West Indies made history when they won the inaugural ODI World Cup in 1975. They dominated in the next edition as well and also won the 1979 ODI World Cup beating Australia in the final. They were a true force to reckon with in the 50-over format. However, over the years, West Indies cricket has seen many ups and downs.
But still, there are many records that this team holds in the game. One of those records is that West Indies scored the top two biggest partnerships in the history of the ODI format. And here, we will talk about the highest first-wicket stand for the 1975 and 1979 ODI World Cup winners in the 50-over cricket.
Highest Opening Partnership in ODI by West Indies
|John Campbell and Shai Hope||365||Ireland||Dublin||5 May 2019|
|Stuart Williams and Shivnarine Chanderpaul||200*||India||Bridgetown||3 May 1997|
|Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul||193||South Africa||Johannesburg||4 Feb 2004|
|Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes||192*||New Zealand||Christchurch||28 Mar 1987|
|Chris Gayle and Wavell Hinds||192||Bangladesh||Southampton||15 Sep 2004|
|Evin Lewis and Shai Hope||192||Sri Lanka||North Sound||12 Mar 2021|
|Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes||185||India||Georgetown||21 Mar 1989|
|Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes||182||Pakistan||Melbourne||21 Nov 1981|
|Brain Lara and Desmond Haynes||175*||Pakistan||Melbourne||23 Feb 1992|
|Chris Gayle and Darren Ganga||174||Kenya||Nairobi||15 Aug 2001|
3. Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (193) vs South Africa in 2004
or West Indies, the third highest opening partnership came in February 2004m, when they faced South Africa. It was the final game of the five-match series in Johannesburg. It started with West Indies winning the toss and electing to bat first. They started brilliantly with a big partnership of 193 runs for the first wicket between Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Chanderpaul made 85 runs while Gayle scored a big century.
He made 152 unbeaten. That stand helped West Indies to register a big total of 304/2 in their first inning. It looked challenging but South Africa was equally good with the bat. Jacques Kallis led the chase with an excellent century. He made 139 runs with 11 fours and three sixes to guide his team to a four-wicket win. South Africa made 310/6 in 49.4 overs to win the game.
2. Stuart Williams and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (200*) vs India in 1997
The second highest opening stand for the West Indies came way back in May 1997. they locked horns with India in Bridgetown. After winning the toss, the Caribbean team decided to bowl first and their bowlers proved the decision right. Team India didn’t look comfortable and the batters struggled in the middle. They only managed 199/7 in their batting inning. Ajay Jadeja was the top scorer with unbeaten 68 runs.
That wasn’t a big target to chase both West Indian openers made it easier for their team. None of them got out and they chased down the target with all ten wickets in hand. The pair of Stuart Williams and Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 200 runs without any wickets in 44.4 overs to help their team win. Williams was 78 not out while Chanderpaul scored an unbeaten century. The left-hander scored 109 runs with 15 fours and one six.
1. John Campbell and Shai Hope (365) vs Ireland in 2019
There is only one time when an opening pair has crossed the 350-run mark in the history of 50-over cricket. And that partnership belongs to West Indies. It came in May 2019 against Ireland in Dublin. That game saw two big centuries from West Indian opener. Batting first, West Indies scored a massive total of 381/3 in their inning. Both openers played almost all the fifty overs. They added the biggest opening stand of 365 runs in 47.2 overs.
John Campbell made 179 off 137 balls, with 15 fours and six maximums while Shai Hope scored 152-ball 170 runs, including 22 fours and two sixes. Both of them scored their career-best ODI score. Ireland couldn’t reach even 200 and got dismissed for just 185 runs in 34.4 overs. Thus, West Indies won the game by 196 runs. This partnership is still a record for the first wicket.