New Delhi: On Friday, Maharashtra batsmen Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne posted an unbroken 594-run stand in their Ranji Trophy match against visiting Delhi at the historic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Gugale, who's captaining the Maharashtra team decided to declare their innings at 635 for 2, when First-class world record partnership was well within their reach.
In 2006, Sri Lankan legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene stitched a 634-run partnership for the third wicket against South Africa at Colombo. This is the only instance a partnership breached the 600-run mark in First-class cricket.
But the 500-run mark has been breached at least 14 times. Interestingly, Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja who bats lower down the order, Ravindra Jadeja is the only player beside West Indies legend Frank Worrell to have featured twice in the list. And, it has been achieved only twice in Test cricket, both by Sri Lanka.
The following is the list of top 15 partnerships in First-class cricket.
1. 624: Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene – Sri Lanka vs South Africa at Colombo (2006)
2. 594*: Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne – Maharashtra vs Delhi at Mumbai (2016/17)
3. 580: Rafatullah Mohmand and Aamer Sajjad – Sui Southern Gas Corporation vs WAPDA at Sheikhupura (2009-10)
4. 577: Vijay Hazare and Gul Mahomed – Baroda vs Holkar at Baroda (1946-47)
5. 576: Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama – Sri Lanka vs India at Colombo (1997-98)
6. 574*: Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell – Barbados vs Trinidad at Port-of-Spain (1945-46)
7. 561: Waheed Mirza and Mansoor Akhtar – Karachi Whites vs Quetta at Karachi (1976-77)
8. 555: Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe – Yorkshire vs Essex at Leyton (1932)
9. 554: Jack Brown and John Tunnicliffe – Yorkshire vs Derbyshire at Chesterfield (1898)
10. 539: Sagar Jogiyani and Ravindra Jadeja – Saurashtra vs Gujarat at Surat (2012-13)
11. 523: Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie – Hampshire vs Yorkshire at Southampton (2011)
12. 520*: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja – Saurashtra vs Orissa at Rajkot (2008-09)
13. 503: Ryan Carters and Aaron Finch – Cricket Australia XI vs New Zealanders at Sydney (2015/16)
14. 502*: Frank Worrell and John Goddard – Barbados vs Trinidad at Bridgetown (1943-44)
15. 501: Alviro Petersen and Ashwell Prince – Lancashire vs Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay (2015)