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Understanding each other's strengths is reason why Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan pair is a success, says Irfan Pathan

The destructive Indian opening pairing of Rohit and Dhawan has ruled world cricket in limited-overs since they started batting together in 2013.

Understanding each other's strengths is reason why Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan pair is a success, says Irfan Pathan

Former India pacer Irfan Pathan reckons that the reason behind Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma's extremely successful opening partnership is their ability to play to each other's strengths.

The destructive Indian opening pairing of Rohit and Dhawan has ruled world cricket in limited-overs since they started batting together in 2013.

India's Shikhar Dhawan, left and Rohit Sharma talks during second one-day international cricket match between India and Australia in Rajkot, India, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

India's Shikhar Dhawan (left) and Rohit Sharma. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

"We know Shikhar plays very freely. He gives time to Rohit Sharma. We all know how Rohit Sharma is able to change gears very quickly, but he takes time early on," Pathan said on Star Sports' 'Cricket Connected'.

Pathan said both the players are aware of the each other's game and abilities and that makes a huge difference.

"In cricket you need someone at the other end to understand your strengths and weakness. Shikhar understands when Rohit Sharma needs time, for at least the few overs to get himself going," he added.

"So, he used to take the charge and I think that's 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's why the whole camaraderie really, really went on well for Team India for so many years," Pathan said.

Rohit and Dhawan have shared 16 century stands between and are joint second with Australia's Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden in the list of most hundred-run partnerships. The leaders are Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (21).

Updated Date: June 29, 2020 16:23:22 IST

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