Xtra Time Web Desk: India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday made it clear that KL Rahul will partner Rohit Sharma in the upcoming five match T20I series against England starting tomorrow at the Narendra Modi Stadium. According to Kohli, left hander Shikhar Dhawan will be the third opener in the side.
“It’s quite simple, KL and Rohit have been performing at the top of the order for us and those two would start,” Kohli said in a virtual press conference on the eve of the first of the five T20Is at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
“And if Rohit takes rest or KL has a niggle or something Shikki (Shikhar Dhawan) obviously comes back as a third opener. The starting composition, Rohit and Rahul will start,” he added.
Dhawan and Rahul were India’s openers in their last T20 series in Australia as Rohit was not part of the squad because of an injury. But with the limited-overs vice-captain now returning to the squad, it left Team India with a difficult choice to make between Dhawan and Rahul.
The think tank went with the two right-handers considering that both of them have a better record in T20 cricket compared to Dhawan in recent times.