Gautam Gambhir's recent remark "We still average 53 as an opening pair, which I think is one of the best when it comes to opening the batting in world cricket," is not far from truth. Gambhir and Virender Sehwag’s partnership average of 52.69 is not only the fifth highest in Test cricket history among openers involved in 50 or more innings, but also the best among contemporary opening pairs. The next best are Englishmen Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss, who average just 40.96 runs per innings. Therefore, Gambhir was rightly indignant because the pair’s current form was questioned.
Moreover, their partnership aggregate of 4110 runs is the fifth highest among all Test openers and among current openers, only Cook and Stauss better their aggregate by 611 runs. Table 1 lists the top openers in Test cricket history with partnership averages of 50-plus after playing together in at least 50 innings. Bill Lawry and Bob Simpson, the Australian openers, take the top position with an average of 60.94, followed by Len Hutton and Cyril Washbrook, the English duo, with 60.00. Hershelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith of South Africa and Chetan Chauhan and Sunil Gavaskar lie ahead of Gambhir and Sehwag. Table 2 has openers with the highest partnership aggregates in Test cricket history. Here, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, the West Indians, are on top of the elite list with 6482 runs.