World Cup 2019, IND vs AUS: Dhawan-Rohit opening stand shatters records

The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma is just six innings away from the most 100-plus opening partnerships in ODIs set by Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put up an opening stand of 127 runs in the World Cup 2019 match against Australia.   -  Getty Images

In limited-overs cricket, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma opening partnership has been really successful for India. It was no different in Sunday's match against Australia at the World Cup 2019.

After opting to bat, India needed a solid start, which both Dhawan and Rohit provided by starting off watchfully and then raised the tempo once they got set. The duo put up a 127-run stand before Rohit Sharma got out on 57.

Rohit and Dhawan took seven innings less to become the successful opening pair against Australia — going past West Indies' Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes' tally of 1152 runs.

The most 100-plus opening partnerships (21) record in ODIs is held by Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. Now, Dhawan and Rohit are six innings away from making that record their own.

This opening stand of 127 runs also set the record being the highest for India against Australia in World Cups, surpassing 76 by the same pair in Sydney in the 2015 edition.

Moreover, Dhawan and Rohit joined Gilchrist and Hayden for the record of most (six) 100-plus stand in ICC tournaments.

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