India continued their dominance over Bangladesh as they won the three-match T20I series even after losing the series opener. It was a good comeback led by the Indian captain Rohit Sharma in the second T20I which helped India change the momentum. India held their nerve in the series decider to win the final game and the series.
India had a number of positives in the T20I series. Deepak Chahar was brilliant with the ball in the hand. Shreyas Iyer too had a good series as he smashed his maiden T20I fifty. Along with the positives, there were a few negatives as well.
India’s only left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed struggled throughout the series. India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan too had a tough time as he wasn’t able to score many runs in the series. He managed to score only 91 runs in three innings at an average of 30.33.
In the first game, on a slow wicket, he struggled to get going as he scored 41 off 42 balls. His batting has come under the scanner as he is playing a bit too slow for this format. He has failed to give India those flying starts which he has done in the 50 over format. In 2019, he has failed to do anything special for India in the shortest format.
In 12 matches, he has scored only 272 runs at an average of 22.67 with a strike-rate of 110.57. He has failed to cross the 50-run mark as he has managed a highest score of just 41. On the other hand, India’s No.3 for this series KL Rahul put up a better show.
He too failed in the first match and didn’t bat much in the second, but in the third game, he was brilliant as he smashed a half-century. His numbers have been magnificent in the shortest format. He has an average of 42.35 in 31 matches with a strike-rate of 145.37. He has two centuries to his name in the shortest format.
In the last two seasons of the IPL, he has single-handedly carried the batting line-up of KXIP. Many times he has been the lone scorer for them in high run-chases. He is more dynamic and aggressive than Dhawan. With Rishabh Pant struggling, KL Rahul could also offer a wicket-keeping option.
Many times Rahul has shown his class in the shortest format for India. The Australian conditions with pace and bounce would suit a batsman like him. All the numbers are in the favor of elegant right-hander and it’s time that India starts opening with him. Rohit and Rahul have been a successful pair at the top of the order and it would be an experiment worth trying.
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