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Top 10: Most Partnership Runs as an Opening Pair in IPL

Cricket is a game of partnerships and for a batting team, the runs scored by openers are of paramount importance. This age-old saying is true in the IPL as well, and we have had several prolific batting duos at the top of the order. They form the fulcrum of a batting line-up for a franchise, and good starts provided by them will help their campaign go a long way.

Franchises that have had a consistent opening pair throughout a season or over a couple of seasons tend to find success in the IPL historically. So here in this article, we list down the top 10 opening pairs with the most partnership runs scored in IPL history.

Most Partnership Runs as Opening Pair in IPL

PartnersInnsTotal Partnership Runs50s/100sHighest Partnership Score
David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan (SRH)48222012/6139
Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli (RCB)3015537/5172
Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa (KKR)3914789/3121
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw (DC)4414619/2138
Jonny Bairstow, David Warner (SRH)2414017/5185
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (MI)3813981/13101
Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (PBKS)2413637/4183
Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith (CSK, GL)3813637/3123
Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay (CSK)34136011/2159
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma (MI)37126910/096

Key Insights

14: This is the number of opening pairs who have scored 1000 or more runs together in the IPL. Apart from the 10 mentioned here, CSK’s Devon Conway-Ruturaj Gaikwad, MI’s Ishan Kishan-Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul-Chris Gayle for PBSK and RCB, and GT’s Wriddhiman Saha-Shubman Gill are the other pairs to have achieved this feat.

2220 is the highest partnership tally by an opening pair, and it was amassed by Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner while opening for SRH. They also have had 6 100+ stands in the IPL, the most by any pair while averaging 47.23 in the process.

Also Read | The List of 200+ Partnerships in IPL

Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith have opened batting for 2 different sides in the IPL (Gujarat Lions and Chennai Super Kings).

185 is the second-highest partnership for the opening wicket in the IPL, and it was between Jonny Bairstow and David Warner while playing for SRH in 2019. Overall, KL Rahul and de Kock’s 210* runs stand is at the top of the list among opening stands.

58.37 is the batting average of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner when batting together, and this is the most for any opening pair with over 1000 IPL partnership runs. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul’s batting average of 56.79 comes next.

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