One rookie mistake, India will lose the home series against England.
To date, India has far fielded distinct opening combinations in each of the three T20Is against England. Earlier, it was Dhawan and Rahul. Then, the left-hander was replaced by debutant Kishan in the second while Rohit regained his spot with Rahul as his partner in third. Rahul being the constant across the three matches. Also, they have registered their slowest four ever: 22 for 3 in the initial game, and 24 for 3 on Tuesday.
The big question is; will the authorities restructure the team before the T20 World Cup in October, or adhere to the same opening combination? Here are some suggestions:
Go with Sharma-Rahul Duo
The duo was the first choice, the two performed in the third match. Considering the stats, this is one of India’s destructive opening pair; securing: 565 runs together in 12 innings at a scoring rate of 9.65/over.
It is apparent why India would back them as their first-choice pair, but will they overlook the recent performance of Rahul? Rahul has secured the highest runs after four players since the start of 2018. But the need of the hour is – new options and finalize the third opener for the T20 World Cup.
Look for a Safer option: Sharma-Dhawan
Sharma-Dhawan have proven their expertise with consistent and impeccable performances. They have unparalleled run-scoring, for any wicket and opened together 52 times. They have registered 1743 runs, scoring at 8.28/over, with four-century stands and seven-fifty stands.
Dhawan displayed remarkable performance at IPL last year with a tally of 618, striking at 144.73. Only Rahul made more runs than him (670 runs at a strike rate of 129.34). Does this increase the chances of Dhawan replacing Rahul?
Choose Kishan as an opener
Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has suggested putting Rahul down to No. 4 and Kishan should be chosen as the opener. The left-hand batsman registered a scintillating performance with 32-ball 56 which got him accolades and Player-of-the-Match award. He has proven his mettle time and again.
Kohli and one other opener
To secure victory, the authorities would need to push Virat up as an opener. In tandem with him, Yadav, Iyer, or Pant can make for a great pair and allow them to show their wares.
Kholi’s average is alike to his average at No.3. But he is a fast scorer as an opener140.44) as opposed to No. 3 (130.44). He has also scored all his T20 centuries as an opener.