Even though the first match was rained out, but the Indian cricket team will enter the second T20 match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday ie today. Due to this year's World Cup, healthy competition between Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul as the partner of the evergreen Rohit Sharma in the opening has become stronger. Dhawan is making a comeback after injury while Rahul has strengthened his claim by performing brilliantly during this period. With the first match being washed away, the challenge has increased for the 34-year-old Dhawan because one match has been reduced. Dhawan, who has performed brilliantly in the limited-overs format, has turned 34 while Rahul is just 27 years old so that Dhawan does not have much time to secure his place in this year's T20 World Cup.
According to media reports, the left-handed batsman Dhawan's strike rate has been a concern in limited-overs cricket for some time and he will have to improve in the remaining 2 matches against Sri Lanka. Dhawan was deeply troubled by injuries in 2019 and his path will be challenging once he returns. Last year, Dhawan scored 272 runs in 12 matches at a strike rate of 110.
Rahul, on the other hand, took full advantage of the chances and with the help of 1 century and 3 fifties in 6 innings of the last limited-overs series (3 T20 internationals and 3 ODIs) against the West Indies, he scored 349 runs. Captain Virat Kohli has also said that after getting rest from the series against Sri Lanka, when Rohit Sharma will return to start the innings, it will not be easy to choose between Dhawan and Rahul.