Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, on Tuesday, January 24, broke Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir’s record of the highest opening partnership by an Indian opening pair in an ODI against New Zealand.
Back in March 2009, Gambhir and Sehwag put on an unbeaten 201-run stand for the first wicket at Seddon Park in Hamilton. India won that match by 84 runs (D/L Method). Even as Gambhir stayed unbeaten on 63, Sehwag scored 125 off 74 balls with 14 fours and six sixes.
The pair of Gambhir and Sehwag was the only one with a 200 plus stand for an Indian opening pair against the Black Caps. However, Rohit and Shubman joined the list with a 212-run stand for the first wicket in the third ODI against the Kiwis at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
Rohit and Gill took India off to a brilliant start after being put in to bat first. Rohit scored 101 runs off 85 balls with nine fours and six sixes before off-spinner Michael Bracewell accounted for his wicket.
The right-handed Gill, on the other hand, scored 112 runs off 78 balls with 13 fours and five sixes. It also happened to be the 23-year-old’s second hundred of the ongoing ODI series. In three matches, Gill scored 360 runs at an average of 180 and a strike rate of 128.57 with two centuries to his name.
Gill got out to Blair Tickner, caught by Devon Conway. In 21 ODIs, Gill has scored 1254 runs at an average of 73.76 and a strike-rate of 109.81 with four hundreds and one fifty to show for his efforts.