Shikhar Dhawan will have to make runs in Sri Lanka to stand a chance of opening the batting along with Rohit Sharma in the T20 World Cup.

Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman believes that stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan will have to make runs in Sri Lanka to stand a chance of opening the batting along with Rohit Sharma in the T20 World Cup.

“I think that Shikhar Dhawan is rewarded for his consistent performances in white-ball cricket. He is the most experienced player in the squad. But Shikhar will be very clear that he has to use this opportunity, especially keeping in mind the T20 World Cup,” Laxman said on Star Sports on Friday.

“There is so much stiff competition with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as established openers. Virat Kohli very clearly mentioned that he wants to open in the T20 format. So, Shikhar has to be amongst the runs.” Laxman added, “While he is excited at being the captain of the Indian team, anyone will be proud leading their country, but the focus will be on to score runs and put his spot in a safe and secure position.”

Dhawan has been inconsistent in shorter formats in international cricket and a lot will depend on his performance against Lanka and the remaining season of the Indian Premier League.

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