It takes two to tango, but it is not only the case with tango, even in the world famous game of cricket it requires a strong coordination and mutual effort of the two batsmen who are on the crease. Till date at least thousand ODI matches would have been played amongst the various countries, all across the globe. But there is a duo who is considered to be the world’s best opening pair in ODI cricket ever and that is of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
Sachin Tendulkar: Right hand Mumbai master blaster
Sourav Ganguly: Left Hand Bangal tiger
Innings: 176 (136 times opening) and still counting
Total runs: 6609
Average: 49.32/innings when played together
Centuries: 29 times over 50 runs and 26 times over 100
Man of the match: Sachin Tendulkar: 56 awards (the highest) and 31 for Sourav Ganguly (3rd most)
Highest: against Kenya 258, against Sri Lanka 252, against Namibia 244, against Zimbabwe 197, against South Africa 193, against Australia 175. They both have won the match three times without being separated.
First time when they were batting together on the crease was in 1997 at Bloemfontein on 23rd January. Sachin was the captain and Ganguly was chosen as the partner because he is a left hand batsman. That day Sachin’s performance was not up to the mark, he made 0 in that match, which was played against South Africa. But Ganguly performed exceptionally well and gave 40 off 64.
Competitor opening pairs: Gorden Greenidge & Desmond Haynes (5206 runs from 144 inns), Marvan Atapattu – Sanath Jayasuriya (5462 runs from 144 inns), Mathew Hayden – Adam Gilchrist (5182 runs from 108 inns).