IND vs SA Indian coach Rahul Dravid identifies Dinesh Karthik role in team India ahead of india vs south africa series


Dinesh Karthik is set to return to the team after three years in the five-match T20I series between India and South Africa. Dinesh Karthik performed brilliantly in many matches as a finisher for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022, due to which he was once again able to make a comeback in the Indian team and if India’s head coach Rahul Dravid is to be believed, then Karthik was sent on 9 June. He may get the role of a finisher in the opener of the series.

The wicket-keeper batsman played the role of ‘finisher’ for the Faf du Plessis-led side. He scored 330 runs in 16 matches at an average of 55 and a strike-rate of 183.00. Karthik’s exploits were not ignored by the selectors and keeping in mind the 2022 T20 World Cup, he has given a chance to make a place in the team as a finisher.

Dravid said that Karthik was picked for the Indian team on the basis of his exploits as a finisher for RCB. “Dinesh … it is very clear … very clear that he has made a comeback based on the skill shown at a particular stage of the game. Dinesh has really been able to show great consistency in the last two to three years.

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Dravid said in the pre-match press conference, “The role for Dinesh is clear. He can make a difference at the end of the game. So he has been selected to bat in those positions and do the same for India. He has really been able to make a difference in whichever team he has played with.

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Karthik last played for India in the 2019 World Cup, where the team lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals. Karthik was also a part of India’s first T20I squad, which played against South Africa for the first time in 2006. He was also a member of the MS Dhoni-led Indian team that won the 2007 T20 World Cup.

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