‘Sachin, Sourav batted like it was an ODI. Treated England like schoolboys’ | Cricket

Several Indian batting pairs have come and gone, but none have been as prolific as the sight of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly ravaging the opposition. Tendulkar and Ganguly remain the most successful ODI batting pair to have scored more than 6600 runs in partnerships that open the innings. With 21 centuries and 23 fifties, the couple Tendulkar and Ganguly are comfortably at the top.

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In ODIs, Tendulkar and Ganguly were no match, but even in Tests, the two have built memorable collaborations. With a total of 4173 runs scored in Tests, Sachin and Sourav have set a stand of more than 12 centuries, with a highest partnership of 281. Their second highest partnership was worth 249 runs against England in a match at Headingley in 2002 – the famous Leeds Test, the only instance of the Big 3 of Indian cricket – Dravid, Tendulkar and Ganguly – that went on for centuries in the same innings of a Test match.

Dravids 148, Tendulkar’s 193 and a knock of 128 from Ganguly saw India pile up a mammoth 628/8 declared under a cloudy sky. The partnership between Tendulkar and Ganguly – where the two went after bowling – was special as it stripped England and his bowling attack. Matthew Hoggard, Alex Tudor, Andrew Caddick… no one was spared as four English bowlers conceded over 100 runs.

“It was fun to watch that Indian batting duo Tendulkar and Ganguly play with the English bowling like they were schoolboys. When the statement was thought of, Sachin and Sourav were hitting like it was a one-day game,” said the former India captain Sunil Gavaskar in the docu-series ‘Architects in White’ streaming on SONY LIV.

It was a remarkable exhibition of world-class percussion. It would have been unthinkable to score 600 on a Leeds wicket batting on a cloudy first day, but Team India made it. The at bat was supported superbly by India’s bowlers as spinning duo Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh each took three wickets in the first innings, giving India a huge lead. In the second innings, Kumble scalped four more to finish with a match tally of 7 wickets as India defeated England by an innings and 46 runs to make the series 1-1.

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