“Have to choose between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant,” says ex-India selector. Former India selector Saba Karim has stated that the selectors must choose between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. That once that decision is made, it will be easier to slot Suryakumar Yadav at No.4.
The T20 World Cup is quickly approaching, and team management must be agonizing over. Who to select and who to leave out. Team India has built a strong pool, and in order to manage the workload of senior players, several youngsters have had the opportunity to shine. Dinesh Karthik’s story, on the other hand, is quite different. He returned to the national team after strong performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
The 37-year-old batter has made the finisher position his own. But due to underwhelming performances in the last few T20Is against the West Indies, several pundits are questioning his position. Former India selector Saba Karim has now stated that the selectors must choose between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, and that once that decision is made, it will be easier to slot in Suryakumar Yadav at No.4.
“Yes, you should sort it out as soon as possible.” But, you know what, in order to fix the No. 4 slot or position for a specific player, we must first get the side’s combination and balance correct. This means they must choose between Dinesh Kartik and Rishabh Pant. “Once you’ve decided on either of these players, it’ll be easy to slot Suryakumar Yadav in at number four. ” Saba Karim said on SPORTS18’s daily sports news show ‘SPORTS OVER THE TOP.’
Karim also believes that India would be better off with five bowlers and Hardik Pandya as a sixth option.
“I believe that India has done well with five bowlers plus Hardik Pandya as six bowling options to get the balance right.” So, would you like to break that kind of combination and bring in another bat at number 7, Dinesh Karthik? That means you go in with Hardik Pandya, the fifth bowler, who is expected to bowl four overs, which is another big call from the Indian team management,” Karim explained.
“If this is the case, the Indian team’s management may face some difficulties. According to what I’ve seen of Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, he prefers to have five regular bowlers and Hardik Pandya as their sixth bowling option. If that is the case, you must choose between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik “He continued.
Karthik scored 66 runs in five matches against the West Indies, while Pant scored 115 runs in four games.