India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: Opening conundrum for India – 3 big challenges for India in Guwahati T20I
Guwahati is ready to host the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka – there are big posters of Virat Kohli and Lasith Malinga all around the city and one cannot miss the rather loud buildup to the first match. Amid all this, India have a series to win, they have three matches to sort out the muddle they seem to find themselves in T20Is and they have to figure out a way to chalk down the players who will win them the world challenge later this year in Australia.
Here in this article, we take a look at the three challenges which could also be seen as three opportunities for the Indian team.
Rohit Sharma has been rested, Shikhar Dhawan is back and hence, he will walk out to open the innings with KL Rahul. There is no doubt that Rohit will be the man when India travel down under and that KL Rahul is too good to not be his opening partner. What this effectively means is that Shikhar Dhawan has this tournament to stake his claim for this particular role. His strike rate in the recent T20Is has seen an increase, but he needs to be far more consistent and far more aggressive up front against the new ball.
In the recent matches, he has not been as prolific – he has scored 272 runs in 12 innings at an average of 22.66 with a strike rate of 110.56.