Bangalore: The washout in Visakhapatnam means the Indian team management has just one T20 International fixture against New Zealand in Chennai, to get their combination right before they head to Sri Lanka for the ICC World Twenty20.
Among the few grey areas has been the inability of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, to lay a solid foundation at the top of the innings across all formats, something they did consistently between 2008 to 2010, which mirrored India's rise in the Test rankings as well as success in the One-Day format. Despite that, they remain India's best bet to open the batting in the T20 format. Both of them are certainties to open the batting in Sri Lanka at the World T20, a tournament where India's performance across the last two editions, in 2009 and 2010 has been well below par.
The Indian selectors though, have given a vote of confidence to the Delhi duo, as no back-up opener has been picked in the 15-man squad. Gambhir made two fifties and a century in Sri Lanka during the limited-overs series, while Sehwag has just one fifty to show, since India started their season in July after a rare two-month break. In between, Sehwag also struck a couple of cameos in the Test matches against New Zealand. But, there was nothing to suggest a lack of form, rather it was just that he failed to convert on starts.