Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly feels that he and his opening partner and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar could have scored 4,000 or more runs together with two different balls from each end and new fielding restrictions in place.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Twitter handle posted a statistics of the dynamic duo. The openers have added 8,277 runs from 176 partnerships at an average of 47.66 in ODI cricket whereas no other pair has crossed even 6,000 runs.
Tendulkar asked his former skipper how many would have been they able to score with the restriction of four fielders outside the ring (30-yard circle) and two new balls.
This brings back wonderful memories Dadi.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 12, 2020
The two openers have 26 100-plus partnerships (six more than any other pair) whereas 29 50-plus partnerships. Only Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have more 50-plus partnership in ODIs (32). Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden equal the record with 29-plus 50-plus partnerships as well.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) May 12, 2020
From the current lot of players, the pair of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli followed by Shikhar Dhawan’s pair with Rohit has the potential to come close to the record. Kohli-Sharma have added 4,878 runs from 80 games whereas Dhawan-Sharma have added 4,847 from 109 games.