In T20I cricket, Team India has always been a strong opponent to face, and their batting power over the years in all formats has been unmatched. India has been one of the most powerful teams in the globe ever since the introduction of the T20I format.
Let’s have a look at the three most successful opening partnerships for India in T20 Internationals to see how the Indian batters have consistently made sure they have a significant influence on their team in the shortest format.
3) 158 – Shikar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma vs New Zealand in 2017
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma established the third-highest opening partnership for India in T20 international cricket back in 2017. India performed admirably in the first T20I while New Zealand toured them. Team India scored 202 runs when batting first, majority which came from the opening pair of Dhawan and Rohit. They scored 80 runs each, making for a partnership of 158 runs. In the end, India defeated the Black Caps by 53 runs.
2) 160 – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma vs Ireland in 2018
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma also hold the record for the second-highest opening partnership for India in T20Is. They accomplished the milestone in the opening T20I of their series against Ireland in 2018. Dhawan and Rohit each scored 74 and 97, respectively. They scored 160 in tandem and enabled India to win by 76 runs.
1) 165 – KL Rahul-Rohit Sharma vs Sri Lanka in 2017, 165-Yashasvi Jaiswal-Shubman Gill vs West Indies in 2023
Opening partnerships of 165 runs were made by KL Rahul-Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal-Shubman Gill in 2017 and 2023, respectively. Rohit Sharma scored 118 runs, whereas KL Rahul amassed 89 runs against Sri Lanka in the second T20I of Sri Lanka’s India tour. Furthermore, Jaiswal and Gill recently set the record in the fourth T20I of India’s West Indies tour.