Rahul would definitely be the biggest silver lining for India following the Vishakapatnam heart break. The right-hander has far too often shown how good he can be on his day. That only makes it increasingly frustrating when his bad days come along far too regularly. He was, not too long ago, a player India somehow wanted to fit in into the scheme of things. He had shown his penchant for the stellar batting up the order, capable of playing both as an attacker and as a sheet anchor when the situation called for it. But in trying to fit him in into the middle order, India perhaps bottled. Rahul seemed only a shadow of his free-flowing self, and lost form quickly enough to find himself out of favour.
Kohli’s side has only a handful of games to figure out the right personnel in the right positions, and with every failure, the need seems more dire. The game in Vizag gave them no right answers, they will hope Benguluru brings out some better results.
So what do India really expect from the T20I series? Game time and a boost in confidence maybe? They did get what they sought when it came to Rahul, but their more immediate concerns – their middle and lower-middle order batting and their third seamer – are still waiting to be answered. In the little time that they have, they will, one way or another, want to know whether they will get them. After all, all they can do is provide the players with the opportunities.