Guwahati T20I flop show to put extra pressure on Shikhar in Indore
New Delhi: All eyes are at Holkar Stadium in Indore as Team India is all set to take on visiting Sri Lanka team at the second of the three match-T20I series on Tuesday evening following a disastrous start of the series at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.
The decision to abandon the Guwahati match might put some extra pressure on some of the leading Indian players, especially Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah, to perform in the next two matches.
As Guwahati failed to conduct the series opener, it has far reaching repercussions on the Indian squad with the likes of Dhawan and Bumrah making a comeback to the side. One reduced opportunity, as it happened in Guwahati, might hamper their chances to cement their position in the ‘Men in Blue’ dressing room.
Shikhar’s last appearance for India was against West Indies in ODI in August last year. With KL Rahul being the favoured opener alongside Rohit Sharma, Dhawan has to make the most of the two remaining opportunities to be considered for regular selection into the team.
The southpaw from Delhi has played with a low strike rate in the shortest format and should be one of the pressing issues that he must look forward to in the two upcoming matches against Sri Lanka. His patchy 2019 performances marked with injuries have further made it an uphill task.
His close competitor, Rahul, has capitalised on his chances at the frontline with brilliant batting performances in the limited overs in recently against West Indies, scoring a century and three fifties in six innings.
With the T20 World Cup later this year the race will only get fiercer as to who would partner Rohit Sharma as the opening pair for India.
Skipper Virat Kohli has also favoured Rahul based on recent performances and “We’ll have to decide what is the best combination that we can go with and who are the best XI to take the field,” said Kohli ahead of the first T20.
Bumrah has been out since September, 2019, the start of the home series against South Africa, due to a stress fracture but has made a steady recovery.
As not a single bowl was bowled in Guwahati, it seems that India playing XI would remain unchanged with three pacers and two spinners for the clash at Indore.