Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have formed one of Indian cricket’s most successful partnerships in ODIs. In fact, the pair are the third best opening partnership that India has ever had, after the legendary Sachin-Sourav and Sachin-Sehwag duos.
Sharma-Dhawan have also entered the top ten opening partnerships in ODI history, and are well on course to writing their names in record books together. The pair complement each other very well, and have been one of the main strengths of the Indian side over the last few years.
Dhawan recently came out and spoke highly and even supported the under-fire Rohit Sharma.
“I feel Rohit is playing well, looking at the way he is timing the ball. Even in the last match he was playing really good. Unfortunately he got out but, I don’t feel concerned about his batting at all.
“He has performed so well right from the Champions Trophy, till now. Sometimes it does happen that you don’t score runs. But what matters the most is how he is timing the ball. There is no problem at all with his form. I think he just needs one good innings, to solve all problems,” mentioned Dhawan.”
Dhawan also complimented the Indian bowlers, in particular Chahal and Yadav.
“It is difficult to play wrist-spinners because they have the ability to turn the ball on flat tracks as well. And when the ball starts to turn, foreign player find it really difficult, because they are not used to playing such kind of turn. That can create a doubt in batsman’s mind. That is why they are really effective,” Shikhar Dhawan quoted.
“Out of the two spinners Kuldeep and Chahal, the former is more difficult to read as he is a chinaman bowler. There are certain players who can’t read the googly. As far as Chahal is concerned, not many players read his googly,” he added further.
Dhawan then signed off by saying that he is confident of his team’s success and sounded out a warning to every other side in world cricket.
“We are a really balanced side. The good part is we have youth, as well as experience in the side. The youngsters are also showing a lot of maturity. So that is our biggest strength. And in our ranks we have an all-rounder as well, which really helps us. That gives a lot of flexibility to the squad. So we can time the introduction of our spinners according to the situation of the match,” conceded the Indian opener.