After winning the T20I 2-1, the team India Now let’s turn our attention to the ODIs which are starting in London from Tuesday. The 3-match series is going to be interesting as it marks the return of the Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan duo in the top order. Southpaw returns to the Indian dressing room after four months and will be eager to go out and take advantage of the situation.
The return of Rohit-Dhawan will strengthen the Indian batting order. They form India’s second-best opening pair in ODIs, behind the coveted dupe. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
As India gear up for the opening of the series in London, Rohit and Dhawan also mark a big milestone. They are only six runs away from becoming the second opening pair between India to score 5000 runs. Sachin and Ganguly have 6609 runs in 136 innings while Dhawan and Rohit are on 4994 runs in 111 innings.
If Rohit and Dhawan manage to get the required six runs in the first ODI against England on Tuesday, they will join the opening pair’s club of more than 5,000 runs, including Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (5150 runs). ) includes the great West Indies pair. 102 innings) and Australia’s Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden (5472 runs in 114 innings).
Ganguly and Sachin top the list of most century partnerships in ODIs – 21. Rohit and Dhawan are next with 17 centuries.
After a successful ODI series, the visitors are expected to go with the same strategy in the 50-over format. Though they will not be ballistic from the first ball, the batsmen are expected to adopt their fearless approach from the shortest format.
The three games will be the only 50-over matches that India will present before the T20I. World Cup but Rohit insisted that they still hold great importance.
“All matches are important for us. We cannot play thinking that ODIs are not a priority, but we have to keep in mind the workload of each player. We will make changes but our ultimate goal is to win the match. We will not leave that thought process behind,” Rohit said on Sunday after the third T20I in Nottingham.
(with PTI inputs)