India’s Top 5 Most Successful Batting Pairs In ODI Cricket By Average

The most successful batting pairs in ODI Cricket for India.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 07: MS Dhoni of India and Indian captain Virat Kohli during the 3rd Momentum ODI match between South Africa and India at PPC Newlands on February 07, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Who Are India’s Top 5 Most Successful Batting Pairs In ODI Cricket?

Have you ever wondered who are the most successful batting pairs in One-Day Internationals? Especially, in the context of Indian Cricket?

First and foremost, team LastWordOnCricket wishes all our Indian readers a very Happy National Friendship Day.

While we celebrate friendship day in India today, here are India’s top 5 pairs who have contributed most (in terms of average) towards Indian victories.

The only filter we used is the pair should have at least batted for winning cause 25 times.

5. Rahul Dravid – Mohammad Kaif: 70.35

Mumbai, INDIA: ndian captain Rahul Dravid (L) is hugged by Mohammed Kaif (R) after winning the final one day international match against South Africa at the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai, 28 November 2005. India, who restricted South Africa to 221-6 after electing to field on the slow wicket, surpassed the modest target for the loss of five wickets with 15 deliveries to spare. AFP PHOTO/Sebastian D’SOUZA. (Photo credit should read SEBASTIAN D’SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

Kaif’s introduction to international cricket not only brought a revolution in Indian fielding but it also boosted the batting of Indian lower middle order.

The UP cricketer alongside Rahul Dravid batted on 25 occasions to score 1407 runs at 70.35 to take India through to victory many a time.

They were also involved in seven 100 run and 4 fifty run partnerships including their best of 132* for 6th wicket against Pakistan in Lahore 2004.

Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Kaif sit 5th on the list of India’s most successful batting pairs.

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4. MS Dhoni – Yuvraj Singh: 70.72

VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA: Indian wicketkeeper Mahender Dhoni (R) celebrates with teammate Yuvraj Singh after catching Pakistani batsman Abdul Razzaq behind during the second one day international between India and Pakistan in Visakhapatnam, 05 April 2005. India beat Pakistan by 58 runs with a total of 356 runs to Pakistan’s 298. AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read Indranil MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

Yuvraj Singh-MS Dhoni are India’s one of the most legendary duos. Right from 2005, these two have contributed towards the team’s victory in many ways.

They have combined toghether to make sure that India has finished on a winning note 40 times and scored 2334 at 70.72 crossing the hundred and fifty run marks 10 and 9 times respectively.

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Their stand of 256 runs for fourth wicket against England in 2017 goes down as their best partnership in terms of runs. They rescued India from early trouble in that ODI. India were 25-3, due to brilliance with the new ball from Chris Woakes. However, hundreds with both MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh helped India win a thrilling contest by 15 runs.

MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh sit 4th on the list of India’s most successful batting pairs.

3. Virat Kohli – Suresh Raina: 72.04

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 15: Virat Kohli of India celebrates as he reaches his century as Suresh Raina (R) runs betweeen the wickets during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on February 15, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

This might come as a surprise for many but Virat and Raina have come together 28 times to score 1657 runs at 72.04 and made sure that India wins the game.

The duo is never been talked much but have stitched 7 hundred runs and 5 fifty run partnerships to help India cross the line.

Their best while winning team against Sri Lanka in 2012 where they added unbeaten 146 in Colombo.

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This arguably goes down as one of the least mentioned Indian batting pair.

Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina sit number 3 on our list of India’s most successful batting pairs.

2. MS Dhoni – Suresh Raina: 74.54

MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina have been very successful in ODI victories batting together for India
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) runs between the wickets with his teammate Suresh Raina (R) during the second ODI (One Day International) cricket match between Bangladesh and India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on June 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

While talking about successful Indian pairs we always think of Dhoni and Raina.

In India’s victories, the duo has paired up 40 times to score 2311 runs at an average of 74.54 coming back unbeaten nine times.

In 2014, at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina rescued India from 132-4 to 304/6. The pair put on a partnership of 144. Suresh Raina scored a century in that game. MS Dhoni scored a half-century. Both played at quicker than a run-a-ball to help India to victory over England by 133 runs.

They also have had 7 hundred run and 12 fifty run partnerships which came into winning cause.

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Perhaps one of the best pairs to watch among Indian batsmen because they know each other’s game really well. This is because of their time playing together for India and for CSK.

MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina sit second on the list of India’s most successful batting pairs.

1. Virat Kohli – Rohit Sharma: 81.88

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are two of India's best batsmen in ODI cricket.
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – AUGUST 11: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma of India chat during the second MyTeam11 ODI between the West Indies and India at the Queen’s Park Oval on August 11, 2019 in Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

The captain – vice captain duo of Rohit and Virat average the most when India wins.

These two have paired up to win India games 48 times having scored 3603 runs at a prolific average of 81.88.

They also have 14 hundred and 11 fifty run partnerships to their name while winning.

In recent times, the pair have been the best batting duo in world cricket, putting together scintillating partnerships. Along with Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni, they have carried India’s batting over the last few years.

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Their highest partnership came against West Indies in 2018 where they added 246 runs for 2nd wicket.

All of the duos on our list of most successful batting pairs in ODI Cricket have been excellent for Indian Cricket. Who is your favourite duo to watch?

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