India have been experimenting with its opening position ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup. After sending Rishabh Pant as an opener in England, the management has handed over the role to Suryakumar Yadav in the ongoing five-match T20I series against West Indies.
He has notched up 24, 11 and 76 so far, which makes one wonder if there will be a new opening pair in Australia.
Dhoni made a similar move when he promoted Rohit Sharma in the 2013 Champions Trophy; the rest is history.
In the warm-up game before the 2013 Champions Trophy, Karthik scored an unbeaten 146 against Australia. He secured his place in the Playing XI, while Rohit was tasked with opening the batting with Shikhar Dhawan.
Former India fielding coach R Sridhar has talked about Dhoni’s move that positively served Indian cricket.
“There was one decision made by Dhoni in 2013 Champions Trophy to send Rohit to open. That was a brilliant move,” he said. Rohit scored 177 runs from five matches.