The pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma was once the biggest fear for the opposition team, but it seems that now they are rarely seen opening together in international cricket. This thing is being discussed because in one over where Gabbar of the Indian cricket team is struggling with poor form, on the other hand Rohit’s pairing with KL Rahul is frozen. They are doing well in both the formats.
Secondly, if KL Rahul gets injured, there are many young Turks ready to take his place. Especially Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Devdutt Padikkal. Prithvi Shaw and Ishaan Kishan are already engaged in the line up. Gaikwad and Iyer have been consistently flying flags in domestic cricket and not missing a single opportunity. Soon the Indian ODI team for the tour of South Africa is to be announced and it is believed that there will be no selection for the summit. At the same time, Ruturaj and Venkatesh are set to be selected for the Africa tour.
Shikhar-Rohit is the second best pair
Shikhar and Rohit are among the best opening pair in the world. Both of them have scored 4978 runs in 110 ODIs. The best partnership is of 210 runs, with 17 centuries and 15 half-centuries. This is the second best pairing for India and the fourth best in the world. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly hold both Indian and world records. Both of them scored 6609 runs in 136 ODIs at an average of 49.32. He made 21 centuries and 23 half-centuries in this partnership.
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Ruturaj scored a hat-trick century, Dhawan scored only 44 runs
Dhawan has made a comeback in the Vijay Hazare Trophy after being sidelined from the T20 World Cup and the T20I series against New Zealand. However, in the first 4 matches of the summit in this home ODI trophy, the bat has remained silent so far. He has scored only 44 runs. On the other hand, CSK’s star opener scored 3 centuries one after the other. He scored 136 against Madhya Pradesh, 154 not out against Chhattisgarh and 124 against Kerala.
Gaivakad won the IPL fight
Ruturaj played an important role in making Chennai Super Kings the winner of the 2021 season. Not only did he face world class bowlers with stoicism, but he was also the highest scorer. He scored 635 runs in 16 matches at an average of 45.35 and an impressive strikerate of 136.26. During this he also scored 1 century and 4 half-centuries. Dhawan, on the other hand, scored 587 runs in 16 matches for Delhi Capitals. This included 3 half-centuries. Despite this, the team did not retain him before the mega auction for IPL 2022.
Rohit got ODI captaincy after T20, big role in Test team too
The last international match was played against Sri Lanka.
Shikhar played his last international match on the Sri Lanka tour in July this year. He captained the T20 and ODI team in Sri Lanka. At that time India’s main team was playing a 5-match Test series with the hosts in England. Dhawan scored 128 runs in the ODI series in Sri Lanka, including an unbeaten 86. In the three-match T20I series, only 86 runs came off Dhawan’s bat.
Team India will play 3-match ODI series on South Africa tour
The Indian team is going to tour South Africa this month where it has to play a 3-match Test and 3-match ODI series. The Indian team has been selected for the Test series while Team India is yet to be selected for the ODI series. In such a situation, the form that Ruturaj is showing will be difficult for the selectors to ignore.