India Tour of Sri Lanka: Who will partner Shikhar Dhawan as opener? 1 spot – 3 choices Shaw, Padikkal & Gaikwad?

India Tour of Sri Lanka: Who will partner Shikhar Dhawan as opener? 1 spot - 3 choices Shaw, Padikkal & Gaikwad? IND vs SL
India Tour of Sri Lanka: Who will partner Shikhar Dhawan as opener? 1 spot - 3 choices Shaw, Padikkal & Gaikwad? IND vs SL

India Tour of Sri Lanka – Shikhar Dhawan Opening Partner? Right before the 1st match of India vs Sri Lanka series Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan has a big task at hand. Task to select his own opening partner. He along with Coach Rahul Dravid is spoilt for the choices with names like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad in the squad. According to the information coming in from sources from Colombo – at this stage Prithvi Shaw leads the race.

According to the team sources, Delhi Capitals pair of Dhawan & Shaw is likely to be the team management’s preferred choice in both ODI & T20 Series.

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“Shaw scored pile of runs in the restricted domestic season. Dhawan & Shaw have great understanding as opening partners as they come from the same IPL team. I will be surprised, if anyone else will be played as India’s opening pain in the 1st ODI on 13th July, I think both Ruturaj and Padikkal will have to wait for their chances”, declared the team source from Colombo.  

India Tour of Sri Lanka – Shikhar Dhawan Opening Partner?

Though it is clear that team management’s preferred option for the opening game would be Dhawan & Shaw, but without any doubt – both Padikkal & Gaikwad will keep them on their heels because of superb domestic as well as successful IPL 2021 Phase 1.

India Tour of Sri Lanka – Shikhar Dhawan Opening Partner? Here at InsideSport we look at Team India’s likely opener among the trio- Shaw, Padikkal or Gaikwad looking at their stats and recent form.

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Shikhar Dhawan Opening Partner – Choice No 1 – Prithvi Shaw

List A Total Runs: 221          List A Average: 58.18 (41 matche)          List A Strike Rate: 124.98

T20 Total Runs: 1508           T20 Average: 25.55 (59 matches)           T20 Strike Rate: 150.19

IPL 2021 Runs: 308               IPL 2021 Average: 38.50 (8 matches)     IPL 2021 Strike Rate: 166.48

The stalwart from Maharashtra, Prithvi Shaw made his maiden ODI appearance for Team India against New Zealand in 2020 but showed an average performance with the bat. (Runs- 84, Mtch-3, Avg-28.00). Although he had a good strike rate of 102.43, but the much-needed solid opening partnership to get the initial thrust wasn’t offered by this young batsmen then.

However, in his recent stint in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 season where he set record-breaking 827 Runs (first player to breach the 800-run mark in the tournament) followed by his IPL performance give reasons that he has dusted off his weakness and has emerged strong as an opener.

His well-defined set chemistry with skipper Shikhar Dhawan, which the duo share while playing for DC in IPL, might just give him an edge over the other two.

Shikhar Dhawan Opening Partner – Choice No 2 – Devdutt Padikkal

List A Total Runs: 1387        List A Average: 86.68 (20 matches)         List A Strike Rate: 86.85

T20 Total Runs: 1466           T20 Average: 43.11 (39 matches)            T20 Strike Rate: 146.74

IPL 2021 Runs:  195              IPL 2021 Average: 39.00 (6 matches)      IPL 2021 Strike Rate: 152.34

Much like Shaw, Padikkal also bamboozled in the 2021 editions of Vijay Hazare Trophy and IPL. . Devdutt Padikkal, with 737 runs, finished second, and both youngsters broke the record held by Mayank Agarwal with 723 runs in the 2017-18 season. The way this confident left-handed opener has caused ruckus to the overseas bowlers in IPL can earn him a probable chance. However, if selectors prefer a left-right hand batsmen opening pair, Padikkal might just receive a tough stroke of luck with Shikhar Dhawan already ticking as the left-hand batting option.

Shikhar Dhawan Opening Partner – Choice No 3 – Ruturaj Gaikwad

List A Total Runs: 1387        List A Average: 86.68 (20 matches)         List A Strike Rate: 86.85

List A Total Runs: 2681        List A Average: 47.87 (59 matches)         List A Strike Rate: 97.59

T20 Total Runs: 1337           T20 Average: 32.60  (46 matches)           T20 Strike Rate: 130.43

IPL 2021 Runs:  196              IPL 2021 Average: 28.00 (7 matches)      IPL 2021 Strike Rate: 128.94

His decent domestic stats may look dry compared to the other two but his sheer batting performance came to display in the business end of IPL 2020 and even glared in Phase 1 of IPL 2021. He played some intelligent knocks for CSK side which even invited him a maiden call for this white ball tour to Sri Lanka.

It’s clear India in Sri Lanka are spoilt for the choices. In Shaw, Padikkal & Gaikwad – captain Dhawan and team India will always have options up their sleeves in case anyone falters.