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Deadly duos: Some of the finest opening pairs in cricket's history

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the finest opening batsmen in cricket - Desmond Haynes. He was also famously known for his brilliant opening partnership with Gordon Greenidge. On this day, we look at the most deadliest of opening pairs in cricket.

Desmond Haynes - Gordon Greenidge (1978-1991)
Haynes and Greenidge
Team - West Indies. In Tests: Runs - 6482. Highest partnership - 298. 100s/50s - 16/26
In ODIs: Runs - 5150. Highest partnership - 192*. 100s/50s - 15/24

Sachin Tendulkar - Sourav Ganguly (1996-2007)
tendulkar, ganguly
Team - India. In ODIs: Runs - 6609. Highest partnership- 258. 100s/50s - 21/23. (Pic/ AFP)

Adam Gilchrist - Matthew Hayden (2001-2008)
gilchrist and hayden
Team - Australia. In ODIs: Runs - 5372. Highest partnership - 172. 100s/ 50s - 16/29. (Pic/ AFP)

Sanath Jayasuriya - Marvan Atapattu (1997-2007)
jayasuriya and atapattu
Team - Sri Lanka. In Tests: Runs - 4469, Highest partnership - 335. 100s/ 50s - 9/24
In ODIs: Runs - 3382. Highest partnership - 237. 100s/ 50s - 8/19. (Pic/ AFP)

Sachin Tendulkar - Virender Sehwag (2002-2012)
Team - India. In ODIs: Runs - 3919. Highest partnership - 182. 100s/ 50s - 12/18.

Gary Kirsten - Herschelle Gibbs (1996-2003)
kirsten and gibbs
Team - South Africa. In ODIs: Runs - 2838. Highest partnership - 235. 100s/ 50s - 9/12. (Pic/ AFP)

Adam Gilchrist - Mark Waugh (1998-2002)
Team - Australia. In ODIs: Runs - 3853. Highest partnership - 206. 100s/50s - 8/20

Alastair Cook - Andrew Strauss (2006-2012)
Team - England. In Tests: Runs - 4711. Highest partnership - 229. 100s/50s - 12/18.

Gautam Gambhir - Virender Sehwag (2004-2012)
virender sehwag, gautam gambhir
Team - India. In Tests: Runs - 4412. Highest partnership - 233. 100s/50s - 11/25. (Pic/ AFP)

Mathew Hayden - Justin Langer (2001-2007)
matthew hayden, justin langer
Team - Australia. In Tests: Runs - 5655. Highest partnership - 255. 100s/50s - 14/24. (Pic/ AFP)

Aamer Sohail - Saeed Anwar (1990-2000)
Team - Pakistan. In ODIs: Runs - 2856. Highest partnership - 173. 100s/50s - 3/20

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