LOOKING FOR AN OPENING
The New Indian Express Chennai|December 25, 2019
LOOKING FOR AN OPENING
With Rohit locking one slot & Rahul making chance count, Dhawan faces tough test to win place back at the top
AYANTAN CHOWDHURY

SHIKHAR Dhawan’s place in the white-ball scheme of things has rarely been in doubt. But now with KL Rahul in imperious form, the southpaw returns to the national team for the T20Is and ODI series against Sri Lanka and Australia under different circumstances. He is retur ning af ter a knee injury which he suffered during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy which required 25 stitches.

While Rohit Sharma is immovable at the top, in Dhawan’s absence, Rahul has struck gold. In nine T20Is in 2019, the Karnataka opener has an average of 44.50 and more importantly a strike-rate of 142.40 that has helped India get off to strong starts. Even in ODIs, Rahul’s average of 47.66 from 13 outings is more than that of Dhawan. With Mayank Agarwal also breathing down the neck, there is a two-way competition for one available spot at the top.

Dhawan, who will lead Delhi in their Ranji Trophy fixture against Hyderabad, isn’t new to such scenarios. He has experienced it in Tests.

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