Indian left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan has opened up on the reasons behind the success with Rohit Sharma as his opening partner. The sub-continent opening pair has enjoyed unprecedented success in limited-overs cricket ever since they began batting together at the top of the order. Rohit Sharma, in particular, has gained accolades rapidly.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been involved in a record 16-century partnerships in ODI cricket, which is only behind Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly’s 21. Australia’s Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist have also recorded 16-century stands while opening the batting. The duo has also been prolific in ICC tournaments, specifically in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy due to which India clinched the title.
Speaking of their camaraderie, Dhawan claimed that he and Rohit know each other from the U-19 days and having camped together; they have immense trust in each other. The 34-year old further said that having known each other inside and out, it is a proud feeling to have achieved so much for India.
“I know him (Rohit) from U-19 days. He was a junior by one-two years and we have camped together. We trust each other and have a great friendship, it works for us. We both know each other’s nature and characters. I know how he is exactly. It’s a proud feeling that we have done so well for India.” Dhawan said as quoted by Hindustan Times in an Instagram session with Delhi Capitals.
That’s why the whole Team India is a big family: Shikhar Dhawan
The Delhi batsman went on to say that establishing a close bond injects positive vibes between players. He emphasized their example by admitting that whenever Dhawan has any problems with his batting, he reaches out to Rohit. Shikhar Dhawan credited the strong communication amongst the players due to which they live as a family.
“It brings you positive energy and vibes when everything is in sync. Whenever I face any problem with my batting, I ask him. We have a strong communication going in the middle. We travel 230 days a year together. That’s why the whole Team India is a big family.” the southpaw added.