New Era for Indian Openers
The performance of the Indian openers since Gavaskar's retirement and their partnerships show that India's fortunes in test cricket are quite well correlated with them. Their middle order has always been strong, but vulnerable against the new ball if early wickets fall. Sidhu did quite well in the 90s, but never found a steady partner. India tried part-time openers with him - Prabhakar and Mongia in particular, but they didn't have as much success especially outside the subcontinent.