IND vs WI 2022: Rajkumar Sharma on Shikhar Dhawan’s place in India’s ODI squad

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma believes Shikhar Dhawan will be in the coaches’ ODI scheme until at least next year’s World Cup.

Dhawan scored 97 points on 99 deliveries in the first ODI of the current three-game series against West Indies. The substitute skipper will be hoping to lead the Men in Blue to another win in Game 2 on Sunday July 24 and seal the series in their favour.

During a discussion on India News, Sharma was asked if he sees Dhawan fitting into Rohit Sharma’s attacking policy in white ball cricket. He has answered:

“Absolutely he has outstanding stats in white ball cricket especially if you see his record in ODI cricket it is extremely fantastic. ‘at the next World Cup at least because the Indian team needs him a lot.”

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Dhawan has amassed 6422 points at an excellent average of 45.54 in the 153 ODIs he has played. The veteran fly-half is known for elevating his game on the big stage.

“He gives stability when he opens alongside Rohit Sharma” – Rajkumar Sharma on Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were a hugely successful opening pair
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were a hugely successful opening pair

Rajkumar Sharma also highlighted the successful combination Dhawan forged at the head of the command with Rohit, saying:

“He (Dhawan) gives stability when he opens alongside Rohit Sharma, there is a right-handed and left-handed combination and the two complement each other extremely well.”

The former First Class cricketer added:

“It’s a very good thing that they are a fantastic pair, India have an experienced pair in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, and it must also be said that they are an extremely successful pair.”

Sharma concluded by highlighting how Dhawan and Rohit complement each other brilliantly, explaining:

“We have often seen when you talk about attacking cricket that when Rohit Sharma plays attacking cricket then Shikhar Dhawan plays second fiddle and vice versa when Shikhar’s shots come in well then Rohit allows him to play his shots and he plays the waiting game himself.”

Dhawan and Rohit totaled 5125 runs at an impressive average of 45.75 in the 114 ODIs they opened for Team India. The pair have 18-century and 15-half-century partnerships to their name.

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Edited by Arjun Panchadar