Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant? Who will play tonight against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup

India beat Pakistan in the high-octane Asia Cup opening clash on Sunday

Dinesh Karthik was announced in the starting 11 against Pakistan but made way for Rishabh Pant in the 2nd match against Pakistan

It remains to be seen if the Indian team management goes with the same composition.

India will be facing Sri Lanka in a do-or-die situation, it will be interesting what the Indian think tank will decide

Dinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant T20I Stats

Karthik, who is over 10 years older than Pant, featured in India’s first-ever T20 International back in December 2006.

However, Karthik has played only 48 T20Is in total as he mostly remained in the shadows of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni.

In June this year, Karthik became the oldest Indian to smash a half-century in T20I cricket.

The right-handed batter hammered 55 (27) against the Proteas in the fourth T20I. Karthik’s maiden T20I fifty came in his 30th innings.

In that match against SA, Karthik registered the highest score by an Indian at number six or lower (T20Is).

He broke the record of Dhoni, who slammed an unbeaten 52 against South Africa in 2018.

In a series, Karthik shone, and Pant had a rather poor run.
Notably, the latter led India in that series.
His scores read 29 (16), 5(7), 6(8), 17(23) and 1*(1). However, Pant’s overall T20I numbers in 2022 are better compared to Karthik’s.
Karthik carved out his best version in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Karthik hoarded 330 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) while averaging a prolific 55.00. He had a monstrous strike rate of 183.33
All these numbers notwithstanding, who will grab the final spot for the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup? Only one of them is expected to play in the XI, with Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja centering the middle order.
All stats info by Newsbyte
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