10 most successful opening pairs for India in ODIs
A brief look at some of India's best opening batting pairs in the history of ODI cricket.
Indian cricket team has never been short of match winning batsmen at the top of the order. From Sunil Gavaskar to Virender Sehwag, the openers have, number of times, managed to win matches single handedly for the Indian National Team. One important aspect of opening the innings is that you have to build a strong partnership with the batsmen on the other end, building a strong foundation for the team on which the middle order can capitalize. Hence, even though having one impressive opening batsman is good for the team, having a pair of impressive opening batsmen is a blessing.
Indian Cricket Team has had a plethora of successful opening batsmen in the shorter format of game. But they have been lucky enough to have several successful opening pairs throughout over 40-year history of ODI cricket who have been instrumental in winning a large number of matches for the team, including two World Cups and two Champions Trophies. With the current opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan keeping that legacy intact with their game, we take a look at 10 most successful opening pairs in India's ODI history.