The ODI World Cup 2023 has started with a bang as New Zealand thrashed the defending champions England by 9 wickets in the opening match of the tournament at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. New Zealand chased the target of 283 runs in just 16.2 overs losing one wicket. Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra put up a 273-run for the second wickets and won the game with 82 balls to spare.
However, it was only the first match and fans will be expecting more such partnerships in the rest of the tournament. Talking about the partnerships, there have been so many big partnerships by the batters in the history of ODI World Cup. Those partnerships were enough to create a difference between two sides. In this article, we will have a look at the top 10 highest partnerships (for every wicket) in the ODI World Cup throughout the years.
Top Highest Partnerships by Wicket in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
|2nd||273*||R Ravindra, DP Conway||New Zealand||v England||Ahmedabad||5 Oct 2023|
|1st||259||DA Warner, MR Marsh||Australia||v Pakistan||Bengaluru||20 Oct 2023|
|2nd||204||HE van der Dussen, Q de Kock||South Africa||v Sri Lanka||Delhi||7 Oct 2023|
|2nd||200||HE van der Dussen, Q de Kock||South Africa||V New Zealand||Pune||1 Nov 2023|
|2nd||194*||Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam||Pakistan||V New Zealand||Bengaluru||4 Nov 2023|
|2nd||189||Shubman Gill, V Kohli||India||v Sri Lanka||Wankhede||2 Nov 2023|
|2nd||180||KS Williamson, R Ravindra||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Bengaluru||4 Nov 2023|
|3rd||176||Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique||Pakistan||v Sri Lanka||Hyderabad||10 Oct 2023|
|1st||175||DA Warner, TM Head||Australia||v New Zealand||Dharamsala||28 Oct 2023|
|4th||165||KL Rahul, V Kohli||India||v Australia||Chennai||8 Oct 2023|
|3rd||159||R Ravindra, DJ Mitchell||New Zealand||v India||Dharamsala||22 Oct 2023|
|1st||156||RG Sharma, Ishan Kishan||India||v Afghanistan||Delhi||11 Oct 2023|
|2nd||151||JE Root, DJ Malan||England||v Bangladesh||Dharamsala||10 Oct 2023|
|6th||151||H Klaasen, M Jansen||South Africa||v England||Wankhede||21 Oct 2023|
Top 10 Highest Partnerships in ODI World Cup
|1.||Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle||West Indies||372||Zimbabwe|
|2.||Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid||India||318||Sri Lanka|
|3.||Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan||Sri Lanka||282||Zimbabwe|
|4.||Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra||New Zealand||273*||England|
|5.||David Warner and Steve Smith||Australia||260||Afganistan|
|6.||David Miller and Jp Dummy||South Africa||256*||Zimbabwe|
|7.||Faf du Plessis and HM Amla||South Africa||247||Ireland|
|8.||Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly||India||244||Namibia|
|9.||Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid||India||237*||Kenya|
|10.||Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn||Australia||234*||India|
Highest Partnerships by Wickets
|1.||Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan||Sri Lanka||Zimbabwe|
|2.||Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle||West Indies||Zimbabwe|
|3.||Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid||India||Kenya|
|4.||Brad Hodge and Michael Clarke||Australia||Netherlands|
|5.||David Miller and JP Duminy||South Africa||Zimbabwe|
|6.||Kevin O’Brien and Alex Cusack||Ireland||England|
|7.||Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni||India||New Zealand|
|8.||Dave Houghton and Ian Butchart||Zimbabwe||New Zealand|
|9.||SMH Kirmani and Kapil Dev||India||Zimbabwe|
|10.||Andy Roberts and Joel Garner||West Indies||India|
10. Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn (Australia) : 234 runs against India (2003 World Cup final)
The 10th name in the list is of the Australia pair which broke India’s hope of winning the World Cup in 2003. After being asked to bat first in the final of the 2003 World Cup in Johannesburg, Australia got a great start as Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden put up a partnership of 105 for the first wicket in just 14 overs. After the partnership was broken, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting took charge of the innings. Ponting was later joined by Damien Martyn and both the batter put up an unbeaten partnership 234 runs as Australia posted a mammoth total of 359 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in a world cup final. Ponting remained unbeaten after scoring 140 runs off 121, while Martyn scored 88 off 84. In the end, it turned out to be a huge target for India as they were bowled just 234 runs and lost the game by 125 runs. Australia successfully defended their title and emerged as World Champions for the third time.
9. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid (India): 237 runs against Kenya (1999 World Cup)
The next name in the list is of the Indian pair including two legendary cricketers from the country: Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. The duo put an partnership of 237 runs against Kenya during the league of the 1999 World Cup. Batting first in Bristol, India had a decent start as they lost the first wicket after 50 runs, and the second wicket after 92 runs. Then Sachin and Dravid took charge of the innings and added unbeaten 237 runs for the third wicket. India posted a total of 329 runs for the loss of 2 wickets, with Sachin top scored with 140 runs and Dravid unbeaten on 104 runs. In reply, Kenya could only score 235 runs losing 7 wickets and India won the match by 94 runs.
8. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (India): 244 runs against Namibia (2003 World Cup)
Another Indian opening pair makes appearances in the list of highest partnership in ODI World. This time, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly put up a partnership of 244 runs against Namibia during the 2003 World Cup match in Pietermaritzburg. Batting first, India got a fine start as Sachin and Virendra Sehwag added 46 runs for the first wickets. After Sehwag’s dismissal, Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly joined Tendulkar and they both put up a partnership of 244 runs for the second wicket. Tendulkar got out after scoring 152 runs off 151 balls, while Ganguly remained unbeaten on 112 off 119. India posted a total of 311 runs for the loss of 2 wickets, and Namibia were bowled out for just 130 runs, as Men in Blue clinch the victory by 181 runs.
7. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis (South Africa): 247 runs against Ireland (2015 World Cup)
The next name in the list of the pair from South Africa: Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla. During the 2015 World Cup fixture against Ireland in Canberra, South Africa lost their first wicket quickly at the score of 12 runs. After that, Amla and Du Plessis took charge of the innings and put up a mammoth partnership of 247 runs. Due to this partnership, and some power hitting by the other in death overs, South Africa posted a huge total of 411 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Hashim Amla got out after scoring 159 runs off 128 balls, while Du Plessis a run-a-ball 109 runs. South African bowlers also did their job well as they bowled Ireland out for 210 runs and Proteas won the game by 201 runs.
6. David MIller and JP Duminy (South Africa): 256 runs against Zimbabwe (2015 World Cup)
Another South African pair makes an appearance in the list from the 2015 World Cup. Batting first against Zimbabwe in Hamilton, South Africa didn’t had a great start as they lost 4 wickets for just 83 runs in 20.2 overs. After that David Miller and JP Duminy took charge of the innings and didn’t let any wicket fall for the rest of the innings. The duo put up an unbeaten partnership of 256 runs for the fifth wickets and Proteas posted a total of 339 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Miller remained unbeaten on a fiery 138 runs off 92 balls, while Duminy scored 115 runs off 100 balls. In reply, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 277 runs and South Africa won the match by 62 runs.
5. David Warner and Steve Smith (Australia): 260 runs against Afghanistan (2015 World Cup)
The fifth spot in the list belongs to the star batting pair from Australia,David Warner and Steve Smith. During the 2015 World Cup fixture against Afghanistan in Perth, Australia lost an early wicket at the score of 14 runs. After that, Warner and Smith took charge of the innings and added 260 runs for the second wicket. Warner got out after a fiery knock of 178 runs off 133 balls, while Smith fell short of his hundred by just five runs as he got out after scoring 95 runs off 98 balls. Apart from this, the 88-run from Glenn Maxwell and the finishing touches by Brad Haddin helped Australia to post a total of 417 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. In reply, Afghanistan were bowled out for just 142 runs and Australia registered a huge victory by a mammoth margin of 275 runs.
4. Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra (New Zealand): 273 runs against England (2023 World Cup)
The New Zealand pair makes entry in the list after their unbeaten partnership against England in the opening match of the ongoing 2023 World Cup in India. Batting first in Ahmedabad, England posted a total of 282 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Coming to chase the winning target, New Zealand lost their first at the score of 10 runs as Will Young went for a golden duck. After that, Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra took charge of the innings and didn’t let any wicket fall in the rest of the game. The duo put up a partnership of 273 runs for the second wicket as New Zealand chased the winning total in just 36.2 overs. Devon Conway top scored with 152 runs off 121 balls. While Ravindra also smashed a century on his World Cup debut as eh remained unbeaten on 123 runs off 96 balls.
3. Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka): 282 runs against Zimbabwe (2011 World Cup)
Now the Sri Lanka pair makes appearance in the list for the mammoth opening partnership against Zimbabwe during the 2011 World Cup fixture in Pallekele. After being asked to bat first, Sri Lanka had great start as Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan added 282 runs for the first wicket in 44.4 overs. Tharanga got out after scoring 133 runs off 141 balls, while Dilshan top scored 144 runs off 131 deliveries. Due to this partnership, Sri Lanka posted a total of 327 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. In reply, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 188 runs and Sri Lanka won the match by 139 runs.
2. Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid (India): 318 runs against Sri Lanka (1999 World Cup)
The second spot in the list belongs to Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid from India for their mammoth partnership against Sri Lanka during the 1999 World Cup fixture in Taunton. Batting first, India lost their first wicket in the very first over of the match. After that, Ganguly and Draivd took charge of the innings and put up a partnership of 318 runs for the second wicket. Ganguly registered his best ODI score as he got out after scoring 183 runs off 158 balls, while Dravid scored 145 runs off 129 balls. India posted a total of 373 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. In reply Sri Lanka were bowled out for 216 runs and Indian won the match by 157 runs.
1. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels (West Indies): 372 runs against Zimbabwe (2015 World Cup)
The first spot in the list belong to the West Indies pair which registered the highest ever partnership in ODI cricket and the World Cup. Batting first against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup fixture in Canberra, West Indies lost their first wicket in the very first over without any run on board. After that, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels took charge of the innings and put up a mammoth 372-run partnership for the second wicket. Gayle smashed his maiden ODI double hundred as he got out after scoring 215 runs off 147 balls. While Samuels remained unbeaten on 133 runs off 156 balls as India West Indies posted a total of 372 for the loss of 2 wickets. Chasing the winning total, ZImbabwe were bowled out for 289 runs and West Indies won the match by 73 runs.
These partnerships have left a huge impact on the ODI WORLD CUP history showcasing excellent teamwork and the brilliance of the greatest crickets around the world. The highest partnership in the 2023 ODI World Cup 2023 so far is 273 runs * for the second wicket of Rachit Ravindra and Devon Conway of New Zealand against England in Ahmedabad, India, on October 5, 2023. The incredible partnership got into the list of one the best performances that have been displayed in the ODI World Cup history that helped New Zealand win the match by a margin of 7 wickets.
As in the ODI world cup runs count, partnerships set formidable targets that chase down daunting totals by showcasing their capacity to smoothly manage pressure and maintain momentum. The upcoming match of the World Cup ODI will be scheduled on the 11th of October between India and Afghanistan in Delhi. The World Cup series would be held for 48 days starting from 5 October to 19 November 2023. As cricket continues to evolve, more dynamic duos will emerge, and challenge the previous records in future world cup tournaments. As the 2023 World Cup unfolds, present partnerships will be closely watched to determine the fate of the teams they represent playing their crucial role and shaping the narrative of the tournament.