#2 410 – Virender Sehwag & Rahul Dravid vs Pakistan at Lahore, 2006
Virender Sehwag is easily one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time not only in India but in world cricket. Apart from scoring big runs and changing the dynamics of batting at the top of the order, Sehwag also formed some iconic partnerships with other stalwarts in the Indian team during his career.
The most fruitful one among these was his 410-run stand alongside Rahul Dravid in a Test against Pakistan at Lahore in 2006. The home side had posted a mammoth score of 679 for 7 in their 1st innings thanks to centuries from Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal.
In what was a makeshift opening combination, Sehwag joined forces with Dravid to unleash a lethal attack on the Pakistani bowlers on a flat deck. As the Delhi batsman disdainfully smashed the bowling to all parts of the ground, his partner provided steady support from the other end.
Having amassed 254 off just 247 balls, Virender Sehwag eventually got out but not before he had added 410 runs with Rahul Dravid to produce the 2nd highest opening partnership in Indian cricket. The match, however, ended in a stalemate with just 8 wickets falling in 5 days of Test cricket.Published 09 Oct 2016, 18:56 IST