The game of cricket is all about building up partnerships and keeping the scoreboard moving. It’s more so in the longer format of the game where the batsmen need to play a ‘wait and watch’ game.
This attains more importance in the case of the openers since a ‘good start’ is half the job done. If the openers are able to give a good platform, then the middle order and the lower middle order can go for the onslaught and put up a good, healthy total on the scoreboard. This also would give a lot of confidence for the batting team bowlers to plan their strategy.
Let us look into three instances of excellent opening partnerships in Tests where the top order had gone on to register runs in excess of 400 for the first wicket.
3 First-wicket Parterships aggregating over 400 runs in Test cricket: