Previous India all-rounder Irfan Pathan trusts Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan share an extraordinary brotherhood and think about one another’s qualities and shortcomings and that is the reason they have been so fruitful for the Men dressed in Blue in constrained overs cricket.
Since getting the attention as an initial pair during India’s triumphant 2013 ICC Champions Trophy battle, Dhawan and Rohit have broken numerous records together and have been one of India’s best opening blends in white-ball cricket after the incredible pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
“We know Shikhar plays very freely. He gives time to Rohit. We all know how Rohit can change gears very quickly, but he takes time early on,” Pathan said while speaking on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
“In cricket, you need someone at the other end to understand your strengths and weakness. Shikhar understands when Rohit needs time, for at least the few overs to get himself going.
“So, he used to take the charge and I think that is what makes him successful. And as soon as the spinners came and Rohit Sharma got settled, he took all the pressure away from Shikhar Dhawan, so that is why the whole camaraderie went on well for Team India for so many years,” he added.
Rohit has over and over uncovered that he shares an extraordinary off the field relationship with his Dhawan which eventually encourages them to perform better as a couple on the cricket field.
“More than anything on the field, we share a great relationship off the field. Knowing each other so well, understanding each other’s comforts and discomforts, that is very important,” Rohit had said while speaking with Mayank Agarwal and Dhawan on the series ‘Open Nets with Mayank’ hosted by bcci.tv.
“We shared rooms together when we went on India A tours. So we have got a lot of history together. As a person, we both know each other quite well and that helps a lot on the field.”