When the third T20I between India and Sri Lanka ended, skipper Virat Kohli once again failed to give a clear cut answer on the team’s opening combination once Rohit Sharma returns. The team-management faces a huge dilemma as they will have to choose one between Shikhar Dhawan and in-form KL Rahul. In the last few months, Rahul has definitely been the better performer but one cannot write off Shikhar Dhawan straightaway as he showed on Friday that he has still got it.
Having faced criticism in recent times for his form, Shikhar Dhawan matched his younger opening partner shot for shot and slammed 52 off 36 balls, helping India win the match by 78 runs. The southpaw has been getting the starts in T20Is but he was not really making them count before scoring a fine fifty on Saturday.
Rahul, on the other hand, continued his stunning run of form and scored 54 from 36 balls. It would now be interesting to see the opening combination in the upcoming ODI series against Australia when Rohit Sharma returns to action. But for the time being, Shikhar Dhawan is not worried about it at all as he praised himself as well as Rohit and Rahul. He made it clear that he is just focussed on performing and not on the work of the team-management.
“All 3 players are doing very well. Rohit Sharma had a terrific 2019. KL Rahul has been performing very well since last 1-2 months, he’s a very good player. Now I have come in to the picture, I performed well today.
“But it is not my headache, so I will not think much about it because it is not in my hands. Performing well is in my hands. Rest of the things are in the hands of the coaches and the captain,” said Shikhar Dhawan after the match.