Indias highest partnership in Tests for every wicket: The Indian batting lineup is regarded as one of the best in the business. Indian batters have stitched many memorable partnerships for every wicket in Tests. These partnerships have won games for the team on most occasions. Few of these stands have been memorable as they helped the side stage stunning comebacks.
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We look at Indias highest partnership in Tests for every wicket:
#1 First wicket – 413
It is a 67-year long-standing record. India’s openers put on an epic stand of 413 against New Zealand in Chennai in 1956. Vinoo Mankad scored 231 while Pankaj Roy notched up 173 in the opening stand. India went on to win the game by innings and 109 runs. Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid came ever so close to breaking the record in 2006. The pair had put on an opening stand of 410!
#2 Second wicket – 370
It was the second Test of the 4-match Border-Gavaskar trophy in 2013. India had lost the wicket of Virender Sehwag early. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara formed a solid partnership to bat out Australia from the game. The duo put on a stand of 370 in Hyderabad to help India win the game with an inning to spare.
#3 Third wicket – 336
Virender Sehwag’s blade often found Pakistani bowlers easy to prey on. He became the first Indian batsman to score a triple century (309) in the first Test in Multan in 2004. Sachin Tendulkar was an able ally who scored 194 not out himself. The pair added 336 runs for the third wicket. India again won with an inning to play for.
#4 Fourth wicket – 365
India had pocketed the 3-match series 2-0 already. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane grounded the Kiwi bowlers in the third Test in Nagpur in 2016. The captain and vice-captain put on a stand of 365 to help the side to a comfortable win.
#5 Fifth wicket – 376
It was this partnership that arguably changed the fortunes of India’s Test team. VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid stitched a partnership of 376 to help India overcome a follow-on of 273 runs. India went on to not just win the game but eventually won the series 2-1.
#6 Sixth wicket – 298
It was the Mumbai duo of Dilip Vengsarkar and Ravi Shastri who hold this record. The pair added 298 runs against Australia in Wankhede in 1986. Vengsarkar scored 164 while Shastri stroked 121 in the alliance.
#7 Seventh wicket – 280
Rohit Sharma on debut steadied India’s wobbly batting along with Ravichandran Ashwin in Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The pair notched up a record partnership of 280 for the seventh wicket.
#8 Eight wicket – 241
Virat Kohli for the second time holds a record stand. He put on 241 runs with Jayant Yadav against a tired England attack in Mumbai in 2016. Kohli scored a double century while Yadav scored his maiden Test ton.
#9 Ninth wicket – 149
It is a 63-year-long standing Indian record for the ninth wicket. Nana Joshi and Ramakant Desai put on a ninth-wicket record partnership of 149 against Pakistan in 1960.
#10 Tenth wicket – 133
It was the tale of India’s last wicket frustrating the home side, Bangladesh. Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan put on a brilliant stand of 133 to take the game away from them. The little master scored his career-best (248) during this innings.
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