In the past few days, we have discussed the different compositions for team India heading into the T20 World Cup. There are no doubts over India's batting probable as the big names are surely going to make the cut unless there are no injury concerns.
The big guns like Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma are set to make it to the 15-man squad, whereas, the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishab Pant are almost on the verge of making it to the squad.
But what about India's opening combination? This is one big conundrum that Virat Kohli and Indian team management have to look into.
For some time now, KL Rahul has become one of India's backbone in limited-overs cricket and also a prominent figure in Dream11 fantasy cricket. There is no doubt over the credentials Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli posses and how big scalps these two are for any opposition nowadays.
But someone like KL Rahul has induced new lives among the spectators, especially in the past 6 months. From wicket-keeping to moving down at no 5 and also captaining team India in the final T20I against New Zealand, KL Rahul has had a ridiculous turn of events which certainly puts him right at the top for the first choice opener alongside Rohit Sharma.
Here is the today match prediction for who will be Rohit Sharma's opening partner.
KL Rahul is the front runner to partner Rohit Sharma at the top going by his recent phenomenal run. However, there's one other guy who is in the mix of things and he is none other than the swashbuckling left-hander Shikhar Dhawan.
Injuries have hindered his form recently which led him to miss the 5-match T20I series against New Zealand. His last T20I series was against Sri Lanka in Jan 2020, wherein he scored 84 runs from just two innings which included a half-century.
His absence from the T20I series against New Zealand meant that KL Rahul accompanied Rohit at the top. From 5 innings he accumulated 224 runs at a staggering average of 56.
The comparison between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul is not about the form but fitness. Both are assured of a place in the T20 World Cup squad but it is a matter of time when we get to know who will partner Rohit Sharma.
In fantasy prediction, it is good to go with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. The left-right opening duo is always fruitful and bowlers find it thought to settle their lengths.
If we look at this with another angle, KL Rahul is flexible to bat anywhere in the order which makes it easy for the management to go with Shikhar Dhawan as the opener.