Not too long ago, there was talk about Dhawan and Rahul fighting for the opening slot along with Rohit Sharma. Since then, such has been the turn of events that Rahul has been tasked to keep wickets and bat in the middle order whille Dhawan injured himself once again during the ODI series against Australia and was ruled out of the New Zealand tour.
Rahul displayed good form initially as an opener with his performances putting Dhawan under pressure as he was out injured.
But the Karnataka right-hander continued his purple patch in the middle order as well and that was on show in both the T20Is and ODIs in New Zealand. While Rahul helped India whitewash the Kiwis 5-0 in the T20Is, his efforts with the bat went in vain as India were drubbed 0-3 in the 50-over format.