We take a look at the Partnership records between the Opening pair In the World Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. We have also posted their experiences about playing wiith each other.
Sachin Tendulkar - Right hand mumbai maestro.
Sourav Ganguly - Left hand Bangal tiger.
Team : India
Innings : 176 (136 times opening) and counting!
Total runs : 6609
Average : 49.32/innings when they open together.
Century stands : 26 times over 100 and 29 times over 50 runs for the first wicket.
Note : 40 other times when Sachin-Sourav have batted together, but not as opening pair - aggregates 1668 runs. So, total runs made between these openers is 8277 with an average of almost 48!
Man of the match : 56 awards to Sachin Tendulkar (the most) and 31 for Sourav Ganguly (3rd most).
Highest : 258 (vs Kenya), 252 (vs SL), 244 (vs Namibia), 197 (vs Zimbabwe), 193 (vs South Africa), 175 (vs Australia).. thrice these two have won the match without being separated!
The first : time Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly opened for India, was at Bloemfontein - 23rd January 1997.. Sachin was himself the captain, and Ganguly was chosen as his partner because he batted lefthanded! Sachin made 0 that day-night match against South Africa, but Ganguly went on to impress with 40 off 64, and rest is history!
An adjustment : was made between Sachin-Sourav opening partnership cause Sourav Ganguly didn't believed in fast singles. Tendulkar did. Ganguly was guilty of eating up the over while in-form Tendulkar waited at the non-strikers end.. Thankfully, only 9 runouts have occurred between this best opening pair of one day International cricket.
The gift : of both Sachin & sourav was their hunger for centuries. 41 for Tendulkar & 22 for Ganguly proves that an opener must know how to carry his bat through the innings & not throw his wicket for half-centuries!
* Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly hold the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They have put together 6,609 runs in 136 matches that includes 21 century partnerships and 23 fifty run partnerships.
* The 20 century partnerships for opening pair is also a world record.
* Sachin Tendulkar has been involved in six 200 run partnerships in ODI matched – a record that he shares with Sourav Ganguly and Rahul dravid.
Sourav about opening with Sachin :-
“These were the moments of my career I always cherish. My batting wth Sachin in one-day internationals at the top was a huge learning experience “
Sachin about opening with Sourav :-
“We had terrific partnerships. there were tough moments too in the middle, when we discussed how and what to do to get out of the tight situations”