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Champions Trophy 2017, India vs South Africa: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma Ready for Proteas Challenge

They have been on top form every time India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have taken the crease in a Champions Trophy game. And the two are itching to get onto the field for the must-win game against South Africa on Sunday.

Cricketnext Staff |June 11, 2017, 4:02 PM IST
Champions Trophy 2017, India vs South Africa: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma Ready for Proteas Challenge

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New Delhi: They have been on top form every time India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have taken the crease in a Champions Trophy game. Starting with the 2013 edition where they played a pivotal role in India winning the championship, to this year where both the batsmen have looked in tremendous touch, it has been a win-win situation for the duo in this tournament. And the two are itching to get onto the field for the must-win game against South Africa on Sunday.

Taking to Instagram, Dhawan posted a photo with Rohit and middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav which read: “Done with today practise.. looking forward for another big day tomorrow!!😊😊👍🏼👍🏼”

Done with today practise.. looking forward for another big day tomorrow!!😊😊👍🏼👍🏼

A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on

The Rohit-Shikhar pair have been involved in two consecutive 100-run stands in the Champions Trophy and they have managed to do it not once, but twice. Also, their partnership in the Champions Trophy since 2013 reads: 127 vs South Africa, 101 vs West Indies, 58 vs Pakistan, 77 vs Sri Lanka, 19 vs England, 136 vs Pakistan and 138 vs Sri Lanka in the last game.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, apart from being the captain and the best batsmen of their respective sides, are two men with a lot of respect and admiration for each other. So to see them both leading their side out against each other in a must-win encounter on Sunday will be an interesting prospect even for the neutrals.

The stakes couldn't get higher than this and both men know the importance of this game in their career as captain. For Virat Kohli it is a chance to take India into the knock-outs in his first big ICC tournment in-charge - an opportunity that he would want his team to grasp with both hands. On the other hand, for AB de Villiers, it is a chance to keep alive the great South African dream of winning a global trophy at last, for he is the torchbearer of a golden generation.

TEAMS: India Squad: V Kohli, R Ashwin, JJ Bumrah, S Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), RA Jadeja, KM Jadhav, KD Karthik, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, HH Pandya, AM Rahane, RG Sharma, UT Yadav, Yuvraj Singh

South Africa Squad: AB de Villiers, HM Amla, F Behardien, Q de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, F du Plessis, Imran Tahir, KA Maharaj, DA Miller, M Morkel, CH Morris, WD Parnell, AL Phehlukwayo, D Pretorius, K Rabada

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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