At Bengaluru earlier this year, in the second T20I of the series against Australia, India opened with Shikhar Dhawan and K L Rahul. The duo put on 61 in seven overs after Australia put India in to bat. Dhawan’s innings was a painful 24-ball 14 while the free-flowing Rahul blasted 47 in 26 balls.
The next T20I India played was against West Indies after the World Cup. In the two matches at Lauderhill, India opted to sit Rahul out and went with Dhawan alongside Rohit Sharma but the southpaw never quite got going.
In the third T20I, Rohit was rested and both Dhawan and Rahul failed in this match. By the time South Africa arrived in India, the management was once again backing Rohit and Dhawan at the top.