Left-Hander Option At The Top
Shikhar Dhawan would have been the ideal left-hand option for India at the top of the order, to open with Rohit Sharma as it has been a big advantage in bigger boundaries in UAE. India has the likes of Ishan Kishan who can bat in the top four if needed, but he is not a certainty in the playing XI which means KL Rahul is likely to open with Rohit Sharma.
It makes it highly improbable for India to include Ishan Kishan as well as KL Rahul in the playing XI and it will mean that India will have no option for the left-hander in the top four unless they drop KL Rahul. Shikhar Dhawan’s inclusion would have made sure that all these questions were answered.