Highest Partnership in IPL History: All Records

| Posted on July 26, 2023

Are you thinking about the highest partnerships in IPL history? Read the content below to know about the IPL partnership records. 

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has captured the imaginations of cricket lovers around the world from the start. With its stars, electrifying performances, and some nail-biting encounters, the IPL has become a league like no other. 

From the batting perspective, partnerships hold immense significance, as they signify the art of collaboration and teamwork on the field. When two batsmen come together, their brilliance and combined efforts can take the team in a whole new direction. We all know about the most dangerous teams of IPL, now it is time to address the highest and the best batting partnerships in IPL history.  

These types of partnerships not only boost the team’s chances of winning the match but also captivate audiences, leaving them in awe of the batsmen’s brilliance.

Today, this article will delve into the world of IPL and unravel the tales behind the highest partnerships in IPL history. From remarkable run feats to marathon innings, we will explore the partnerships that have left quite a lasting impression in fans’ hearts. 

Join us as we dive deep into the realm of the highest partnerships in IPL.

Let the journey begin!

List of Highest Partnerships in IPL History

The awesome duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers holds the record for the highest partnership ever in an IPL match for any wicket. The duo added 229 runs against the Gujarat Lions in the 2016 season of the IPL, scoring a century each to guide their team to victory. Both AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli being considered the most dangerous batsman in IPL history makes this duo even more dangerous.

Now, let’s explore the list of the top 10 IPL partnership records you should look at. This list will highlight the caliber and brilliance of the players involved. 

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers2292ndRCBGLBengaluru14/05/2016
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers215*2ndRCBMIMumbai10/05/2015
Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul210*1stLSGKKRMumbai18/05/2022
Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh2062ndKXIPRCBDharamsala17/05/2011
Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli204*2ndRCBDDDelhi17/05/2012
David Warner, Naman Ojha189*2ndDDDC*Hyderabad (Deccan)10/05/2012
Jonny Bairstow, David Warner1851stSRHRCBHyderabad (Deccan)31/03/2019
Gautam Gambhir, Chris Lynn184*1stKKRGLRajkot07/04/2017
Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul1831stKXIPRRAbu Dhabi27/09/2020
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway1821stCSKSRHPune01/05/2022

Now, we will explore when and how these partnerships came to fruition.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli: 229 runs (Bangalore vs. Gujarat, 2016)

virat and abd

The most successful IPL duo, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, holds the record for the highest partnership in the IPL. In a match against Gujrat Lions in 2016, batting first, the duo displayed their batting skills by adding 229 runs off just 96 balls to take their team to a formidable total of 248/3. 

Both Virat Kohli (109 off 55 balls) and AB de Villiers (129 off 52 balls) made centuries in that match. 

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers: 215* runs (Bangalore vs. Mumbai, 2015)

virat 219

This amazing duo features second on the list as well for their well-made 215 runs. It was in the 2015 season, the duo put together a dominant second-wicket partnership of 215 runs against the Mumbai Indians. 

After the early departure of Chris Gayle, Kohli, and de Villiers took charge and smashed them all over the ground. Virat and AB were both not out in that inning with individual scores of 82 off 50 and 133 off 59 respectively. 

Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul: 210* (Lucknow vs. Kolkata, 2022)

quinton and rahul

Playing for the newly formed team Lucknow Super Giants, Quinton de Kock, and KL Rahul didn’t just break the opening partnership record, they shattered it by 25 runs. And the record for the highest opening partnership in IPL is now with these two. 

Although they started the innings slowly but picked up the pace in the later half of the innings. Their exceptional performance saw them accumulate an astonishing 99 runs in the final 6 overs, which is outstanding and unbelievable even for these two talented players. Quinton de Kock scored 140 runs for the team, which was the third-highest individual score in IPL history. 

Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh: 206 runs (Punjab vs. Bangalore, 2011)

Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh

The pair of Australian superstars Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh started the 200 runs partnership club for any wicket in IPL. They held the record for more than 4 years.

This kind of batting was not common in that era of IPL. The duo started their onslaught right after the wicket of Paul Valthaty and took their team to a massive total of 232/2 in 20 overs. 

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli: 204 runs (Bangalore vs. Delhi, 2012)

virat and gayle

The king of IPL, Virat Kohli features for a record third time in the top five highest partnerships in IPL and became one of the most dangerous batsman in IPL. In the match against Delhi which is considered as worst IPL team because of lowest win percentage of 43.96 in 2012,  after the early dismissal of Dilshan, Virat Joined forces with his buddy Chris Gayle in the middle. After that, the two batsmen, especially Chris hammered the Delhi bowling attack and scored 128 runs off just 62 balls. 

While Kohli also pitched in with a solid 73 runs from 53 balls. This partnership ensured Bangalore reached 215 runs before restricting Delhi to 194. 

David Warner and Naman Ojha: 189* Runs (Delhi vs. Hyderabad, 2012) 

David Warner and Naman Ojha

In a memorable match in 2012, David Warner and Naman Ojha formed a formidable partnership of 189 runs to guide their team Sunrisers Hyderabad to victory. Batting first, Hyderabad set a challenging total of 187 runs in 20 overs. 

Delhi started with an aggressive approach, which saw the departure of Virender Sehwag in just the second ball of the match. Naman Ojha came to the crease to support David Warner, and the duo started attacking the bowlers early on. Eventually, they won the match in the 17th over without losing any more wickets. 

David Warner and Jonny Bairstow: 185 Runs (Hyderabad vs. Bangalore, 2019) 

David Warner and Jonny Bairstow

The pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow wreaked a lot of havoc in the 2019 season, and this was one of the partnerships they forged in the process. Both players scored centuries in that match to take their team to a winnable total. 

David Warner scored 100 off 55 balls, and Jonny Bairstow scored 114 off just 56 balls. This was one of the IPL’s highest partnerships ever witnessed by the fans. 

Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir: 184* Runs (Kolkata vs. Gujarat Lions, 2017)

Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir

In a match against the Gujarat Lions, the Kolkata team set a target of 184 runs to chase down. Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn came to open the inning for Kolkata and batted for 15 overs to take their team to victory. 

They came to the crease with the sole intention of winning the game as soon as possible. And fortunately, they achieved their goals with five overs to spare, with Gambhir scoring 76 off 48 and Lynn Scoring 93 off 41. 

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal: 183 Runs (Punjab vs. Rajasthan, 2020)

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal

KL Rahul and Mayank had many great partnerships together, but in their match against the Rajasthan Royals in 2020, they brought the best out of them. As an opening pair for Punjab, they put together a scintillating 183 runs partnership with amazing strokeplay. Eventually, Punjab managed to score 223/2 in their 20 overs. 

However, Rajasthan’s players had different plans as they chased down the target with 3 balls to spare. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway: 182 Runs (Chennai vs. Hyderabad, 2022)

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway have been the key players for the Chennai franchise for the past few years. They played one of the key innings for their team in 2022, when they took on Hyderabad and registered an opening partnership of 182 runs and enters CSK in IPL winner list. This was the highest opening partnership in IPL 2022. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 99 runs off 57 balls, and Devon Conway scored 85 off 55 balls. Their team scored 202/2 in 20 overs, and in the end, Chennai won by 13 runs. 

Concluding Remarks

As you’ve seen, players with extraordinary skills and determination managed to create partnerships for the ages. While several players have been featured on this list multiple times, there is only one player who stands out with three 200+ partnerships – Virat Kohli. 

Yes, Virat Kohli is the only player that is involved in three 200+ partnerships in the history of the IPL. Achievements like these make Virat Kohli the Goat in Cricket. His hunger to score runs, exceptional batting prowess, and ability to forge massive partnerships make him a standout player in the IPL. 

Do share your thoughts on this with us and tell us what you think. 

Now, we will take a look at some of the frequently asked questions from fans on this topic. After that, if you’re still in the mood for more, you can check our list on the most dangerous bowlers in IPL history and keep learning more about IPL history. 

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Ans: KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock hold the record for the highest 1st wicket partnership in IPL. 

Ans: Well, the legendary duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers hold the record for the highest partnership ever in IPL with 229 runs in the 2016 season. 

Ans: In 2022, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway scored 182 runs for the first wicket for Chennai, which was the highest partnership in IPL 2022. 

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