Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan expressed gratitude towards the current India captain, Rohit Sharma. In a recent interview, Shikhar credited Rohit for providing support and assurance, particularly during times when he scored significant runs.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will be etched in the history books as one of the most prolific partnerships in the history of ODI cricket. Their partnership commenced under the captaincy of MS Dhoni in 2013, coinciding with Dhawan’s return to the Indian team and Rohit adopting a new role and position in the batting order. The duo played a crucial role in India’s success in 2013, contributing significantly to the ICC Champions Trophy victory over host nation England.
Over the following six years, both Dhawan and Rohit maintained their form and performance. However, post-2020, Dhawan gradually fell down the pecking order, with players like Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad being preferred. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma’s career continued to ascend, leading him to eventually become the captain of the national side.
Dhawan recently acknowledged that Rohit deserves a lot of credit for the southpaw’s success, citing their excellent understanding and familiarity with each other’s game.
Shikhar Dhawan Gives Credit To Rohit Sharma For Best Performances
In an interview with the Times of India, Shikhar Dhawan shared his thoughts on how his partnership with Rohit Sharma played a crucial role in setting a strong foundation for India. He said:
“Rohit Sharma and I have formed one of the most successful opening partnerships for the Indian cricket team in limited overs cricket as per me. My collaboration with Rohit and his support at the other end at the top of the order has been instrumental in providing strong starts to the team, settling the foundation for successful chases and big totals. I seriously give credit for a lot of my best performances to Rohit’s support.”
Further, Dhawan expressed pride in their collective achievements, noting that they have scored over 6000 runs together, featuring 19-century stands and 16 half-century stands.
Recalling their most memorable innings, Dhawan pointed to their 193-run partnership for the first wicket against Australia as his favorite. Additionally, he mentioned their second favorite inning, a remarkable 210-run stand against Pakistan during the 2018 Asia Cup. He said:
“Rohit on the other end gives that sense of comfort and assurance. We have scored over 6000 runs together, with 19 century stands and 16 half-century stands. I think our best innings was a 193-run opening stand against Australia in the 4th ODI at Mohali in 2019 and the 2nd best will be against Pakistan in the 2018 Asia Cup in Dubai where we put together a 210-run stand for the first wicket.” Dhawan said.