Only one pair has scored over 6000 partnership runs in the history of ODI cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar, SouravGanguly 8227
Sachin Tendulkar and SouravGanguly opened the batting together for a long time. The two walked out together for the team in ODIs between 1996 and 2007, adding 6609 runs as an opening pair from 136 innings with the best of 258. They averaged almost 50 while batting with each other with 21 century and 23 half century partnerships.
When VirenderSehwag was promoted to open the batting alongside Tendulkar, Ganguly dropped himself to number 3 and was successful at that position as well. In all, the pair added 8227 runs in ODI cricket with 26 century and 29 half century partnerships from 176 innings.
Ganguly and Tendulkar remain the only pair to have scored more than 6000 runs together in ODI cricket.
MahelaJayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara 5992
The combination of MahelaJayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara is one of the most prolific pairs of modern one day cricket not only from Sri Lanka but from around the world. That two added 5992 runs together from 151 innings in ODI cricket between 2010 and 2015.
The two Sri Lankan stalwarts had the highest partnership of 179. They added runs at an average of 41.61 with the help of 15 centuries and 32 half centuries.
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara 54752
Kumar Sangakkara features again in the list, this time alongside TillakratneDilshan who opened the batting for Sri Lanka for a long time. The two added close to 5500 runs from 108 innings between 2010 and 2015 with the best of 200 not out.
They had an average of 53.67 in their partnership and added over 100 runs on 26 and over 50 runs on 19 occasions.
MarvanAtapattu, SanathJayasuriya 5462
It is easy to note that how an big impact Sri Lankan players have had over ODI cricket over the years. Another Sri Lankan pair – MarvanAtapattu and SanathJayasuriya – was extremely successful at the top of the order and scored close to 5500 runs from 144 innings between 1996 and 2007.
The pair remained unbeaten on five occasions while averaging almost 40 with the help of 14 century and 26 half century partnerships. They had the highest partnership of 237.