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Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay were found as the suitable opening pair for India’s Test team after Virender Sehwag, and Gautam Gambhir failed to be consistent. Murali was experienced when Shikhar Dhawan made the Test debut in 2013.
Dhawan and Murali have played several memorable knocks for India, but the most remembered opening stand they share came against Australia in 2013. It was a debut Test series for Dhawan who was given a chance for opening after Sehwag was dropped.
The duo went on to amass a record 289 runs stand, where Shikhar Dhawan scored 187 runs against Aussies. Murali Vijay scored a gritty 153 as India posted 499 in their first innings. The Men in Blue went on to win the match by six wickets, and India also found the solution to their long-standing opening problems.
Murali Vijay is like my wife: Shikhar Dhawan
Dhawan and Murali played for India for a long time before being dropped from the team because of injuries and inconsistency.
While talking with Ravichandran Ashwin in his Instagram live chat show Reminisce with Ash, Dhawan revealed that when he played with Murali Vijay, he shared a husband-wife relationship with him. While the southpaw was carefree, Vijay used to argue and get angry with him in the field if he doesn’t take runs. However, in the end, they get along after sorting all the problems.
“I tell him (Murali Vijay), you’re like my wife,” Dhawan told Ashwin.
“On the field, off the field he is a lovely character. I know him very closely. He is a beautiful soul but for certain things, he is a bit like (not like this or not like that) while I am very bindass (free flowing),” Dhawan added.
“When we don’t take a quick single or something like that, we have an argument but it gets sorted with time. It is difficult to understand him sometimes,” Dhawan said.
Now, as both don’t play together, Dhawan has maintained friendly relations with his former opening partner. The 34-year-old likes spending time with the Tamil Nadu player whenever he is free.
“But he is a lovely chap. I love opening with him. We have done very well for the country. We are still very good friends. Of course, I look forward to spending time with him and having a good laugh with him,” added the southpaw.
Meanwhile, Dhawan is the opening partner of Rohit Sharma for Team India in White-ball. They both have gathered thousands of runs for India with their willow.