The veteran Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan made his Test debut in 2013 which will always be memorable for him. He played a fiery knock of 187 runs off just 175 balls against Australia in Mohali. He had a terrific opening stand with Murali Vijay of 289 runs. What fans didn’t at the time was that it was the beginning of one of the most fruitful opening partnerships for Team India.
During a live session with Ravichandran Ashwin, Dhawan showered praises for his former Test opening partner and friend, Murali Vijay. The pair had played in 24 Tests together. During the interaction, the Delhi batsman also said that Vijay and he have arguments but they quickly sort it within themselves.
Explaining it further, Shikhar said, “He is a lovely character both on and off the field. I know him very closely. He is a beautiful soul. For everything, he is a bit like ‘not like this, not like that’. I am a ‘bindaas’ character. I tell him ‘you’re like my wife’. Sometimes, when we don’t take a run, we have an argument but it gets sorted soon. And it’s very difficult to understand him. You need to have a calm mind and patience to understand him.”
Ashwin hosts an online show on Instagram named, ‘Reminisce with Ash’ where he invites a guest to talk about an iconic match. Ashwin and Vijay are also good friends off the field having played at the same state team for years.
Praising the Tamil Nadu cricketer, Dhawan“But he is a lovely chap. I love opening with him. We have done very well for the country. We are still very good friends. Of course, I look forward to spending time with him and having a good laugh with him. Sometimes, when he says something, I don’t understand. But after 1-2 years, when I recall what he said, I understand it then.”
Both Dhawan and Vijay have not been favored in the Indian team in the longest format. Shikhar played his last Test in England in 2018 and was dropped from the side after a poor series. Vijay was also one of the players who was dropped after the poor series in England and Australiain 2018.