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Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha recently made an interesting comment about Shikhar Dhawan, saying that he sees the left-handed batter reach the Indian squad for the 50-over World Cup, despite stiff competition from other openers such as KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan. Dhawan is no longer in India’s T20I squads, but when it comes to ODIs, he’s still pretty much in the fray. He played the three ODI’s in England and just led India to a 3-0 whitewash against the West Indies. Ojha had said captain Rohit wants Sharma Dhawan in India’s ODI World Cup lineup and that one of India’s most successful opening pair of all time is likely to reunite at the top one last time in ICC events.

“I see the right signals. When you look at an older player, you have to see what happens to him. He’s in the mix [for the 2023 ODI World Cup] and now when the seniors are not around and he only plays one format. He’s the captain, the leader of the pack, and the batting that looked rusty in England now looks better… he’s trying to get into that space. It’s clear that Rohit Sharma wants Shikhar as they both have a very good partnership,” Ojha had told Jamie Alter on his Glance chat show, The Alternate View.

“They’ve both done a great job together. I think they’re third or fourth in the world of cricket.” [sic: fourth highest in ODIs as an opening pair] and Rohit believes that if someone performs consistently or has done very well over the years, they cannot be thrown out. Rohit certainly gives you that kiss and that’s a good thing, because at ICC events you need that bit of experience. Rohit has said this and he is sticking to it. I am confident that unless there is a forced change, Shikhar will be in the mix.”

The pair of Rohit and Dhawan have the fourth highest runs by an opening combination in ODIs, and in fact, after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, Rohit and Dhawan have the most runs by an Indian opening pair with 5125 runs, including 15 half-century and 18th century stands, the most recent of which was raised during the first ODI against England earlier this month. The reporter asked if the on-field rapport of Rohit and Shikhar, which has turned into a good bond off the field, makes it easy to hit at the top.

“Your old friend Pragyan Ojha has commented that the way the professional relationship between Tendulkar and Ganguly turned into a friendship by opening the innings together, you and Shikhar also have a part of a friendship. Tell us about it?” asked. reporter Vimal Kumar to the Indian captain.

When asked about Ojha’s comments on Dhawan, Rohit was surprised, not at what his former India team-mate had to say, but at the fact that he has become a broadcaster. “Pragyan? Pragyan aaj kal comment karne laga hai kya? Sahi hai, chalo achhi bath hai (Pragyan? Did he start commenting? Well, okay, it’s alright),” Rohit said in a hilarious reply.

He then spoke of the possibility of Dhawan making India’s roster for next year’s 50-over World Cup: “Look, when we play, whoever the partner is, we all try – not just me and Shikhar – that the understanding stays good and that translates into a good friendship off the field.On the field of course all the players come together to play but also off the field it is important that all players stay together, have fun, pull each other’s legs and that’s what improving the environment of the team. So that’s also one of our areas of focus how we keep the atmosphere light and enjoy it, because you don’t get this chance enough.”


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