“Woh meri biwi thodi na hain,” Shikhar Dhawan’s cheeky reply on being asked about Rohit Sharma
With the World Cup in England and Wales knocking on the doors, India are considered as one of the favourites to get their hands on the silverware. One of the major reasons behind the same is the Men in Blue’s top order, which has performed exceptionally over the last few years. Apart from Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have also stepped up and delivered pretty consistently.
Dhawan and Rohit form the most successful opening pairs in the business at the moment and will open the Indian batting in the mega event. Men in Blue will open their campaign against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The duo was until recently playing against each other in the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).
However, they’ll reunite on May 22 as the Indian team will be heading to England for the World Cup campaign. Ahead of the showpiece event, Dhawan was asked if he was in touch with Rohit during this period. Replying to the question, Dhawan funnily mentioned that Rohit is not his wife and there’s very little point in discussing matters with the Mumbaikar.
“Baatein karke kya hoga? Woh meri biwi thodi na hain! (What’s the point in discussing things? Rohit isn’t my wife) If you play with someone for years, you’ll know him inside out. With Rohit, there’s nothing special that we do. It’s just the mindset. Even if I bat with Prithvi (Shaw), the game remains the same. If one person gets going, the other man plays a supporting role,” Dhawan was quoted as saying on Times Now.
Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan: A pair made in heaven
Dhawan and Rohit first batted together way back in 2011 and since, the duo has had 103 partnerships together, having scored 4586 runs at an average of 44.96. They have amassed 15 century and 13 fifty partnerships.
Dhawan and Rohit’s contributions have been immense in India’s surge to the top in limited-overs cricket. Even last year, they were amongst the leading run-getters in the ODI format. The pair has to fire on all cylinders if India are to win the World Cup for the third time after 1983 and 2011.