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Rohit-Dhawan celebrate their CT selection in Style – Twitter full of praise too!

Dhawan and Sharma in action for India

Monday night became the celebration time for the team India openers- Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who were both named in the 15-man Champions Trophy squad which was announced earlier in the day by BCCI. Though there was a lot of criticism over the choice of openers and especially for picking Dhawan over Gambhir, but the selectors played it safe and went ahead with most successful opening pair in recent times for India. The team India call-up instilled much needed self-belief in the duo as they both registered class fifties.

Also Read: IPL Quiz – Can you name the leading run scorers and wicket takers of every team this season?

Here’s a small analysis of their selection celebrations-

Rohit Sharma (67 of 45 balls)

The MI captain was on a rescue mission for his team in Hyderabad as MI lost two quick wickets inside five overs with just 22 runs to show for. The hitman displayed his class and pulled MI out of their misery and helped them post a respectable total of 138 on a sluggish pitch. He struck six boundaries and two maximums in his eye-catching inning.

He gave some trouble to the statsmen to churn out some numbers-

10 innings taken by Rohit to register his next fifty while batting first in IPL after his fifty against CSK in Kolkata n 2015.

4 Rohit became only the fourth player to score 200+ runs in each IPL season.

18 fifties scored by Rohit at the no.4 position – 9 more than second placed Badrinath.

4 this was the fourth fifty for Rohit in 12 innings at the RGIS, Hyderabad – 2 each for DC and MI in six-six innings. He also has a total of 1104 runs at the venue across all the formats which include 4 hundreds and 5 fifties at an average of 55.2

32 this was 32nd fifty plus effort by Rohit in his IPL career.

 

Shikhar Dhawan (62 of 46 balls)

The southpaw received boos from all parts of the nation over his selection in the Champions Trophy squad. But he had some different plans for Monday night as he came to his team’s rescue and knotched-up a commendable fifty to take his side to a very much needed victory over the table toppers. His knock included four hits to the fence and two over it.

He also gave some pain to the statsmen which reflects below:

7 this was his seventh fifty-plus effort for SRH while chasing and SRH have registered wins in six of them.

534 runs scored by Shikhar Dhawan against MI – second most after Raina’s 708. This is also the most runs scored by him against any team.

4 fourth instance of Dhawan scoring 400+ runs in the season.

28 this was Dhawan’s 28th fifty in IPL

450 runs scored by Dhawan this season- he zooms past Gambhir’s 425 to capture the second place in the orange cap race just behind his teammate, Warner’s 529-run tally.

Twitter also celebrated the duo’s return to form

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