The pair that played most Matches but have not batted together

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Cricket records batting – All International sports activity have come to a standstill due to the Coronavirus crisis. Well, today we will be talking about pairs that played matches together but never got the chance to bat as pairs. The pair of Rohit-Bumrah have never batted together even after playing more than 100 matches.

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Rohit and Bumrah have played together in four Tests, 55 ODIs and 39 T20 Internationals so far. Rohit has been playing the role of a regular opener since 2013, while Bumrah got his international cricket debut in 2016. He has so far batted in only 42 innings from 128 international matches, out of which, he has batted at number 11 in 34 innings. In 101 innings of 98 matches in which Rohit and Bumrah played together, this fast bowler batted in only 23 innings. Interestingly, Rohit’s bat remained blunt in most of these 23 innings.

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Rohit, who specialises in playing long innings, was able to score only one century and two half-centuries in these innings. Meanwhile, in 18 innings, he could not progress beyond 15 runs. Rohit has also played 80 international matches (47 ODIs and 33 T20 Internationals) so far with Yuzvendra Chahal but both of them have also never batted together.

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Indian captain Virat Kohli and Chahal have also not yet batted together in 64 matches (39 ODIs and 25 T20 Internationals) that they played together.

Despite playing most matches together in international cricket, the record of never batting together is in the name of Sri Lanka’s Jayasuriya and Muralitharan. These two played a total of 408 matches (90 Tests, 307 ODIs and 11 T20 Internationals) together, but coincidentally, they never batted together.

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Jayasuriya started his career as a middle lower-order batsman but was later established as an opener. Muralitharan, on the other hand, was always a lower-order batsman. He went on to bat at number 10 or number 11 in his career. He came in to bat at eighth in five innings and ninth in 45 innings. Out of these 408 matches, Muralitharan batted in 267 innings.

Incidentally, Jayasuriya was already out in all these innings and hence Muralitharan could never get out to bat while staying at one end of his innings. Some such opportunities did come, while at the crease of Jayasuriya, but Muralitharan could not get a chance to bat.

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For example, when Muralitharan started his Test career, Jayasuriya used to bat at number six or seven. But the coincidence became such that the number 11 batsman, Muralitharan never got the batting because Jayasuriya was out early.

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Talking about Jayasuriya, he played a total of 468 innings while staying in Muralitharan’s team, scoring 15964 runs, which includes 32 centuries and 87 half-centuries. But, he could never pair up with the world veteran off-spinner.

Jayasuriya has had 39 partnerships in matches featuring Muralidhardhan. He has teamed up 219 times in such matches with Marvan Atapattu and 101 times with Romesh Kaluvitarna. Interestingly, Muralitharan batted in four innings with Kaluvitarna and two innings with Atapattu.

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