During the English series, India’s opening woes got even more pronounced. There were many significant changes in the team during and after the series, Murali Vijay was shown the way-out doorway while Shikhar Dhawan was dropped after the series got over. On the other hand, KL Rahul has to fight through his skin to keep a hold on the series where he scored a hundred that proved to be instrumental in keeping his place in the eleven.
India is still facing a trouble in keeping a fine batting lineup with openers. Against the West Indies, India opened with Prithvi Shaw and KL Rahul. While Shaw announced himself with a big bang but Rahul was just scraping through the series. Rahul’s failure in the alienating conditions of England were not as disconcerting as his non-performance against West Indies on home ground.
His miseries were not put to an end against Australia and in two innings he was able to just score 27 runs in the T20I. Rahul’s low confidence is evident from his batting performance. Now if India chooses to play KL Rahul against Australia then it can prove to be a big gamble as he is quite a sitting against quality bowlers, a differentiating advantage Australia has.
Speaking of Murali Vijay, he was dropped from the English series. He went back to the county cricket and was able to get back the mojo that helped him regain his confidence. Vijay also had a successful stint Australia last time during the Test Series where he scored 500 runs.
For India choice is between KL Rahul and Murali Vijay for the position of the second opener as Prithvi Shaw seems to be certain to open for the country. For second position it is either Rahul who is low on his confidence right now or Murali Vijay who has worked back in form and also have a good record of performance on Australian pitches.
Picking Murali Vijay over Rahul will be crucial for the Indian team as given the history of India on the Australian pitch it will be necessary to go on with the best possible team. According to experience Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, India has a good chance of winning this Test series given the bunch of new talent. Also, Australia in absence of its top talent David Warner and Steven Smith will be vulnerable like never before.