India has always had a domination in world cricket with its batting. India has been lucky to have rare opening woes like other teams have had. India has always had the kind of opening pairs that could destroy any bowling attack on will and play around with them.
From the classy pair of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin to the stylish elegance of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, Indian opening pairs in One Day Internationals have always been a delight to watch and have heavily contributed to India’s success in the format.
HERE ARE THE TOP 5 ALL TIME OPENING PAIRS OF INDIA WITH HIGHEST AVERAGES IN ONE DAY INTERNATIONALS
1.Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir
With an average of 50.54, this is the Indian opening pair with the highest average. Sehwag and Gambhir have always enjoyed playing with each other and it shows in the average they share between them.
The Delhi boys have five hundred plus partnerships between them with the highest being that of 201.
2. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar
6609 runs at an average of 49.32 and 21 hundred plus partnerships. This opening pair has destroyed bowling attacks for so long and was one of the classiest opening pairs ever. Sachin and Ganguly have opened with each other in 136 innings.
This is the opening pair with most runs in the history of One Day Cricket and the most successful opening pair ever.
3. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma
These two share an average of 46.7 runs between them having amassed 3177 runs together in 69 innings.
12 hundred plus partnerships and the highest of 178, this is a crucial pair for India and for the 2019 World Cup.
4. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag
This was the opening pair that led India to the 2011 World Cup win. Sachin and Sehwag have been a nightmare for bowlers especially the best bowlers in the world. They have always decimated the opposition together.
The two share an average of 42.3 having scored 3919 runs between them. This is one of the most famous opening pairs of all times.
5. Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly
Not many know that even these two have opened for India together in 43 innings averaging 39.6 with 5 hundred plus partnerships between them. This was one perfect right-hand and left-hand combination as both were very attacking and very fearless.
Which is your favorite from the tally?