Partnerships are an essential aspect of cricket, often serving as the backbone of a team’s batting performance. Over the years, we have witnessed some remarkable partnerships that have shaped the outcome of matches and etched their names in the record books. In this article, we explore the top partnership runs achieved in a single season across various editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Topping the list is the formidable duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, who combined forces for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2016 season. Together, they amassed a staggering 939 runs, leaving opposition bowlers in despair. Their exceptional batting prowess and understanding of each other’s game proved to be a nightmare for opponents as they dismantled bowling attacks with remarkable ease.
Interestingly, the same partnership record of 939 runs was equaled in the 2023 season by Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, once again representing RCB. Their remarkable consistency and ability to forge substantial partnerships propelled RCB’s campaign and further solidified their places in the record books.
Next on the list is the dynamic duo of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway, who formed a prolific partnership for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 2023 season. Their combined efforts resulted in a formidable total of 849 runs, showcasing their ability to consistently deliver impactful performances. Gaikwad’s elegant stroke play combined with Conway’s explosive batting style proved to be a winning formula for CSK.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) witnessed a memorable partnership between David Warner and Jonny Bairstow during the 2019 season. The duo’s aggressive batting approach yielded a total of 791 runs, leaving spectators in awe of their power-hitting capabilities. Warner’s destructive hitting and Bairstow’s calculated aggression complemented each other perfectly, making them a formidable opening pair.
Another noteworthy partnership on the list is the one between Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad for CSK in the 2021 season. Together, they amassed an impressive total of 756 runs, showcasing their ability to build crucial partnerships and stabilize the CSK innings. Du Plessis’ experience combined with Gaikwad’s youthful exuberance proved to be a winning combination for the team.