Kolkata: India batsman Shikhar Dhawan believes that he and Rohit Sharma have the ability to not just match but also surpass the records achieved by the legendary opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in international cricket.
Shikhar Dhawan. Pic/AFP
"Me and Rohit have been opening the batting for a long time. We know each other's nature and understand what the other is trying to do. We are now quite comfortable with each other. We both have all the shots in the book so if he is hitting the ball well, I choose to be the rotator," Dhawan said here on Sunday.
"Sachin and Sourav have had a long career while opening the batting for India. We two are getting there slowly. Maybe we can break more records. I am optimistic about it. It will be beneficial for both of us and overall it will benefit the country."
A few days earlier, Rohit too had spoken of emulating the success that Tendulkar and Ganguly achieved. Having done well in the last few Twenty20 Internationals against Australia and Sri Lanka, the left-handed Dhawan says he will look to stretch his good form till the time he can.
"I am enjoying that I am scoring runs at the moment. Looking forward to continue in the same way and do better in Asia Cup. I want to continue stretching that good form till the time I can," he said.
"It's a journey, getting more experience and mature with time. I am also getting to know what works for me. I learn from the good and the bad times, especially the bad patches. I believe my performance now is up to the mark and it is helping my team."
The Indian cricket team departed for Bangladesh from here on Sunday to take part in the Asia Cup, for the first time being played in the T20 format, from February 24 to March 6. The tournament will be followed by the all-important World Twenty20 to be played in India from March 15 to April 3.