India’s deputy Rohit Sharma said he enjoys batting with Shikhar Dhawan. It has been almost six years since both Rohit and Dhawan started opening the innings in Champions Trophy 2013. Thus, it is known that both of them share a good understanding while batting in the middle. In fact, the same camaraderie was on display when Dhawan and Rohit added 154 runs for the opening stand in the second ODI against New Zealand at Bay Oval.
Rohit Sharma scored a fine knock of 87 runs and batted at the top of his game. On the other hand, Shikhar Dhawan scored 66 from 67 balls to give a fine start to the team. This was the 14th-century stand between the duo as they went past the record of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag’s record of 13 centuries partnership.
Rohit was at his best.
Rohit said it is always a good feeling when his knock helps the team in winning the match. The Indian vice-captain gave credit to the Indian bowlers who were able to skittle out the hosts for 234 runs. Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers as the chinaman scalped four wickets.
Rohit Sharma said while talking in the post-match presentation, “A good feeling but more importantly, we won the match. We didn’t know how the pitch will behave. The last time when SL and NZ played here, it was a high scoring game. When we got 324, we thought it was a par score and not a big score. Credit to our bowlers for doing a good job”.
“We know each other since long and have a good understanding. Important for the team to get a good start and I have always enjoyed batting with Shikhar, I am sure it’s the same for him too. It is a lovely ground here and it was nice to see such a big crowd on the open ground”.
It was a convincing win from the Indian team as they won by 90 runs. The visitors were able to tick the right boxes as they came up with a collective team performance to take a 2-0 lead in the series. MS Dhoni was able to provide the finishing touches to the team as he scored a quickfire knock of 48 runs from 33 balls. Dhoni has returned back to form which is a big boost to the team.
This performance would have also added shot in the arm to Rohit Sharma as he had played a loose shot in the first match of the series. The third ODI between New Zealand national cricket team and India National cricket team will take place on 28 January.