Dhawan credits friendship for Vijay partnership


India opening batsman, Shikhar Dhawan, believes that his friendship with opening partner Murali Vijay makes their partnership better.

The pair have amassed over 1000 runs together in Test cricket, and Dhawan has revealed the two are good friends.

Speaking after the Indian team's training session at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Dhawan said: "I have been playing with Vijay for the past three years. I really enjoy playing with him. We are also good friends off the field and it is always good to play consistently with a batsman who brings a lot of comfort. Better understanding between us comes handy when we bat together,"

Dhawan was also full of praise for new coach Anil Kumble, saying: "It is a great honour to play under him. We are enjoying our camp under him. He is one of the legends of the cricket and I am sure we are going to gain a lot of experience out of him."

The opener lauded the spirit of openness in the India camp under Kumble: "One thing which Kumble has taught us in this little time is that every player should converse in meeting and it shouldn't just be between captain and coach. This will bring in more ideas which will eventually benefit the team,"

India take on the West Indies in a four Test series that gets underway in July.