Advertisement

A strong batting foundation is laid on the back of partnerships in cricket. The art of building partnerships perhaps holds great significance, especially in the T20 format where scoring runs while maintaining a healthy run-rate is crucial in the action-packed 20-over format.

The T20 format, once regarded as a game of power hitters with huge strike-rates, has seen a paradigm shift of sorts of late where building partnerships and constructing an innings has grown in significance over the years as opposed to batters just going hell for leather from the off.  

Here we look at some of the highest partnerships in T20 cricket. 

Highest partnership in T20 internationals  

Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani hold the record for the highest partnership in T20Is. Their 236-run partnership against Ireland is also the record biggest-ever opening stand in T20 cricket. Thanks to the double-century stand, Afghanistan notched a mammoth 278 runs batting first which is the joint highest score in men’s T20 cricket.

Here’s the list of biggest partnerships in T20 internationals

Players

Country

Opponent

Partnership

Wicket 

Venue and Year

Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani

Afghanistan

Ireland

236

1st

Dehradun, 2019

Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short

Australia

Zimbabwe

223

1st 

Harare, 2018

George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer 

Scotland

Netherlands

200

1st

Dublin, 2019

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam

Pakistan

South Africa

197

1st

Centurion, 2021

Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips

New Zealand

West Indies

184

3rd

Mount Maunganui, 2020

Highest partnership in Indian T20 League

Team Bangalore’s Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers hold the record for the highest partnership in Indian T20 League. The duo put on a 229-run partnership for the second wicket against Team Gujarat at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in 2016. As a result, Bangalore reached 248/3 in 20 overs to record the second-highest team total in the Indian T20 League. 

Here’s the list of highest partnerships in the Indian T20 League   

Players

Team

Opponent

Partnership

Wicket 

Venue and Year

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers

Bangalore 

Gujarat

229

2nd

Bengaluru, 2016

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers

Bangalore

Mumbai

215*

2nd

Mumbai, 2015

Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh

Punjab

Bangalore

206

2nd

Dharamsala, 2011

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli

Bangalore

Delhi

204*

2nd

Delhi, 2012

David Warner and Naman Ojha

Delhi

Hyderabad

189*

2nd

Hyderabad, 2012

Featured photo: Manjunath Kiran / AFP

Advertisement