The Indian Premier League or IPL has seen a number of partnerships that have been pivotal in the success of a team or have been influential in getting the fans to back their team to the very end. Be it a batting partnership or just their presence, these duos have left a permanent mark on one of Cricket’s most entertaining tournaments. With IPL 10 all set to kick-off soon, we count down the 9 most exciting jodis in the IPL.
#9 Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh
In the 2011 edition of the IPL these two left handed batting maestros created the third highest batting partnership record of 206 runs in Dharamsala.Gilchrist’s leadership and Marsh’s explosive batting style made them very popular with the fans.These two were very important for the Punjab squad and were a favourite of their pretty franchise-owner Preity Zinta.
#8 Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa
Great friends off the pitch and a dependable opening batting partnership on it. Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are responsible for bringing some stability into the Kolkata Knightriders batting lineup.This opening partnership hasn’t changed for a long time whereas other teams have tried many combinations.
#7 Adam Gilchrist and R.P Singh
In the 2009 edition of the IPL which was played in South Africa, Adam Gilchrist led the Deccan Chargers(the name of the Hyderabad team back then) to victory and he was helped greatly by R.P Singh’s stellar bowling performance that season. Deccan were so good that season that Gilly came second in the race for the orange cap and R.P Singh won the purple cap and they beat Bangalore by 6 runs in the final and therefore this batsman-bowler jodi deserves a mention.
#6 Sohail Tanvir and Shane Warne
They say twenty-twenty is a batsman’s game but these two amazing Rajasthan Royals bowlers bagged 41 wickets between them in the inaugural edition of the IPL and ensured that the Royals became champions when many had not expected them to win it for the lack of big hitters. Sohail Tanvir won the purple cap with 22 wickets to his name.
#5 Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina
These two were talismanic for the Chennai Super Kings in not just one but two back to back seasons and played a vital role in Chennai’s success in the 2010 and 2011 editions. Murali Vijay being Chennai’s local lad was an absolute fan favourite and he helped his cause with consistent performaces throughout both seasons even though the duo missed out on the orange cap on both occasions.
#4 Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine
Though Gambhir failed to win the orange cap and Narine didn’t win the purple cup either but both of them placed second in their respective rankings and carried an average KKR team to IPL glory in 2012. Gambhir’s captaincy was praised by fans and legends alike and with Narine’s almost unplayable bowling in their arsenal KKR had become a formidable team and eventually went on to win their first IPL championship.
#3 MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina
Chennai Super Kings is a team that has been continually blessed with great players like Michael Hussey, Bravo, Ashwin, Jadeja, du Plessis and many more but consistency and stability to this team was brought by the familiar duo of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina.The captain and vice captain duo led CSK to two back to back IPL championships.
#2 Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli
Chris Gayle is widely regarded as the most entertaining batsman in the IPL because of his fearless and explosive batting style and he had the most sixes in consecutive seasons of 2012 and 2013. In 2013 Virat Kohli was his partner in crime and he has taken the mantle from his teammate as the most explosive batsman in the IPL and even though they are yet to lead Bangalore to IPL glory ,who knows this might just be their year.
#1 Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers
In the latest edition of the IPL Virat Kohli won the orange cap with a wopping score of 973 runs and these two explosive batsmen were neck and neck in the most sixes category with Kohli winning that duel as well.No wonder RCB made it to the finals where they were beaten by Hyderabad but no one can deny de Villiers and Kohli set a standard which would be tough for IPL 2017’s batsmen to match.