5 most prolific batting pairs for New Zealand across all 3 formats
Big totals are not ultimately dependant on the individual brilliance of a player but on the sort of partnerships that are forged between the different batsmen in the side. After all, there need to be two batsmen at each end and one man shows are rare in cricket.
In that regard, New Zealand has had their fair share of excellent batting pairs, who have helped the team by creating successful partnerships across the three rather disparate formats of the game.
The important thing to remember in this regard is, that these pairs need to be excellent Test match players and superb limited overs players, in addition to having the understanding to bat well as a pair for a sustained period of time.
Here is a look at 5 of the most successful Kiwi pairs.
#5 Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor
The former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has been one of the best batsmen in the team for around a decade and by the time he finishes, he will certainly be counted among the best batsmen the country has produced.
He has been a rock for New Zealand across the three formats of the game and one of the batsmen with whom he had formed an excellent partnership is the opener, Martin Guptill.
The right-handed opening batsman has become an integral part of the team and considering the fact that they both love to attack, the partnership has also been extremely fruitful for New Zealand. They have been involved in 95 partnerships in Tests, ODIs, and T20I's for New Zealand and have put together 3091 runs in total.
Taylor and Guptill have put up 11-century stands and as many half-century stands. The partnership has an average of 42.93.