Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. (Picture Supply: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Photos)

After recording a 2-1 win within the T20I collection, Crew India will tackle England within the first ODI of the three-match collection on Tuesday (July 12) on the Kennington Oval in London. The competition will mark the reunion of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, probably the most profitable opening pairs within the historical past of ODI cricket. The duo final performed collectively within the residence ODI collection in opposition to England in March 2021.

It’s majorly as a result of Dhawan is just not anymore being thought of for the T20I or Take a look at format. However, the southpaw continues to be a significant a part of India’s ODI set-up and could be raring to make a mark. In the meantime, Rohit and Dhawan are on the verge of attaining an enormous feat as they want simply six runs to develop into the second Indian opening pair to attain 5000 ODI runs between them.

Whereas Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar added 6609 in 136 innings, Dhawan and Rohit are on 4994 runs in 111 innings. General, the duo will develop into the fourth pair to get the milestone. West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (5150 runs in 102 innings) and Australia’s Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden (5372 runs in 114 innings) observe Tendulkar-Ganguly within the elite listing.

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan have been a formidable power on the prime

In the meantime, Rohit, who was made a make-shift opener, began opening alongside Shikhar Dhawan within the 2013 Champions Trophy and the duo by no means appeared again since then. The 2 veterans complement one another brilliantly and their numbers inform your complete story. Whereas Shikhar likes to assault bowlers from the outset, the present Indian captain likes to take his time earlier than unleashing the onslaught.

In the meantime, Crew India have momentum of their favour as they convincingly defeated the Three Lions within the first two T20Is of the recently-concluded collection earlier than taking place within the lifeless rubber. Additionally, the Males in Blue are prone to subject a virtually full-strength XI within the collection opener. Therefore, the hosts should buckle as much as deliver their A-game out.