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Who Should Open With Rohit Sharma? VVS Laxman Picks KL Rahul Over Shikhar Dhawan

VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman has backed KL Rahul over Shikhar Dhawan as someone who should be opening the batting alongside Rohit Sharma in T20Is.

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman has backed KL Rahul over Shikhar Dhawan as someone who should be opening the batting alongside Rohit Sharma in T20Is. With the T20 World Cup just around the corner, it looks a certainty that Shikhar Dhawan will be Team India’s reserve opener.

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“It will be a tough question, as far as the selection of the second opener is concerned. There’s no doubt about that because Rohit Sharma is an automatic choice in white ball cricket. I will still go with KL Rahul, because over the last few months and years I think the Indian team management went with KL Rahul as an opening batsman and he has done really well in that position," he said on Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected.’

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He said with a busy T20 season ahead of them Team India must have a reserve opener in their ranks and Dhawan is a perfect choice. “Yes, Shikhar Dhawan had a fantastic IPL, the way he batted top of the order, scoring centuries for Delhi capitals and then he’s in tremendous form for Delhi in the Vijay Hazare, where he scored a big 100 in that tournament as well. With KL Rahul as an opening combination you want someone who’s second. Keeping in mind the T20 World Cup, you have to identify who your openers are going to be there in the World Cup and back them; don’t chop and change. You have someone as experienced as Shikhar Dhawan, who can be the backup opener in case one of these openers Rohit Sharma/ KL Rahul gets injured or lose their form.”

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