Sachin Tendulkar has been involved in three consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs © AFP
Sachin Tendulkar has been involved in three consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs © AFP

The occurrence of consecutive century stands by openers for a team is not very frequent, though there have been quite a few in recent past. Bharath Seervi digs out some relevant numbers.

 

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put on century stands against India for the opening wicket in two consecutive ODIs in the three match ODI series in 2013 before going on to extend the record. In the Champions Trophy 2013 in England, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma shared century partnerships in the very first two ODIs they opened together. They did an encore in the seven-ODI series against Australia in India. Kieron Powell partnered with Johnson Charles and Ramnaresh Sarwan in two consecutive ODIs for century partnerships for West Indies. And so on.

Only once in the history of ODIs any team got century opening partnership in four consecutive ODIs —Pakistan against New Zealand at home in 2003. Yasir Hameed and Imran Farhat were the opening pair in all matches. They partnered in stands of 115, 142, 134 and 197 runs respectively in the four consecutive ODI matches.

 

Four consecutive century opening partnerships

 

Yasir Hameed and Imran Farhat

115 vs New Zealand: Lahore 2003

142 vs New Zealand: Faisalabad 2003

134 vs New Zealand: Rawalpindi 2003

197 vs New Zealand: Rawalpindi 2003

 

There have been only one other occasion of a team getting century opening partnerships in three consecutive ODIs: Geoff Boycott and Peter Willey added 135 runs for the first wicket against West Indies at Lord’s; Boycott then partnered with Graham Gooch for century stands of 108 and 154 runs against Australia in the same year in the next two ODIs.

 

Three consecutive century opening partnerships

 

Geoff Boycott and Peter Willey

135 vs West Indies: Lord’s, 1980

Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch

108 vs Australia: The Oval, 1980

154 vs Australia: Edgbaston, 1980

 

Two consecutive century partnerships have been seen 32 times in the history of ODIs. It is listed team-wise below.

 

Two consecutive century opening partnerships

 

For AUSTRALIA (3)

 

Tom Moody added century partnerships in two consecutive ODIs partnering with David Boon and Mark Taylor in 1992, which was the first occasion of two Australian opening pairs putting up hundred partnerships in consecutive matches. Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh did so in 2000 and then Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin did similar in 2009. Though having strong opening pairs for many a years, the Australian team got only three instances of consecutive century opening partnerships from its openers.

 

David Boon and Tom Moody

107 vs West Indies: MCG, 1992

Mark Taylor and Tom Moody

109 vs Sri Lanka: Premadasa, 1992

 

Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh

114 vs New Zealand: Dunedin, 2000

189 vs New Zealand: Christchurch, 2000

 

Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin

129 vs South Africa: Port Elizabeth, 2009

127 vs South Africa: New Wanderers, 2009

 

 

For ENGLAND (2)

 

Only twice have England seen their opening pairs add hundreds in consecutive ODI innings. Two different pairs — Geoff Cook and Gooch and Chris Tavare & Barry Wood — did it in 1982 before Nick Knight and Marcus Trescothick got there in 2003 in the tri-series in Australia.

 

Geoff Cook and Graham Gooch

109 vs Sri Lanka: SSC, 1982

Chris Tavare and Barry Wood

133 vs India: Headingley, 1982

 

Nick Knight and Marcus Trescothick

165 vs Australia: Bellerive Oval, 2003

115 vs Sri Lanka: SCG, 2003

 

 

For INDIA (9)

 

The Indian team has got the highest number of instances of consecutive century stands by its openers. Raman Lamba and Krishnamachari Srikkanth did it in 1989 before Ajay Jadeja and Sachin Tendulkar in 1994. Sourav Ganguly and Tendulkar did so twice in their career — once in 2001 in South Africa and later in 2007 in England. But Tendulkar-Virender Sehwag pair did it the highest number of times. They did it thrice — once each in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were the latest addition to the list to make it nine occasions for India.

 

Rama Lamba and Kris Srikkanth

115 vs Australia: Chinnaswamy, 1989

120 vs Pakistan: Eden Gardens, 1989

 

Ajay Jadeja and Sachin Tendulkar

100 vs New Zealand: Kotla, 1994

108 vs West Indies: Eden Gardens, 1994

 

Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar

101 vs South Africa: East London, 2001

258 vs Kenya: Paarl, 2001

 

Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar

107 vs England: Chepauk, 2002

134 vs England: Green Park, 2002

 

Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar

103 vs Australia: Chinnaswamy, 2003

182 vs New Zealand: Hyderabad, 2003

 

Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar

103 vs Australia: MCG, 2004

130 vs Zimbabwe: Bellerive Oval, 2004

 

Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar

116 vs England: Headingley, 2007

150 vs England: The Oval, 2007

 

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma

127 vs South Africa: Cardiff, 2013

101 vs West Indies: The Oval, 2013

 

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma

178 vs Australia: Nagpur, 2013

112 vs Australia: Chinnaswamy, 2013

 

 

For NEW ZEALAND (5)

 

The Kiwi opening pair Bruce Edgar and Glenn Turner were opening for the first time in 1983 when they put on century stands in both of their first two ODIs as openers. Nathan Astle did the same with Llorne Howell in 1998 and then with Stephen Fleming in 2004. Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder emulated them in 2009 and Martin Guptill and Rob Nicol pair in 2012.

 

Bruce Edgar and Glenn Turner

101 vs England: Eden Park, 1983

152 vs England: Christchurch, 1983

 

Nathan Astle and Llorne Howell

125 vs Zimbabwe: Christchurch, 1998

147 vs Zimbabwe: Napier, 1998

 

Nathan Astle and Stephen Fleming

122 vs England: Bristol, 2004

120 vs West Indies: Lord’s, 2004

 

Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder

166 vs India: Christchurch, 2009

102 vs India: Hamilton, 2009

 

Martin Guptill and Rob Nicol

131 vs Zimbabwe: Whangarei, 2012

153 vs Zimbabwe: Napier, 2012

 

 

For PAKISTAN (2)

 

In 1993, Rameez Raja and Saeed Anwar put on century stands as openers at Sharjah in consecutive ODIs. The only other time for Pakistan was in 2002 when Saleem Elahi and Taufeeq Umar were the pair. They added 159 and 154, the first pair to put on 150-run stands in consecutive ODI innings.

 

Rameez Raja and Saeed Anwar

132 vs Sri Lanka: Sharjah, 1993

204 vs Sri Lanka: Sharjah, 1993

 

Saleem Elahi and Taufeeq Umar

159 vs Zimbabwe: Bulawayo, 2002

154 vs Zimbabwe: Harare, 2002

 

 

For SOUTH AFRICA (5)

 

South Africa entered into International Cricket in 1992. In the same year Andrew Hudson paired with Kepler Wessels and Peter Kirsten to add century stands in consecutive ODIs in Australia. AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith did it twice — once in 2006 and the other in the 2007 ICC World Cup. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock became the second pair to put on 150-run opening partnership in consecutive ODI innings in 2013. They did it again a few months later, against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.


Andrew Hudson and Kepler Wessels

151 vs England: MCG, 1992

Andrew Hudson and Peter Kirsten

128 vs India: Adelaide Oval, 1992

 

AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith

173 vs India: Centurion, 2006

140 vs Pakistan: Centurion, 2007

 

AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith

134 vs Scotland: Basseterre, 2007

160 vs Australia: Basseterre, 2007

 

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock

152 vs India: New Wanderers, 2013

194 vs India: Kingsmead, 2013

 

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock

118 vs Sri Lanka: Hambantota, 2014

109 vs Zimbabwe: Bulawayo, 2014

 

For SRI LANKA (3)

 

The Sri Lankan team achieved the feat three times; Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya in 1997, followed by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga in 2009 and 2010.

 

Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya

171 vs Bangladesh: SSC, 1997

137 vs India: Premadasa, 1997

 

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga

188 vs India: Rajkot, 2009

102 vs India: Nagpur, 2009

 

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga

122 vs Zimbabwe: Harare, 2010

160 vs Zimbabwe: Harare, 2010

 

 

For WEST INDIES (2)

 

The legendary pair of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes put up consecutive century stands  only once in their illustrious careers in 1987 in New Zealand. The only other occasion was the recent one by Kieron Powell with Johnson Charles and Ramnaresh Sarwan in 2013.

 

Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes

134 vs New Zealand: Eden Park, 1987

192*vs New Zealand: Christchurch, 1987

 

Kieron Powell and Johnson Charles

168 vs Zimbabwe: St George’s, 2013

Kieron Powell and Ramnaresh Sarwan

111 vs Zimbabwe: St George’s, 2013

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)