One of the most difficult job in cricket is to see off the new ball upfront. The responsibility is given to the openers of the team who have to grind through the new ball and lay a good platform for the other batters in the team. The two opening batters are the first throw of the dice by the batting team with which the other batters get a fair idea of how the wicket is behaving.
India is one country who have produced iconic opening batters time and again. Right from Sunil Gavaskar to Sachin Tendulkar to Rohit Sharma, India have been a pro in producing legendary openers.
Although India are known to produce great openers, their opening pair is something that is always looked up by the other teams. One of the epochal opening pair in the Indian cricket is the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar.
In the last 7 years or so, India have been blessed to reciprocate their iconic Sachin-Sourav pair in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. One of the brutal opening pairs in the 50 over format is Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.
In a recent Q&A session, the southpaw revealed his favorite batting partner as Rohit Sharma who is the #2 batsman in the world only behind the Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
This prolific opening pair joined hands together for the first time in the glorious tourney of champions trophy in England in 2013 under the former world cup winning captain in Mahendra Singh Dhoni. That was the best thing happened to both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as both the players achieved celestial heights ever since they both opened together for India.
They both have opened 109 innings together for India in one day Internationals and have amassed 4847 runs at an average of 44.87 that includes 16 century partnerships in it.