IND vs ENG 1st ODI: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma became the second pair of Indian openers after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly scored 5000 partnership runs.

IND vs ENG 1st ODI: After Sachin-Sourav, Shikhar -Rohit Became The Second Indian to Score 5000 Runs in Opening

He scored another century:-

The pair became just the fourth pair to achieve the landmark as they scored another century. Dhawan and Rohit beat India by 10 wickets at The Oval.

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The left-right-hand combination of the two players has worked wonders for India in ODIs, scoring centuries and helping the rest of the batsmen create a solid platform to follow.

He added his 18th century in ODIs, which is the joint third-highest by a pair in ODI cricket. Incidentally, Rohit also has 18 centuries with Virat Kohli.

IND vs ENG 1st ODI: After Sachin-Sourav, Shikhar -Rohit Became The Second Indian to Score 5000 Runs in Opening

Added only 16 runs for the first wicket:-

Shikhar and Rohit will be desperate to deliver the goods in the first ODI at the Oval. The last time both the players opened the innings at home was against West Indies in February.

They added just 16 runs for the first wicket, but the pair would look to come up with better performance on Tuesday and play an important role in the match as well.

India have always been blessed with great ODI opening pairs in the past. The great opening pair of Tendulkar and Ganguly is considered one of the best.

Even Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were a great ODI pair. The opening pair of Rohit and Shikhar also fall in the category of India’s top ODI openers.

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IND vs ENG 1st ODI: After Sachin-Sourav, Shikhar -Rohit Became The Second Indian to Score 5000 Runs in Opening

The Represented India for the 150th time in ODI cricket:-

Interestingly, when Shikhar Dhawan takes the field on Tuesday, he is on the cusp of another personal milestone. He will represent India for the 150th time in ODI cricket.

He will become the third left-handed batsman from India after Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh to achieve this feat.

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Interestingly, Shikhar, one of the senior players, is leading the Indian team when the regular captain is not available.

In fact, he is seen as an ODI specialist these days and is among the run-getters in the 50-over format.