Ajay Jadeja says drop Karthik and Kohli from T20 squad

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The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 just a couple of months away.

The resurgence of few seasoned stars and emergence of new talent has given the Indian selectors a challenging task of choosing the best team.

Among these hopefuls is Dinesh Karthik whose exploits in IPL 2022 helped him stage a comeback to the national team.

However, former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has his own point of view on Karthik.

According to Jadeja, Karthik is not an automatic inclusion and his fate should be decided based on whether India play Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

“If you want to play the way I have heard them (India)…aggressive (approach) then you have to pick differently.”
“If Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma walk in, you need Dinesh Karthik at all cost.”
“He is your insurance. But if you don’t have either of them then Dinesh Karthik has no work here.”
“But yes I would not put Karthik there, he can have a seat beside me. He is very good as a commentator. But there, in the team, I would not pick him!”

Jadeja reckons that the team might have to do without Karthik and maybe even Kohli, unless he’s in form, in the T20 setup.

“If it’s (MS) Dhoni style, then add Kohli, Rohit and Karthik. But in modern-day cricket, you have to leave out Karthik. Maybe even Kohli depends on whether he is in form or not,” Jadeja said.

In his squad for the T20 World Cup, Jadeja has a place for Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal in the bowling attack.

“I have added Shami to the team. So for me, I select bowlers first. So Shami is a certainty.”

“In batting, four are certainties for me – Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda”

Let’s wait and watch if the selectors agree with Jadeja!


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