
Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla (SA)2472ndIrelandCanberra3 Mar 2015
Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly (IND)2442ndNamibiaPietermaritzburg23 Feb 2003
Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (IND)237*3rdKenyaBristol23 May 1999

Key Stats

372: This is the highest batting partnership ever achieved in the World Cup. The West Indies’ mighty Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels were the destructors against Zimbabwe in a group match in 2015.

While batting first, the Windies lost their first wicket on the second ball of the innings. Then Marlon Samuels joined Gayle at No. 3, and both made sure that no further wickets fell, although Gayle lost his wicket on the final delivery of the innings.

Gayle utilised his power-hitting and notched up a wonderful double century in the pinnacle event. With that, he became the first batter to score a double ton in the World Cup. Samuels, on the other hand, crafted a composed century.

2: The 50-over tournament has seen only two 300+ partnerships since its inception in 1975. Apart from the above partnership, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid stitched together a 318-run partnership that helped India secure a thumping victory over Sri Lanka.

3: Sourav Ganguly, India’s former captain, and Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka’s opener, both feature in three 200+ partnerships for their respective teams in the ODI World Cup. Ganguly has partnered with Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virender Sehwag, while Dilshan has partnered twice with Upul Tharanga and once with Kumar Sangakkara. Dilshan and Sangakkara also shared one more partnership (195) that was just 5 runs shy of the 200 mark.

15: More than 15 200+ partnerships have been formed in the Cricket World Cup.

1: Out of those 200+ partnerships, only 1 belongs to batters from an associate team. The Netherlands batters Feiko Kloppenburg and Klaas-Jan van Noortwijk built a crucial partnership of 228 runs against Namibia that eventually helped the Dutch team register their first win in ODI cricket.

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