India’s modern opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma today registered a proud record after they went past the 3000 runs mark batting together at the top of the batting line-up. They are now the third most successful opening partners in the ODI history of Indian Cricket Team.
The other two best opening pair features Sachin Tendulkar along with Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag respectively.
The Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly lead the chart with 6610 runs together. Following them in the list is Sehwag-Tendulkar pair who have 3919 runs between them for the opening wicket.
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By reaching the 3000 runs mark, Dhawan and Sharma, who have been performing the opening roles with great distinction in recent years, have yet again proven their worth as one of world’s leading white ball opening batsmen at present.
Most partnership runs by an opening pair for India in ODIs.
- Tendulkar/ Ganguly: 6610 runs
- Tendulkar/ Sehwag: 3919 runs
- Rohit/ Dhawan: 3009 runs
Rohit Fails, Dhawan Stable
The two could not make any huge difference today, unfortunately. Both could add only 22 runs for the first wicket before Sharma was made to depart by Tim Southee in the 5th over. The right-handed Mumbai star failed to clear a fuller length delivery on his pads and ended up hitting it straight in the hands of Colin Munro.
Dhawan, on the other hand, had got off to a flying start by that time. He stood with 15 off just eight deliveries at the time Sharma fell to the pressure of consuming too many dot balls. He seems to be facing trouble negotiating Trent Boult and Southee.
After taking the strike in the opening over in the modest chase of 231, Sharma played out Southee for a maiden over before struggling against Boult. Dhawan scored a couple of boundaries to ease the pressure, but Sharma looked in a hurry to break the shackles and get going. The quest to achieve the rhythm, unfortunately, did not work for him and eventually ended in his departure.
Batting at the crease tight now is skipper Virat Kohli along with Dhawan. The two seem to be at comfort against the Kiwi bowling attack and are slowly taking India ahead in the chase.
Earlier, sensible knocks from middle-order men – Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls, and a cameo from Tim Southee – ensured New Zealand were able to reach a functional total of 230/9.
The new ball opening pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were once again at their best and snapped five wickets together to tie down the opposition in the crucial encounter.