3rd ODI India vs Australia Melbourne: India opener Shikhar Dhawan had a special message for his partner at the top of the order Rohit Sharma ahead of the all-important decider at Melbourne. Dhawan in a post-conference said that Rohit is already the father of batting which is extremely heartwarming. “He was the father of batting already and now he is a father in real life too, I am very happy for him and I know he is happy as well. I know he will make a great father,” Dhawan said.

Recently, Dhawan and Rohit completed 4000 ODI runs together as an opening pair and joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in the openers list. India would dearly hope that the duo gets the team off to a brilliant start in the decider at MCG which would make the work easier for the rest of the team.

Speaking at a press conference, Dhawan said, “It was great to see a good team performance in the last one day match against Australia. The way Dhoni played in both the games is really great. I am very happy that Dhoni is getting his touch back. A player of his stature, who plays the game with so much calmness, gives so much confidence to other batsmen. It is very important for us.”

“Even Dinesh (Karthik) played a very good knock in the last game. So the good thing is that we got all fit and mature players which make us a strong batting unit. We have been consistent in our performance over the past few years and hopefully, we will continue performing well in coming years,” he added.