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3 cricket batsmen who became legends after becoming an opener

Pulkit
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Modified 25 Mar 2019, 11:57 IST
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#3. Rohit Sharma

This was the beginning of a phenomenon.
This was the beginning of a phenomenon.

Probably the most famous example of this phenomenon is Rohit Sharma. Whenever he is put to bat, Rohit Sharma delivers massive scores, which has included three double-centuries.

Credit should be given to none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni who identified the unique qualities of Rohit Sharma and made him an opener. Dhoni, who had already used Sharma as an opener on five occasions, was so confident in him that he thrust Sharma as an opener for the Champions Trophy in 2013. Dhoni's belief was vindicated Sharma has not looked back since . 

Sharma made his ODI debut in 2007 against Ireland and scored eight runs in his first innings, batting at number seven. Before becoming a regular opener in 2013, he had played 88 ODI matches and averaged a modest 30.82 with two centuries and 13 half-centuries. Since the Champions Trophy however, he has scored 5,780 runs at a staggering 58.97 in 114 matches, with the help of 20 centuries and 26 half-centuries.

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