India’s openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have surpassed the record of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. The current Indian openers have thus far combined to amass 4389 runs. On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag had scored 4387 runs while opening the innings for the India National Cricket Team.
Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have 8227 runs as openers which is the highest in 50-overs version. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma started opening since the 2013 Champions Trophy. Since then the duo has been instrumental in the success of the team.
Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have brought their 100 runs alliance in the ongoing fourth ODI at Mohali against Australia. This is the 15th hundred runs stand between the Indian openers as they equal the record of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden had 16 ODI hundred stands between them. On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly had recorded 21-century associations.
In fact, both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma has had a quiet 2019. Thus, this partnership must have added a shot in the arm to both of them. Dhawan was in need of runs and the southpaw batsman was able to hit the ground running after Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first.
Dhawan scored his 28th ODI fifty as the southpaw batsman was the aggressor in the partnership. The left-hander had only scored two fifties in the last 16 ODI matches and thus this knock must have added to his confidence. Dhawan is currently batting unbeaten on 60 whereas Rohit Sharma is on 44 runs.
Most 100+ opening stands in ODIs:
21 S Tendulkar – S Ganguly
16 A Gilchrist – M Hayden
15 G Greenidge – D Haynes
15 R SHARMA – S DHAWAN.