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Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh says playing Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant was the “right decision”.
Team India defeated Pakistan by five wickets on Sunday to start their Asia Cup 2022 campaign on a winning note.
One of the biggest talking points of the game was Rishabh Pant was not named in playing eleven.
In a move that helped raise a few eyebrows, India opted to play Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant
Karthik has been in incredible form in T20Is ever since he made an incredible return to the team after a successful stint with RCB in IPL 2022.
Harbhajan Singh feels Team India made the right call to pick Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant
“Rishabh Pant, no doubt, has done very well even in Test cricket and one-dayers. He has been very good.”
But in this shortest format, he has not been an accomplished player. However, if you look at Dinesh Karthik, “his graph is only going upward. He has performed well.”
“In this format, in this form, there is no use keeping him on the bench. It’s time for Dinesh Karthik to play, he should play” he said in an interaction with Aajtak
“Rishabh Pant is young, he still has plenty of time left. However, Dinesh Karthik has only 1-2 years left and he should make the most of it,
“The team should also use Karthik’s form and make the most of it.”
“He can win a lot of matches, batting down the order. With Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik batting down the order, I think it’s going to be difficult for most opposition bowlers,” he added.
“With Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik batting down the order, I think it’s going to be difficult for most opposition bowlers,”
Dinesh Karthik didn’t have much to do with the bat as he played only one delivery.
He took a stunning catch behind the stumps to dismiss Ifthikar Ahmed, which also earned him the award for Catch of the Match.