India openers Shikhar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma are arguably the best in the business. The duo is a major reason of India’s recent success in limited overs cricket. During the 4th ODI at Mohali, Dhawan and Rohit went past former legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to become the second-most successful opening pair for India in ODI cricket. The duo reached the landmark during the ongoing 4th ODI at Mohali. The duo of Sachin and Sehwag amassed 4387 runs in ODI cricket. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar are at the top of the list with a total of 8227 ODI run as openers. Rohit and Dhawan have 15 century-run-stands together which put them at the third position in the list of most 100-run-partnerships between an opening pair.
Most 100+ opening stands in ODIs:
21 S Tendulkar – S Ganguly
16 A Gilchrist – M Hayden
15 G Greendidge – D Haynes
15 R SHARMA – S DHAWAN
Most partnership runs for India (ODIs):
8227 S Tendulkar – S Ganguly
4407 R SHARMA – S DHAWAN *
4387 S Tendulkar – V Sehwag
4332 R Dravid – S Ganguly
4328 R Sharma – V Kohli
Meanwhile, India have got off to a start they were after once they won the toss and opted to bat first on a placid batting wicket.
Both the Indian openers were a tad bit short on runs, but they have made up for that in Mohali and are looking good to go on and get more runs. At the time of filing the copy, India was 99/0 in 18 overs.
Here are the playing XI for Mohali ODI…
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa