The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one such tournament where fans can see some of the best batsmen from different countries come together and play for one team. Thanks to the cash-rich competition, fans have witnessed legends like Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar walk out together and see memorable partnerships between two of the modern day greats – Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Last year, the duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow dominated most of the tournament. Suresh Raina, the second highest run-getter in the IPL, has opted out of the tournament for personal reasons, but fans will still get the chance to see other greats in action.
The list of top partnerships is dominated by the Royal Challengers Bangalore hitters and their skipper Kohli is the only player to appear on the list three times.
Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers 229 against Gujarat Lions
The Royal Challengers Bangalore rely on these two superstars to win them over when the team gets into trouble. Kohli and de Villiers have been part of some of the most amazing partnerships in IPL history. The pair scored 229 points for the second wicket against Gujarat Lions in 2016. Kohli scored 109 in that match, while de Villiers remained unbeaten at 129.
Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers 215 * vs Mumbai Indians
The dynamic duo Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers showcased their series of shots against the most successful IPL franchise; Mumbai Indians in 2015. The duo attached an unbeaten stand of 215 points after losing early to Chris Gayle. Kohli scored 82 from 50 deliveries, as the former South African batsman worked his way to 133 from just 59 balls.
Adam Gilchrist-Shaun Marsh 206 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Australian pair, representing Kings XI Punjab, scored 206 runs for the second wicket. This time, Royal Challengers Bangalore were on the receiving end as Gilchrist and Marsh hit the bowlers to all areas of the picturesque Dharamsala grounds. Gilchrist contributed 106 runs to the partnership, while Marsh entered with a handy contribution of 79.
Chris Gayle-Virat Kohli 204 * v Delhi Daredevils
Virat Kohli is the only player to appear in three 200-plus stands in the IPL. The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper teamed up with Chris Gayle in 2012 to beat the Delhi bowlers all over the park in their own backyard. Gayle hit 128 runs in an innings consisting of 13 maximums and seven limits, while Kohli, who came in as number three, scored 73 on just 53 deliveries.
David Warner-Jonny Bairstow 185 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
David Warner won the orange cap last season, scoring 692 runs from just 12 games. English wicket-keeper-batsman Jonny Bairtsow impressed everyone with the bat in his first IPL season. Warner and Bairstow gave SunRisers Hyderabad a quick start in almost every game. The duo were at their devastating best against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Both Warner and Bairstow raced to their respective hundreds, giving SRH a massive 118-point victory over Virat Kohli-led RCB.
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