Opening partnership world record under threat

One of the longer running test batting records is now under threat. Vinoo Mankad’s and Pankay Roy’s opening partnership of 413 in 1955/56 is now under threat from none other than India’s Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid. At 403 for no loss, they are only 10 runs away from that record.

It is quite strange because Dravid is not an opener, and Sehwag was not one till he got settled into that spot. Even though Sehwag has stated that this is not a permanent arrangement (and rightly so), this match will raise certain questions about the batting order.

Why was Dravid the ‘sacrificial’ one? Why did he have to be the opener-interim and not anyone else like Lax, Yuvi, Sachin or Ganguly? Sachin and Ganguly especially because they have opened in one dayers.

Oh well. What this test has proved is that draws are still possible in test matches. What a flatbed pitch this one is. Stoopid.

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4 thoughts on “Opening partnership world record under threat

  1. I did see Dravid, Saurav and Chappel having a long discussion just before the match. The commentators thought, and so do I, that there’s something fishy going on as far as opening is concerned.The only conclusion I could draw is that Dravid ‘wanted to’, ’cause cannot imagine Saurav declining an offer by Chappel or the captain himself.

  2. RPM says:

    Yea, I heard about the ‘animated’ discussion and I assumed it was the media hyping up the story. I am sure there must have been a lot of awkward moments in the dressing room about this whole thing. Oh well. Now, almost a record for Dravid 😉

  3. RPM says:

    I am actually glad that the record stayed intact. It is something that will not be typically broken in these days of ‘sporting’ pitches and aggressive batting (which results in quicker loss of wickets). That record is old and huge and should be left that way.

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