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Survive for 1 more Test, then we are coming: West Indies Cricket Board to Rahul and Dhawan

04, Sep 2018 By Sandeep Kadian

Antigua: Indian openers may be struggling during the tour of England but happy days are just around the corner. West Indies, the great tourists, will be coming to India for a 2 Tests series in October and their Cricket Board, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has sent a message of encouragement to Indian openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.

In an official letter, CWI has reminded the Indian openers that they are coming soon to India so all they have to do is to survive one more Test match in England and then they can go back to making hundreds for fun. Indian openers have struggled during the ongoing series against England with the opening partnership crossing 50 only twice and no opener managing to cross individual score of 50.

However, a home series against West Indies will be the right opportunity for them to hit form and confirming their spot for the winter tour of Australia.

Whenever Indian batsmen have suffered a crisis of confidence in recent years, Sri Lanka or West Indies have stepped up to boost their averages, West Indies even offered a great launch pad to Rohit Sharma who was averaging 288 after his first series against the Caribbean side, and they are ready to restore the confidence of Rahul and Dhawan after a forgettable English tour.

Speaking to Faking News, a CWI official said, “We heard some discussions that India should go in with 7 batsmen in Test cricket because the openers are not contributing at all and there is too much pressure on Kohli to score. Rubbish, they should go in with just 3 batsmen when they face us and we will make sure all of them hit 100s. We have always behaved well as guests in recent years and we will continue to do the same. All Rahul and Dhawan have to do is, survive the final Test with some dignity so that they get picked against us. We will prefer to concede runs to them than to some young kids picked for their debuts.”

As per sources inside the Indian Team, this message has really motivated Rahul and Dhawan and they are determined to score at least 10 runs each to confirm their spot for the series against West Indies.