New Delhi. Ravi Shastri has given a big statement before the T20 series between India and South Africa. The 5-match T20 series (India vs South Africa) is starting from June 9. Former India coach Shastri said that we need a wicketkeeper to fill the place of MS Dhoni, who can also work as a finisher. According to me Dinesh Karthik is fit for this role. In IPL 2022, Karthik showed a good game for RCB as a finisher. During this his strike rate was above 183. Due to this, he has got a place in the Indian team for the T20 series after a long time.
Talking to Star Sports, Ravi Shastri said, “This is an opportunity for Dinesh Karthik. If he is fielded in the series, then he can prove to be important for the team. We all know he has experience. So it becomes even more important.” He said that you have to see from the point of view of the team what they are looking for. Do they want a wicketkeeper who bats at the top of the order or do they want a keeper who is a finisher. I am with the second option. You need a keeper, who plays MS Dhoni.
player to finish the match
Ravi Shastri said that already Rishabh Pant is present in the team, who can bat in top-4 or top-5 in T20 cricket. But you want someone who can keep and finish a game. He said that the team does not have too many finishers, as MS Dhoni has retired. So, I think Dinesh Karthik has a good chance.
If Dinesh Karthik gets a place in the Indian team for the T20 World Cup, he will play T20 matches in Australia after 2010. 37-year-old Karthik scored 330 runs in 16 matches of IPL 2022. But whether captain KL Rahul and coach Rahul Dravid give him a chance in the playing-11 against South Africa, it has to be seen.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 05, 2022, 10:17 IST