Sachin and Sourav – An unbroken Partnership

The Partnership which began about 10 years back is still up and running in fine style. Sourav joined Sachin at the top of the order sometime around 96/97 season when the team was desperately looking for an One-Day opener. Sourav started as a correct batsman with mostly elegant strokes through the offside, even though he was a great player of spin. Sachin was already an established opener in the shorter version of the game and was one of the most feared one at that.

Few years later they became one of most consistent and prolific opening combination in the one-day format of the game. The broke all sorts of records at the top including the highest opening stand of 258 which they made against Kenya at Paarl. Ganguly by then had become the captain of the team and also one of the most dominating batsman in the shorter version of the game. One of his innings in Australia against a strong Pakistani attack, made Wasim Akram (Who was part of the attack which comprised of Shoaib, Waqar, Razzak and Saqlain) admit that he has never seen anybody play so well through the offside. Sachin at that time was already termed as the next only to Don Bradman. He was already breaking all sorts of records in both forms of the game.

Sachin and Sourav have batted together for more than 150 ODI’s and have 25 century partnerships. Both these greats joined at the top of the batting order again in the recent series in England and in Belfast and proved again that they are one of the best opening combinations in the world. Now since Rahul has resigned as captain of the National team there are talks that Sachin or Sourav might be offered the position. I just hope that both of them reject the option as by just concentrating on their batting they might offer much more to the team in the last few years of their illustrious career. Sachin and Sourav have few more years of great one-day batting left in them and when they decide to hang up their boots they might end up as the greatest combination in ODI. Lets just hope that they do not put more pressure on themselves by agreeing to captain the National side and just concentrate on their batting as its very important for India to succeed in the upcoming series against Pakistan and Australia.

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