IPL has become the fans’ favourite T20 cricket tournament, which started in 2008. Since the beginning, it has witnessed a great understanding among the players across the world. It is the only tournament where players across the world play with each other as a team. This has resulted in many wonderful partnerships in the IPL. Players need a good understanding between them to build a good partnership. One has to understand the playing style and stamina of the other players. There are many such duos in the IPL who have great chemistry on and off the field. In this article, we have listed the top five aggregate partnerships in IPL history –
1. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers-
It is impossible to list the best partnerships without naming Virat Kolhi and Ab de Villiers. They are among the most talented batsmen in the world. Virat and Ab represent Royal Challengers Bangalore from the beginning. Virat is the Indian cricket team captain, whereas AB de Villiers is a South-African cricketer, but when they play together on the field, it seems like they have been best friends since their childhood. They have an aggregate partnership of 3034 runs in total. They are the only duos who have contributed two 200+ partnerships. They both have different roles in the partnership but are equally important for the team.
2. Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle-
The second-highest aggregate partnership belongs to the members of the same franchisee. Virat Kohli is the only player who is named in the first and second highest partnership in T20 IPL. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli opened for RCB for the majority of matches from 2011 to 2017. Chris Gayle is a powerful hitter while Virat Kohli likes to play along the ground. This combination of both the players helped to maintain proper run flow in the initial stages of the game. They have scored a total of 2787 runs together, which makes them ranks second on the list.
3. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan-
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan play the role of opener for their respective national teams. They both are aggressive batsmen who score fast runs with calculated risks. Warner and Dhawan represented Sunrisers Hyderabad from 2014 to 2017. Their strong opening partnership of an aggregate of 2357 runs helped the team win many matches. They played a vital role in setting up SRH to win their first title in 2016. Their highest partnership was 137 runs against Gujarat Lions in 2016.
4. Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir-
The left-right combination of Uthappa and Gambhir was very hard to break for the opposition bowlers. Their partnership was underrated but still very impactful for Kolkata Knight Riders. They opened together for KKR three seasons from 2014 to 2017. They together scored 1902 runs in 50 innings. Their partnership led the team to win the title in 2014. Gautam Gambhir was the captain of that season and Robin Uthappa was Orange Cap Holder.
5. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina-
All the other players on the list are the ones who bat in the initial stages of the innings and get more chances to score high runs. On the other hand, this partnership is made in finishing overs of the game. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina are the most consistent players of Chennai Super Kings. Suresh Raina has scored the highest number of runs for CSK, whereas Dhoni has led the team to many difficult wins with his experienced captaincy and powerful hitting. They both have scored 1454 runs and rank fifth on the list.