Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo: Getty)

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan on Sunday became only the second Indian pair to score 5000 partnership runs in ODI cricket during the first ODI against England which was played at the Oval in London on 12 July 2022.

India was chasing 111 runs target thanks to an amazing bowling spell by the Indian bowlers, especially Jasprit Bumrah who picked his career-best 6/19, which included wickets of Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, and Joe Root for ducks. Mohammad Shami contributed with 3/31, while Prasidh Krishna picked one wicket.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma hammered the England bowlers to all parts of the Oval ground, as England bowled short and full without much movement or swing to help them. Rohit Sharma finished with 76* with 5 sixes and 7 fours, while Shikhar Dhawan made 31* with 4 fours to his name, as India won by 10 wickets in the 19th over.

Rohit Sharma. PC-Getty
Rohit Sharma. PC-Getty

Rohit Sharma And Shikhar Dhawan Complete 5,000 ODI Runs For Opening Wicket

During their partnership, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma completed 5,000 runs for the opening wicket in ODI cricket. They became only the second Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (6609 runs) to achieve this feat and now have the fourth most runs in 5108 in 112 innings with 18 century stands and their highest stand being 210 runs.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Their highest stand came during the 2018 Asia cup when Dhawan and Rohit helped India win the Asia Cup match against Pakistan. The duo shared a 210-run stand for the opening wicket, their highest in ODI cricket.

ENG vs IND: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan Become 4th Opening Pair To Score 5000 Partnership Runs In ODIs

On the second spot are Australia’s Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden scored 5,372 runs for the opening wicket in 114 ODI innings. West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes own 5,150 partnership runs (102 innings) and are at the third spot in the list.

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