The duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan created history as they overtook Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to become the most prolific batting pair in the history of ICC Champions Trophy.
The left-right combination of Sharma and Dhawan now have 656 runs in just 7 innings together in the prestigious tournament. Chanderpaul and Gayle had 635 runs to their name. Furthermore, the Indian pair also bettered the record of the West Indian pair of having notched up five 50-plus scores in the tournament as this was the 6th for Shikhar and Rohit.
Rohit and Shikhar added 138 runs for the first wicket against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston, their 10th 100-plus stand in ODIs, and 4th in the Champions Trophy, also a record. 138 is the highest score for the pair in the Champions Trophy. They also became the first Indian pair to notch up 100-run stands in three successive ODI innings as batting partners, adding 123 vs Australia back in early 2016, followed by 136 vs Pakistan on Sunday and 138 today.
Most partnership runs in ICC CT: 636* – SHIKHAR DHAWAN/ROHIT SHARMA* 635 – Shiv Chanderpaul/Chris Gayle #INDvSL #CT17
The two batsmen were asked to open together for the first time in the 2013 edition of the tournament. The combination was an instant hit as they registered successive hundred plus stands in the first two games against South Africa and West Indies respectively. Their success as opening batsmen has been instrumental for India on countless occasions, especially while chasing down huge targets as the two provide the perfect foundation for the batsmen to follow.
Rohit Sharma, who scored a steady paced 78 off 79 deliveries, completed 1000 runs against Sri Lanka in One Day Internationals before being dismissed by Lasith Malinga. He became the 11th Indian to have achieved the feat of 1000 or more runs against the Lankans.