Last Update on: December 12th, 2019 at 03:38 pm
KL Rahul made the most of the opportunity of opening the innings in the just-concluded three-match T20I series against West Indies. With Shikhar Dhawan sidelined due to an injury, KL Rahul was promoted as an opener and he made the most of it. Such was his performance in the series that the team-management might find it tough to demote him again once Dhawan returns.
While Dhawan has been struggling to keep up with the demands of T20I cricket, KL Rahul showed the team-management the devastation he can cause at the top of the order. He started the series with an impressive knock of 62 before slamming 91 on Wednesday. He finished the three-match series as the second top run-getter in the three-match T20I series, just 19 runs behind Virat Kohli’s 183.
His 91-run knock helped India thrash West Indies by 67 runs and clinch the three-match series 2-1. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma added 135 runs in less than 12 overs. He then shared 98 runs with Virat Kohli as India piled up a mammoth total of 240 for 3 in 20 overs. In reply, West Indies never looked in contention and eventually finished on 173 for 8.
Rahul over Dhawan:
Impressed with KL Rahul’s recent batting exploits, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg believes that India would not prefer the batsman over Dhawan to open the innings. Hogg took to Twitter to praise India’s use of bowlers and made the comment about Rahul and Dhawan.
“India utilizing Chahar and Bhuvneshwar with the new ball rather than spin, decisive move, allowing two swing bowlers to utilize there craft. Rahul looks as though he has ended Dhawan’s helm at the top of the order,” wrote Hogg.
India utilizing Chahar and Bhuvneshwar with the new ball rather than spin, decisive move, allowing two swing bowlers to utilize there craft. Rahul looks as though he has ended Dhawan's helm at the top of the order. #INDvWI #ICC #Cricket
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) December 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan is out of the upcoming ODI series too due to the injury. He has been replaced in the team by Mayank Agarwal. KL Rahul, however, looks set to partner Rohit Sharma at the top of the order.