5 highest partnerships for India in Tests
The Indian team has always been known for giving the cricketing world some of its finest batsmen. Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar among others dominated bowlers from other teams during their time and their legacy is being carried forward by the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
One of the most striking aspects about India’s batting over the years has been the formation of some iconic partnerships which tilted matches in favour of the team. These great collaborations between the country’s batsmen have come in both home and away Tests and also in several different types of scenarios.
Here is a closer look at the 5 highest partnerships in terms of runs for India in Tests:
#5 365 – Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane vs New Zealand at Indore, 2016
The most recent great partnership between two batsmen from India has been witnessed during the ongoing Test against New Zealand at Indore. A 365-run stand for the 4th wicket involving two batting stalwarts of the current Indian Test line-up, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, has put the hosts in complete control of the 3rd and final Test of the series.
At 100 for 3 in 36 overs, the Indians were certainly not in a comfortable position after winning the toss and batting first. It is at this time that Rahane joined his skipper, who was batting on 16, with Cheteshwar Pujara falling for 41.
What followed is bound to become another memorable chapter in India’s rich cricket history as the duo went on build an epic partnership of 365. While Virat Kohli scored his second double century (211) before getting out and ending their association, Ajinkya Rahane narrowly missed on his first by just 12 runs.
The two prolific batsmen surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman’s 353 at Sydney in 2004 to register the highest 4th wicket partnership for the Indian team in Tests. The home side eventually declared with a mammoth score of 557 for 5 on the board, leaving the Kiwis with an uphill task of trying to match it.