Despite the limited scope of batting in a 50-over cricket match, unlike in Tests, the One Day International (ODI) format has seen some magnificent partnerships over the years.

There have been five partnerships of over 300 in ODIs, all of them forged since 1999. Three of these came from 2015, with two exceeding the 350-run mark.

Here are some details about the highest partnerships in ODIs.

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels – 372 vs Zimbabwe, 2015

Batting first in their pool B match of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup at Canberra against Zimbabwe, West Indies were the clear favourites. However, opener Dwayne Smith was dismissed for a duck in just the second ball and Chris Gayle had to join Marlon Samuels with the score reading 0/1.

The West Indies went on to bat the entire 50 overs. Chris Gayle smashed 215 runs off just 147 balls, hitting 16 sixes, and was dismissed on the last ball of the innings as went for what would have been a record number of maximums by a single player in a match. Marlon Samuels, meanwhile, scored a relatively sedate 133 not out in 156 balls. 

West Indies posted a mammoth 372/2 with Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels recording the highest partnership in ODI to date with 372 runs. The Windies went on to win the match by 89 runs (D/L method).

John Campbell and Shai Hope – 365 vs Ireland, 2019

The second-highest partnership in ODIs is, quite unsurprisingly, attributed to West Indies again. This time, it was in Dublin against Ireland in a tri-nation series in 2019. West Indies were batting first with John Campbell and Shai Hope as the opening pair. Ireland got their first wicket only in the 48th over and by that time West Indies had already put up 365 runs on the board.

While John Campbell scored 179 runs, hitting 15 boundaries and six sixes, in 137 balls, Shai Hope whacked 22 boundaries and two maximums to score 170 runs (152 balls). West Indies put up 381/3 and dismissed Ireland for 185.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid – 331 vs New Zealand, 1999

India’s highest partnership in ODI was forged by Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid during New Zealand's tour of India in 1999. After the Kiwis took a 1-0 lead in the first ODI, India were looking to bounce back in the second ODI in Hyderabad. Batting first, Sourav Ganguly was dismissed in the second over when Rahul Dravid joined captain Sachin Tendulkar at the crease.

The duo kept batting till the 48th over, forging a partnership of 331 runs, following which Rahul Dravid was dismissed for a run-a-ball 153, his highest ODI score. Sachin Tendulkar remained unbeaten at the end with 186, which had 20 boundaries and three sixes. India scored 376/2 and wrapped up New Zealand for 202 runs.

ODI partnerships record progression

The first-ever 200-run partnership in ODI was forged in 1979 between West Indies’ Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards against Australia in Melbourne. It was only the 78th ODI. Their second-wicket partnership of 205 runs helped their side reach 271/2. West Indies won the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup match by 80 runs.

It wasn’t until 1999 that the first 300-run partnership was forged. It was India at the helm then with Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid putting on 318 for the second wicket against Sri Lanka at Taunton during the ICC World Cup.

India’s first 200-run partnership came in 1996 against Pakistan at Sharjah. Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu (both scored tons) put on a 231-run stand for the second wicket to let India past the 300-run mark for the first time in their ODI history.

Here’s how the partnership records have progressed in ODIs. 

205, Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards, 2nd wicket, WI vs AUS, Melbourne, 1979

221, Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards, 2nd wicket, WI vs IND, Jamshedpur, 1983

224*, Dean Jones and Allan Border, 3rd wicket, AUS vs SL, Adelaide, 1985

263, Aamir Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq, 2nd wicket, PAK vs NZ, 1994

275*, Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja, 4th wicket, IND vs ZIM, Cuttack, 1998

318, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, 2nd wicket, IND vs SL, Taunton, 1999

331, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, 2nd wicket, IND vs NZ, Hyderabad, 1999

372, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, 2nd wicket, WI vs ZIM, Canberra, 2015

Highest partnerships in ODIs

Players Partnerships Wicket Match
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels 372 2nd West Indies vs Zimbabwe, 2015
John Campbell and Shai Hope 365 1st West Indies vs Ireland, 2019
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid 331 2nd India vs New Zealand, 1999
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid 318 2nd India vs Sri Lanka, 1999
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman 304 1st Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, 2018
Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das 292 1st Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2020
Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli 290 2nd India vs Bangladesh, 2022
Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya 286 1st Sri Lanka v England, 2006
David Warner and Travis Head 284 1st Australia vs Pakistan, 2017
Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla 282* 1st South Africa vs Bangladesh, 2017
Upul Tharanga and Tilakratne Dilshan 282 1st Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 2011

Highest partnerships in ODIs by each wicket

Players Wicket Partnerships Match
John Campbell and Shai Hope 1st 365 West Indies vs Ireland, 2019
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels
2nd 372 West Indies vs Zimbabwe, 2015
Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin
3rd 258 West Indies vs Bangladesh, 2014
Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja
4th 275* India vs Zimbabwe, 1998
David Miller and JP Duminy
5th 256* South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 2015
Grant Elliot and Luke Ronchi
6th 267* New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2015
Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid
7th 177 England vs New Zealand, 2015
Justin Kemp and Andrew Hall
8th 138* South Africa vs India, 2006
Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga
9th 132 Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2010
Vivian Richards and Michael Holding
10th 106* West Indies vs England, 1984

Feature Image Courtesy: AFP/ Manan Vatsyayana