[caption id="attachment_664867" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-664867" alt="Dhawan scored 94 in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Shikhar-Dhawan-afp-test.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Dhawan scored 94 in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india" target="_blank">India</a> are currently going through a sweet struggle of choosing two out of three in-form openers: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kl-rahul" target="_blank">KL Rahul</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/murali-vijay" target="_blank">Murali Vijay</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shikhar-dhawan" target="_blank">Shikhar Dhawan</a>. However, for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/matthew-hayden" target="_blank">Matthew Hayden</a>, choice for the slot is the pair of Rahul and Vijay. Pointing at the fact that the duo can perform overseas, Hayden added that Shikhar Dhawan tries to emulate <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virender-sehwag" target="_blank">Virender Sehwag</a> but lacks skills. <p></p> <p></p> Murali Vijay and KL Rahul, to me, are the natural choices when it comes to abroad performance, Hayden said in a report published by <i>CricTracker</i>. Having said that, I have seen Shikhar (Dhawan) evolve as a player as well. He wants to be Virender Sehwag but I don t think he has necessarily got the ability that Virender did, to kind of go up and down (the batting order). <p></p> <p></p> I think he is a vastly improved player in the last 12 months in Test match cricket. That s fair. The gut feeling with how and a difficult role for selectors to have as well, but it is a good problem to have. Because how culture driven by performance is exactly what you need, Hayden added. <p></p> <p></p>Talking further of India s balanced top-order, Hayden said, KL is worth persisting with youth. He will play all formats of the game and I just believe Murali Vijay as his partner will bring him through that, not to mention the combination what I consider to be the most important foundation of Test match cricket and that is the engine room being Nos. 1, 2 and 3, and his relationship with Pujara is special. Those factors, for me, are really significant.