March 5, 2008

The most prolific in partnerships

The players involved in the most century, double-century and triple-century stands



It's hard work raking up three triple-century partnerships in Tests © Getty Images

A record that had stood for 52 years was broken when Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie resumed their run-fest on the second day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong. Having scored 405 runs on the first, a record for a day on which no wicket fell, Smith and McKenzie added nine more to break the world-record opening stand of India's Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy, who made 413 against New Zealand in Chennai in 1956.

That stand also happened to be the fourth occasion on which Smith was involved in a partnership of over 300, which puts him one behind Don Bradman's record tally of five. An edition of the List last year had looked at players with the most double-century stands; this week we look at triple-century stands, and the percentage that stands of 100-, 200- and 300-plus form in the total partnerships for a player.

In 180 partnerships during his 80 Test innings, Bradman managed five triple-century stands, including two with Bill Ponsford in successive Tests against England in 1934, at Headingley and The Oval. Smith and Herschelle Gibbs, who was dropped in favour of McKenzie for the Bangladesh series, come next with four each. Three of those were between Gibbs and Smith, all nearly in the span of one year, with two in 2003 and one in 2004 - making them the only pair with three triple-century stands in Tests. Current players dominate the list. Kumar Sangakkara, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Younis Khan have all been part of three triple-century stands, and so have two of Pakistan's finest batsmen - Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Most 300-run partnerships by a player - Tests
Player Span Mat Inns Pships 300+ 200+ 100+ 50+ High 300%
DG Bradman (Aus) 1928-1948 52 80 180 5 14 35 84 451 2.77
GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2002-2008 63 111 202 4 9 23 66 415 1.98
HH Gibbs (SA) 1996-2008 90 154 294 4 8 27 84 368 1.36
Younis Khan (Pak) 2000-2007 58 105 217 3 5 31 72 363 1.38
KC Sangakkara (SL) 2000-2007 71 116 271 3 4 26 89 624 1.10
VVS Laxman (India) 1996-2008 90 148 315 3 5 28 83 376 0.95
Javed Miandad (Pak) 1976-1993 124 189 395 3 13 50 125 451 0.75
Inzamam-ul-Haq (ICC/Pak) 1992-2007 120 200 424 3 7 42 124 352 0.70
R Dravid (ICC/India) 1996-2008 119 205 535 3 9 71 159 410 0.56

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Bradman and Smith lead in the list of players with the highest ratio of 300-plus stands to their overall partnerships. A surprise No. 2 , though, is New Zealand's Terry Jarvis: his career stats show an unimpressive 625 runs from 22 innings, but his best of 182 came in a 387-run stand with Glenn Turner against West Indies in Guyana in 1972. Ponsford comes in next, followed by Smith, whose top-order colleagues Gibbs, Hashim Amla and Boeta Dippenaar also figure among the top 20.

Highest percentage of 300-run partnerships by a player - Tests (qualification: 20 innings)
Player Span Mat Inns Pships 300+ 200+ 100+ 50+ High 300%
DG Bradman (Aus) 1928-1948 52 80 180 5 14 35 84 451 2.77
TW Jarvis (NZ) 1965-1973 13 22 39 1 1 3 8 387 2.56
WH Ponsford (Aus) 1924-1934 29 48 87 2 3 11 25 451 2.29
GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2002-2008 63 111 202 4 9 23 66 415 1.98
DS Atkinson (WI) 1948-1958 22 35 51 1 1 6 11 347 1.96
Yuvraj Singh (India) 2003-2008 22 35 55 1 1 5 12 300 1.81
DS Lehmann (Aus) 1998-2004 27 42 64 1 3 11 27 315 1.56
JHW Fingleton (Aus) 1932-1938 18 29 65 1 2 6 18 346 1.53
Younis Khan (Pak) 2000-2007 58 105 217 3 5 31 72 363 1.38
HM Amla (SA) 2004-2008 22 40 72 1 2 7 17 330 1.38
HH Gibbs (SA) 1996-2008 90 154 294 4 8 27 84 368 1.36
Waqar Hasan (Pak) 1952-1959 21 35 76 1 1 2 14 308 1.31
Qasim Umar (Pak) 1983-1986 26 43 81 1 3 7 20 397 1.23
V Sehwag (ICC/India) 2001-2008 54 91 164 2 5 20 55 410 1.21
RT Robinson (Eng) 1984-1989 29 49 85 1 1 10 23 331 1.17
RG Pollock (SA) 1963-1970 23 41 86 1 2 7 31 341 1.16
FMM Worrell (WI) 1948-1963 51 87 175 2 5 21 54 399 1.14
MEK Hussey (Aus) 2005-2008 22 36 90 1 4 14 33 320 1.11
KC Sangakkara (SL) 2000-2007 71 116 271 3 4 26 89 624 1.10
HH Dippenaar (SA) 1999-2007 38 62 96 1 1 9 33 429 1.04

All of Smith's four triple-century partnerships have come while opening the batting, a record. Gibbs was his partner in crime in three of those, and McKenzie in the most recent one. All three are at the top of the table for such stands, and except Smith and Gibbs, no one has managed two opening partnerships of 300-plus.

Most 300-run opening partnerships by an player - Tests
Player Span Mat Inns Open 300+ 200+ 100+ 50+ High 300%
GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2002-2008 63 111 103 4 6 13 34 415 3.88
HH Gibbs (SA) 1996-2008 90 154 116 3 4 12 34 368 2.58
ND McKenzie (SA) 2000-2008 44 69 10 1 1 1 4 415 10.00
R Dravid (ICC/India) 1996-2008 119 205 17 1 1 1 2 410 5.88
TW Jarvis (NZ) 1965-1973 13 22 19 1 1 2 6 387 5.26
MH Mankad (India) 1946-1959 44 72 40 1 1 4 7 413 2.50
W Rhodes (Eng) 1899-1930 58 98 43 1 2 9 15 323 2.32
C Washbrook (Eng) 1937-1956 37 66 62 1 2 9 22 359 1.61
GM Turner (NZ) 1969-1983 41 73 67 1 1 5 21 387 1.49
RB Simpson (Aus) 1957-1978 62 111 70 1 3 10 30 382 1.42
P Roy (India) 1951-1960 43 79 74 1 1 4 15 413 1.35
V Sehwag (ICC/India) 2001-2008 54 91 81 1 3 10 24 410 1.23
GR Marsh (Aus) 1985-1992 50 93 91 1 2 9 26 329 1.09
JB Hobbs (Eng) 1908-1930 61 102 97 1 4 24 43 323 1.03
WM Lawry (Aus) 1961-1971 67 123 123 1 4 12 48 382 0.81
L Hutton (Eng) 1937-1955 79 138 131 1 2 17 42 359 0.76
MS Atapattu (SL) 1990-2007 90 156 136 1 2 9 34 335 0.73
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1991-2007 110 188 152 1 2 11 42 335 0.65
MA Taylor (Aus) 1989-1999 104 186 186 1 4 17 51 329 0.53

Though he played just over a third of the innings that Sachin Tendulkar has, Bradman is still one ahead on the list of players with most 200-run partnerships. The presence of Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer and Steve Waugh on the list perhaps indicates why Australia have been the team to beat in the last decade.

Most 200-run partnerships by a player - Tests
Player Span Mat Inns Pships 300+ 200+ 100+ 50+ High 200%
DG Bradman (Aus) 1928-1948 52 80 180 5 14 35 84 451 7.77
SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2008 146 237 486 2 14 66 151 353 2.88
ML Hayden (Aus) 1994-2008 94 167 349 0 13 49 128 279 3.72
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2008 116 193 354 2 13 64 150 327 3.67
Javed Miandad (Pak) 1976-1993 124 189 395 3 13 50 125 451 3.29
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 1995-2008 116 197 464 2 12 46 142 330 2.58
JL Langer (Aus) 1993-2007 105 182 351 1 11 49 113 327 3.13
SR Waugh (Aus) 1985-2004 168 260 590 2 11 64 151 385 1.86
GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2002-2008 63 111 202 4 9 23 66 415 4.45
G Kirsten (SA) 1993-2004 101 176 380 0 9 45 109 272 2.36
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2006 131 232 508 1 9 62 146 322 1.77
R Dravid (ICC/India) 1996-2008 119 205 535 3 9 71 159 410 1.68
WM Lawry (Aus) 1961-1971 67 123 267 2 8 24 83 382 2.99
HH Gibbs (SA) 1996-2008 90 154 294 4 8 27 84 368 2.72
Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) 1998-2007 79 134 294 2 8 38 95 363 2.72
WR Hammond (Eng) 1927-1947 85 140 323 0 8 33 98 266 2.47

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Bradman also has the highest percentage of double-century stands among his total partnerships, while Gautam Gambhir, known more for his limited-over exploits of late, sneaks in in second place. Bradman has been part of 14 double-hundred partnerships, while Gambhir has shared two - 218 in Kanpur with Virender Sehwag against South Africa in November 2004, and 259 with Rahul Dravid against Bangladesh in Chittagong the following month. Recent Australian players feature prominently yet again. Another Australian in the list in Gary Gilmour, famous for his 6 for 14 and unbeaten 28 in the 1975 World Cup semi-final against England. Gilmour was involved in his only double-century stand - with Doug Walters - when he scored his only hundred in Tests, against New Zealand in Christchurch.

Highest percentage of 200-run partnerships by a player - Tests (qualification: 20 innings)
Player Span Mat Inns Pships 300+ 200+ 100+ 50+ High 200%
DG Bradman (Aus) 1928-1948 52 80 180 5 14 35 84 451 7.77
G Gambhir (India) 2004-2007 14 23 34 0 2 4 10 259 5.88
E Paynter (Eng) 1931-1939 20 31 63 0 3 8 23 242 4.76
DS Lehmann (Aus) 1998-2004 27 42 64 1 3 11 27 315 4.68
GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2002-2008 63 111 202 4 9 23 66 415 4.45
MEK Hussey (Aus) 2005-2008 22 36 90 1 4 14 33 320 4.44
SM Nurse (WI) 1960-1969 29 54 102 0 4 15 35 273 3.92
RG Archer (Aus) 1953-1956 19 30 52 0 2 2 9 220 3.84
ML Hayden (Aus) 1994-2008 94 167 349 0 13 49 128 279 3.72
Qasim Umar (Pak) 1983-1986 26 43 81 1 3 7 20 397 3.70
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2008 116 193 354 2 13 64 150 327 3.67
MH Denness (Eng) 1969-1975 28 45 84 0 3 10 20 266 3.57
S Mushtaq Ali (India) 1934-1952 11 20 28 0 1 2 10 203 3.57
WH Ponsford (Aus) 1924-1934 29 48 87 2 3 11 25 451 3.44
Javed Miandad (Pak) 1976-1993 124 189 395 3 13 50 125 451 3.29
WJ Edrich (Eng) 1938-1955 39 63 123 1 4 14 33 370 3.25
GJ Gilmour (Aus) 1973-1977 15 22 31 0 1 1 6 217 3.22
MJ Clarke (Aus) 2004-2008 33 50 95 0 3 12 28 245 3.15
JL Langer (Aus) 1993-2007 105 182 351 1 11 49 113 327 3.13
RL Dias (SL) 1982-1987 20 36 64 0 2 7 19 217 3.12
BH Pairaudeau (WI) 1953-1957 13 21 32 0 1 2 5 219 3.12
MLC Foster (WI) 1969-1978 14 24 32 0 1 2 8 210 3.12
CL Walcott (WI) 1948-1960 44 74 161 0 5 17 50 269 3.10
JHW Fingleton (Aus) 1932-1938 18 29 65 1 2 6 18 346 3.07
V Sehwag (ICC/India) 2001-2008 54 91 164 2 5 20 55 410 3.04
LEG Ames (Eng) 1929-1939 47 72 133 0 4 12 32 249 3.00

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Although Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar top the list for most century partnerships, it's another Indian player of their generation who astonishingly pips Bradman among players with highest percentage of 100-plus stands. Vinod Kambli's Test career ran only from 1993 to 1995, lasting 17 Tests. It wasn't uneventful, though, and he scored 1084 runs at 54.20, with two double-hundreds and two hundreds in his first seven matches. Of 37 partnerships in his career, nine were century stands, while Bradman had 35 from 180. However, the only partnership Kambli was involved in that is widely remembered perhaps is his then record 664-run stand with Tendulkar in school-level cricket.

Highest percentage of 100-run partnerships by a player - Tests (qualification: 20 innings)
Player Span Mat Inns Pships 300+ 200+ 100+ 50+ High 100%
VG Kambli (India) 1993-1995 17 21 37 0 0 9 17 194 24.32
DG Bradman (Aus) 1928-1948 52 80 180 5 14 35 84 451 19.44
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2008 116 193 354 2 13 64 150 327 18.07
H Sutcliffe (Eng) 1924-1935 54 84 191 0 4 33 82 283 17.27
DS Lehmann (Aus) 1998-2004 27 42 64 1 3 11 27 315 17.18
AF Rae (WI) 1948-1953 15 24 48 0 1 8 15 239 16.66
JB Hobbs (Eng) 1908-1930 61 102 195 1 4 32 74 323 16.41
MG Vandort (SL) 2001-2007 14 22 49 0 1 8 13 227 16.32
MEK Hussey (Aus) 2005-2008 22 36 90 1 4 14 33 320 15.55
GE Tyldesley (Eng) 1921-1929 14 20 39 0 1 6 16 230 15.38
G Pullar (Eng) 1959-1963 28 49 79 0 1 12 30 290 15.18
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 1997-2007 93 151 304 2 5 45 99 624 14.80
GS Chappell (Aus) 1970-1984 87 151 298 0 5 44 100 264 14.76
SM Nurse (WI) 1960-1969 29 54 102 0 4 15 35 273 14.70
AL Hassett (Aus) 1938-1953 43 69 143 0 3 21 55 276 14.68
Younis Khan (Pak) 2000-2007 58 105 217 3 5 31 72 363 14.28
OG Smith (WI) 1955-1959 26 42 70 0 0 10 21 190 14.28
ML Hayden (Aus) 1994-2008 94 167 349 0 13 49 128 279 14.04

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An astounding eight of the top eight run-getters in Tests feature in the top eight for players with most 50-run partnerships. The list is headed by Allan Border, followed by Dravid, Tendulkar and Waugh, with Brian Lara, the leading Test run-scorer, at No. 6. The top 30 includes quite a few opening batsmen.

Most 50-run partnerships by a player - Tests
Player Span Mat Inns Pships 300+ 200+ 100+ 50+ High 50%
AR Border (Aus) 1978-1994 156 265 616 1 6 63 167 332 27.11
R Dravid (ICC/India) 1996-2008 119 205 535 3 9 71 159 410 29.71
SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2008 146 237 486 2 14 66 151 353 31.06
SR Waugh (Aus) 1985-2004 168 260 590 2 11 64 151 385 25.59
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2008 116 193 354 2 13 64 150 327 42.37
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2006 131 232 508 1 9 62 146 322 28.74
SM Gavaskar (India) 1971-1987 125 214 519 1 6 58 143 344 27.55
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 1995-2008 116 197 464 2 12 46 142 330 30.60
ML Hayden (Aus) 1994-2008 94 167 349 0 13 49 128 279 36.67
G Boycott (Eng) 1964-1982 108 193 449 0 4 47 127 252 28.28
Javed Miandad (Pak) 1976-1993 124 189 395 3 13 50 125 451 31.64
Inzamam-ul-Haq (ICC/Pak) 1992-2007 120 200 424 3 7 42 124 352 29.24
MA Atherton (Eng) 1989-2001 115 212 471 1 6 44 124 303 26.32
AJ Stewart (Eng) 1990-2003 133 235 504 0 2 37 124 227 24.60
DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1994 116 202 473 0 6 40 123 298 26.00
GA Gooch (Eng) 1975-1995 118 215 453 2 6 41 122 351 26.93
MC Cowdrey (Eng) 1954-1975 114 188 392 1 3 42 114 411 29.08
JL Langer (Aus) 1993-2007 105 182 351 1 11 49 113 327 32.19
ME Waugh (Aus) 1991-2002 128 209 398 0 3 47 113 231 28.39
DC Boon (Aus) 1984-1996 107 190 400 0 3 42 113 235 28.25
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-2008 107 183 479 0 5 43 112 293 23.38
MA Taylor (Aus) 1989-1999 104 186 407 1 6 40 111 329 27.27
G Kirsten (SA) 1993-2004 101 176 380 0 9 45 109 272 28.68
IVA Richards (WI) 1974-1991 121 182 354 2 6 44 108 308 30.50
DB Vengsarkar (India) 1976-1992 116 185 401 1 3 30 106 344 26.43
CG Greenidge (WI) 1974-1991 108 185 337 0 6 46 105 298 31.15
SP Fleming (NZ) 1994-2008 108 183 413 0 3 29 105 256 25.42
GS Sobers (WI) 1954-1974 93 160 330 2 7 43 103 446 31.21
DI Gower (Eng) 1978-1992 117 204 418 2 4 38 103 351 24.64
GS Chappell (Aus) 1970-1984 87 151 298 0 5 44 100 264 33.55

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Bradman wrests the top spot from Kambli in the list of highest percentage of 50-run stands by a player, which features many old-timers and Sadagoppan Ramesh, another Indian left-hand batsman who failed to live up to his initial promise.

Highest percentage of 50-run partnerships by a player - Tests (qualification: 20 innings)
Player Span Mat Inns Pships 300+ 200+ 100+ 50+ High 50%
DG Bradman (Aus) 1928-1948 52 80 180 5 14 35 84 451 46.66
VG Kambli (India) 1993-1995 17 21 37 0 0 9 17 194 45.94
H Sutcliffe (Eng) 1924-1935 54 84 191 0 4 33 82 283 42.93
SJ McCabe (Aus) 1930-1938 39 62 103 0 1 10 44 249 42.71
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2008 116 193 354 2 13 64 150 327 42.37
DS Lehmann (Aus) 1998-2004 27 42 64 1 3 11 27 315 42.18
GE Tyldesley (Eng) 1921-1929 14 20 39 0 1 6 16 230 41.02
R Edwards (Aus) 1972-1975 20 32 62 0 0 8 25 172 40.32
EJ Barlow (SA) 1961-1970 30 57 104 1 1 11 41 341 39.42
DR Jardine (Eng) 1928-1934 22 33 70 0 1 6 27 262 38.57
AL Hassett (Aus) 1938-1953 43 69 143 0 3 21 55 276 38.46
HR Lance (SA) 1962-1970 13 22 34 0 1 3 13 200 38.23
G Pullar (Eng) 1959-1963 28 49 79 0 1 12 30 290 37.97
JB Hobbs (Eng) 1908-1930 61 102 195 1 4 32 74 323 37.94
S Ramesh (India) 1999-2001 19 37 66 0 1 6 25 232 37.87
ML Hayden (Aus) 1994-2008 94 167 349 0 13 49 128 279 36.67
MEK Hussey (Aus) 2005-2008 22 36 90 1 4 14 33 320 36.66
E Paynter (Eng) 1931-1939 20 31 63 0 3 8 23 242 36.50
GS Camacho (WI) 1968-1971 11 22 36 0 0 4 13 119 36.11
RG Pollock (SA) 1963-1970 23 41 86 1 2 7 31 341 36.04
S Mushtaq Ali (India) 1934-1952 11 20 28 0 1 2 10 203 35.71

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