Irfan Pathan believes that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan share a great camaraderie and know about each other’s strengths and weaknesses which is why they have been so successful for the Men in Blue in limited-overs cricket.
After the legendary pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, Dhawan and Rohit have been one of India’s most successful opening combinations. They have broken many records together since following India’s victorious 2013 ICC Champions Trophy campaign.
“We know Shikhar plays very freely. He gives time to Rohit. We all know how Rohit is able to change gears very quickly, but he takes time early on,” said Pathan 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 really, really went on well for Team India for so many years,” he added.
Their great off the field relationship helps them to perform better as a pair 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 said 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.”