India went in with KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan as their opening combination in the first T20I against Australia. While KL Rahul scored a well-compiled fifty, Shikhar Dhawan failed to get going and was dismissed by Mitchell Starc.
Former India player Sanjay Bangar feels Mayank Agarwal is better suited to open the innings in the remaining matches, while KL Rahul can play in the middle order.
“It’s going to be a toss-up right because Rohit Sharma, unfortunately, isn’t available for the team, so I believe they will have to go with Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan. Shikhar Dhawan is going to be a consistent factor, but whether they opt to go with KL Rahul, who has again been in fabulous touch, is something that needs to be seen,” Bangar said on the show Gameplan on Star Sports.
Rahul has been fabulous for India in the shorter formats of the game. The right-handed batsman has proved his mettle in the opening slot and in the middle order as well. He was the leading run-scorer in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League and bagged the Orange Cap.
“KL Rahul has done great service to the Indian team in the recent past when he’s batted at No. 5, but I believe that Mayank Agarwal may just open with Shikhar Dhawan.” Bangar added.