The contradictions began even before a ball was bowled. A day after India skipper Virat Kohli had stated that Rohit Sharma and K.L. Rahul was the first-choice opening pair, the team management decided to rest Rohit for the first T20 here on Friday.
Did Rohit need the rest, given that the preceding third and fourth Tests lasted only five days in total, and the team had a five day break before the T20s commenced?
Rohit’s replacement Shikhar Dhawan, not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, took guard. A scratchy four off 12 balls was all that Dhawan could manage – not the best return for a man labelled the ‘third opener’.
In the same media interaction in which the Rohit-Rahul combination was given the thumbs up, Kohli spoke about a desire to play free, baggage-free cricket by taking the attack…