Former Indian batsman, VVS Laxman has picked Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as the ideal opening pair for the upcoming five-match T20 series against England. VVS Laxman opted for Shikhar Dhawan as the back-up opener even though the southpaw has been in great touch of late.
Given the importance of the T20 World Cup, VVS Laxman said that India should not chop and change when it comes to the opening pair.
“Yes, Shikhar Dhawan had a fantastic IPL, the way he batted at the top of the order, scoring centuries for Delhi Capitals and then he’s in tremendous form for Delhi in the Vijay Hazare, where he scored a big 100 in that tournament as well. With KL Rahul as an opening combination, you want someone who’s second. Keeping in mind the T20 World Cup, you have to identify who your openers are going to be there in the World Cup and back them; don’t chop and change.” Laxman said.
“You have someone as experienced as Shikhar Dhawan, who can be the backup opener in case one of these openers Rohit Sharma/KL Rahul gets injured or lose their form,” he added
Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul opened the innings in the absence of Rohit Sharma in the recent white-ball series against Australia. However, with the coming of Rohit, it remains to be seen who will partner him in the first T20 against England. The first of the five-match T20 series will be played on Friday. All the matches will be played at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium.