New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently took to Twitter to reassert the phenomenal partnership statistic between batting legends Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in (ODI) One Day International fixtures.

Sachin and Ganguly together share a partnership statistics of over 8,000 runs, whereas no other batting pair has exceeded 6,000 runs in the ODIs so far.

Yet, when the ICC marked the legend of this stats in its tweet, both on-pitch partners couldn’t stop but wonder, how many more they would have added to this figure if ICC had its ‘four fielders outside the ring and 2 new balls’ rule back when the duo was playing to the top of their games respectively? 2000 or 4000 runs?

“Sachin Tendulkar + Sourav Ganguly in ODIs:
-Partnerships: 176
-Runs: 8,227
-Average: 47.55 No other pair has crossed even 6,000 runs together in ODIs,” ICC wrote in a tweet.

To which Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar replied: “This brings back wonderful memories Dadi. How many more do you think we would’ve been able to score with the restriction of 4 fielders outside the ring and 2 new balls? @SGanguly99 @ICC.”

Sourav Ganguly was also quick to respond and added that the pair could have easily added 4,000 more runs to their overall partnership statistics if ICChad ‘four fielders outside the ring and 2 new balls’ rule back when they were playing.

“Another 4000 or so ..2 new .. sounds like a cover drive flying to the boundary in the first over of the game.. for the remaining 50 overs. @ICC @sachin_rt,” Sourav Ganguly wrote on Twitter.

The veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who bowled most of his career when Sachin and Ganguly used to play also echoed the sentiment and critiqued the rule: “At least few more thousands runs easily..such a bad rule this is..need few bowlers in @ICC to keep th balance right bitween bat and ball.. and games become more competitive when team scores 260/270 now days everyone scorning 320/30 plus and getting chased as well often,” Harbhajan Singh wrote.

Apart from putting up great partnerships, both Ganguly and Tendulkar have done wonders with their respective bats in the ODI cricket. Sachin Tendulkar played 463 ODIs, scoring 18426 runs at an average of 44.83. Sourav Ganguly, on the other hand, played 311 ODIs, scoring 11363 runs.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta