New Delhi. Captain Virat Kohli has given the first big statement of the T20 series. Hours before the first match, Kohli said that as an opener, Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul pair are the first choice. That is, Shikhar Dhawan will have to sit out in the first match of the five-match series starting on March 12. Prior to this, Team India won 3–1 in the Test series.
Talking to the media, Virat Kohli said, ‘Rahul and Rohit will bat on the top order in the first match. If Rohit or Rahul are given further rest or get something, then we have Shikhar Dhawan as the backup opener. Before this, Rohit Sharma refused to speak anything on what to field with him as the second opener. On the other hand, former India player VVS Laxman advocated sending Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul as openers. Also, Shikhar Dhawan was asked to keep him in the team as the third opener. Laxman said that T20 World Cup is to be held in the country this year. In such a situation, Dhawan will be important for us as a backup opener.
Talking of Indian opening pair in T20, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan pair are the most successful. The pair of Rohit and Dhawan have scored 1743 runs in 52 innings at an average of 34. They have shared a century and a half-century partnership 4 times. KL Rahul and Rohil are the second successful pairing as the opening. Both have scored 558 runs in 11 innings at an average of 51. Have shared twice a century and once a half-century.