It was the Test series against Pakistan. Team India’s batters massacred. Almost as close as breaking the 50-year-old record.. finally reached the pavilion.
It was the Test series against Pakistan. Team India’s batters massacred. Almost as close as breaking the 50-year-old record.. finally reached the pavilion. All this happened less than 16 years ago at the Gaddafi Stadium in Pakistan. Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid came close to that record. India’s Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankand put on a 413-run partnership for the first wicket in 1956 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. At that time everyone thought that Sehwag and Dravid would break this record. But if the scene is cut.. they came close to that record.. they disappointed in the end.
Pakistan batted first in this match and declared at 679 runs after losing seven wickets in the first innings. After that, Dravid entered the ring along with Sehwag as the opener for Team India who came to bat. If Sehwag scored fast runs from one end, Dravid kept his wicket down. The pair crossed the 400-run mark by the end of play on the fourth day, January 16, 2006. With this, this pair has entered the records as the opening pair for the second best partnership in an innings in Tests. It also broke the record of Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis of New Zealand who added 387 runs for the first wicket against West Indies in April 1972. By the end of the fourth day, India scored 403 runs without losing any wicket.
World record miss by three runs..
Everyone expected that the pair of Dravid and Sehwag would break the record of Pankaj and Vinula on the fifth day but it did not happen. On the last day of the match, January 17, Sehwag reached the pavilion with Rana bowling the score at 410 on the fifth day. In total, Sehwag scored 254 runs off 247 balls. There were 47 fours and one six in this innings. Only 14 balls were bowled on the final day as play was not possible due to fog. And then the match ended in a draw. On the other hand, Dravid scored an unbeaten 128 runs off 233 balls with the help of 19 fours.