5 highest Indian partnerships in an overseas Test (outside Asia)
#4 Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar – 255 (Nottingham - 1996)
At #4 it’s once again, the pair of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar.
In 1996, India began the England tour with a 2-0 loss in the 3-match ODI series. And they lost the first Test comprehensively. They were also beaten by Derbyshire in a Tour game just before the second Test. However, the second Test helped India unearth two stars – Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
However, with a draw in the second Test, they were still trailing in the series. In the third Test (which was at Nottingham), India won the toss and batted first. However, they found themselves in some early trouble as they lost the first two wickets pretty early.
This bought Sourav Ganguly (who walked out at No. 3) and Sachin Tendulkar together at 33/2. And the way they batted was brilliant. They put on 255 for the third wicket and ensured that India didn’t lose another wicket on the first day.
Ganguly, fresh off a hundred on debut (at Lord’s) struck a superb 136 in his 6-hour stay at the crease. He hit 17 fours and 2 sixes. Tendulkar, on the other hand, scored a magnificent 177. In his 462-minute stay at the crease, Tendulkar hit 26 fours. The duo’s effort helped India get to 521 in their first innings.