Dinesh Karthik played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022.
In IPL 2022, Karthik scored 330 runs at a strike rate of 183.33.
Karthik got a chance in the national team only after the performance of IPL.
New Delhi. Former spinner Maninder Singh has criticized the selectors and management of Team India for backing veteran wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik for a long time. Karthik was part of India’s squad for the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup and was also preferred over Rishabh Pant in the opening matches of the tournament. He returned to the Indian T20 International set-up after an impressive performance in IPL 2022 for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Dinesh Karthik played the role of a finisher in the IPL and displayed tremendous form with the bat, scoring 330 runs at a strike rate of 183.33. The Indian management also gave him the same role in the team, but he failed to perform on the bouncy pitches of Australia. In this tournament, India was out of the semi-finals after a 10-wicket defeat against England. However, Karthik was dropped from the playing XI for the semi-final clash after a poor performance in the group stages.
The former India spinner criticized Dinesh Karthik and said that the last time he finished the match for India was almost four years ago in the Nidahas Trophy final. Maninder Singh said, “I do not know how India supported Dinesh Karthik for so long. I saw him finish just one match, that too in the Nidahas final four years ago. Even in the T20 World Cup, he was backed with full force and seemed to be under pressure because of that finisher tag. So if someone is not performing then you need to make changes.”
In the first match of the T20 World Cup, Dinesh Karthik could score only one run against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. There was no change in his performance after 37-year-old Karthik was dismissed for just six runs against South Africa. He played his last match of the tournament against Bangladesh and he was able to score only seven runs in that match.
Meanwhile, Maninder Singh also criticized the selectors for not picking the wrist spinner for the ODI series against Bangladesh. He feels that Kuldeep Yadav should get a long chance in the Indian team. He said, “We have already made a mistake by not playing wrist spinner in T20 World Cup and we are not taking any wrist spinner in ODIs on Bangladesh tour. If you don’t play regularly with bowlers like Kuldeep, how do you know what they can offer with the build-up to the World Cup?”
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 02, 2022, 15:32 IST