I think our best innings was the 193-run opening partnership against Australia in the 4th ODI in Mohali in 2019 – Shikhar Dhawan
Experienced cricketer Shikhar Dhawan has been out of Team India for a long time. At present, Shubman Gill is considered ahead of him in white ball cricket. Along with Rohit Sharma, the pair formed one of the most dangerous opening partnerships in ODI cricket and together they have broken many records in the past.
The pair of Dhawan and Rohit are the fourth pair in ODI history to cross the 5000-run mark as openers. Earlier, this feat was achieved in ODI cricket by the pair of Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist-Matthew Hayden and Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes. Speaking about their friendship, the left-handed batsman credited Rohit for his success in international cricket. He said that their partnership gave Team India the foundation to chase bigger targets in the past.
Shikhar Dhawan praised Rohit Sharma fiercely
While talking to Times of India, Shikhar Dhawan said, ‘I have got a lot of support in opening the innings with Rohit Sharma. When you get better support, the team definitely gets a good start. With this you can easily chase the runs or make a big score. I really want to give the credit for my great performance and success to Rohit Sharma.”
He further said, “Rohit at the other end gives a sense of comfort and assurance. I think our best innings was a 193-run partnership against Australia in the fourth ODI in Mohali in 2019 and the second best innings would be against Pakistan in the 2018 Asia Cup in Dubai where we had a partnership of 210 runs for the first wicket.”
Dhawan now plays only in the Indian Premier League and has performed well for Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the last few editions. Despite this, he is not able to make a comeback in Team India. India’s doors may be closed for him as priority will be given to Yashasvi Jaiswal and Gill but if they perform well with the bat in the upcoming IPL, then things may be different in the T20 World Cup.
Let us tell you that in the last edition of IPL, it was ranked eighth. They will be aiming to improve in IPL 2024 and with that aim, the franchise had bought some other players in the auction including Harshal Patel, Riley Rousseau and Chris Woakes.
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