However, if the coach sees the way Dravid plans, he does not believe in exploring more options. And by the time India plays the Asia Cup, they will need to decide on the venues as well. If Ruturaj Gaikwad hasn’t been much successful, the Chennai Super Kings opener may probably be given a couple of more chances against a weak Ireland to gather some runs and gain confidence.
Ishan Kishan has cemented his place as the reserve opener for the next few months and will continue in his role for some time and will open the innings with regular captain Rohit Sharma in the England leg of T20 Internationals. Caretaker captain Hardik Pandya, who batted at number five in the last series, is expected to retain the same position while Dinesh Karthik will move down a spot.
Although Karthik has been given a specific role, he can go ahead of Pandya depending on the circumstances. But it is not yet clear whether Dravid or Laxman will try ‘Jammu Express’ Umran Malik or Arshdeep Singh or continue with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Avesh Khan with Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal in place of spinners.