Highest Opening Partnerships In IPL 

Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli have the 7th best opening stand in IPL  (X.COM)Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli have the 7th best opening stand in IPL  (X.COM)

Partnerships are vital in high-profile tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the T20I format, the pace of the game is frenetic, and the ability to build substantial partnerships becomes crucial for a team's success. 

The IPL's competitive nature, coupled with the presence of top-tier bowlers, raises the bar for batsmen aiming to establish significant partnerships.

One of the primary reasons for the difficulty in stitching long-standing partnerships in IPL, is the quality and diversity of bowling attacks. 

 In the high-stakes environment of IPL, partnerships often dictate the outcome of matches and leave a lasting impression on the game. Partnerships contribute to the overall momentum of the innings. Positive partnerships can lift the team's spirits and create a favourable atmosphere on the field.

With IPL 2024 just around the corner, let's check out the players with the highest opening partnerships in IPL history. 

IPL 2024 - Highest Opening Partnerships 

Match Date

IPL History- Highest Opening Partnerships  

Match Date
1Quinton de Kock & KL Rahul 210* 1stLSG vs KKR
Mumbai18 May 2022
2Johnny Bairstow & David Warner1851st SRHvs RCBHyderabad (Deccan) 31 Mar 2019
3Gautam Gambhir & Chris Lynn 184*1stKKRv Gujarat Lions Rajkot7 Apr 2017
4KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal183 1st Kings XIvs RoyalsSharjah27 Sep 2020
5Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway 182 1st CSKvs SRH Pune1 May 2022
6Shane Watson & Faf du Plessis181* 1st Super Kingsvs Kings XI Dubai (DSC)4 Oct 2020
7Virat Kohli & Devdutt Padikkal181* 1st RCBvs RoyalsMumbai22 Apr 2021
8Chris Gayle & TM Dilshan167 1st RCBvs Warriors Bengaluru23 Apr 2013
9Sachin Tendulkar & Dwayne Smith163* 1st Mumbai Indiansvs RoyalsJaipur20 May 2012
10David Warner & Johnny Bairstow 160 1stSunrisersvs Kings XI Dubai (DSC)8 Oct 2020

Top 3 Partners With Highest Opening Partnerships  

Quinton de Kock & KL Rahul (210* runs)

Quinton de Kock & KL Rahul has the highest partnership (X.COM)Quinton de Kock & KL Rahul has the highest partnership (X.COM)

The top spot on this list is occupied by Lucknow Super Giants duo KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock, who added runs in the clash against Kolkata Knight Riders. The duo made an absolute mockery of KKR bowlers as the ball was flying all over the park.

Quinton de Kock's century off just 59 balls, which included six fours and seven sixes, showcases his exceptional batting skills and ability to dominate the opposition bowlers. KL Rahul's contribution of 68 runs off 41 balls further solidified Lucknow Super Giant's commanding position in the match.

Johnny Bairstow & David Warner (185 runs)

Jonny Bairstow and David Warner's explosive partnership (X.COM)Jonny Bairstow and David Warner's explosive partnership (X.COM)

Jonny Bairstow and David Warner's explosive partnership at the top of the order completely dominated RCB's bowling attack.

Bairstow's innings of 114 runs off 56 balls and Warner's century, scoring 100 runs off 55 balls, provided SRH with a formidable total of 231/2 in their 20 overs. Their partnership of 185 runs for the first wicket laid the foundation for SRH's massive score.

In response, RCB struggled to handle SRH's bowling attack and collapsed to a total of 113 runs, losing the match by a significant margin of 118 runs. Bairstow's outstanding century earned him the player of the match award, rightfully recognizing his exceptional performance in that game.

Gautam Gambhir & Chris Lynn (184* runs) 

Gautam Gambhir & Chris Lynn have made 184* runs together (X.COM)Gautam Gambhir & Chris Lynn have made 184* runs together (X.COM)

In this match, Gujarat Lions posted a competitive total of 183/4 in their 20 overs, with Suresh Raina leading the charge with his innings of 68 runs off 51 balls.

However, KKR's response was nothing short of spectacular. Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn formed a formidable opening partnership, adding 184 runs for the first wicket.

 Lynn's explosive innings of 93 runs off just 41 balls and Gambhir's composed 76 runs off 48 balls propelled KKR to victory with 10 wickets in hand and 31 balls to spare.

Highest Opening Partnerships In IPL : Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1 Which team has highest opening partnership in IPL?

Answer: The 210-run stand between Lucknow's Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul is the highest opening partnership in Indian T20 League history.

Q.2 Who is the best opener in IPL history?

Answer: Record-Breaking Runs: Rohit Sharma holds the record for the most runs scored by an opener in IPL history, with over 6200 runs to his name. 

Q.3 Who has the most 100 plus opening partnerships in IPL?

Answer: The duo of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) tops the list with six 100-plus opening partnerships.

Q.4 Which partnership is the best in IPL?

Answer: AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli: 229 runs (Bangalore vs. Gujarat, 2016) Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers hold the record for the highest partnership in the IPL.