Ravi Shastri Picks the Dinesh Karthik as Finisher for Team India in T20 World Cup 2022


Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik returned to the Indian T20 team after a gap of more than three years. He has made it into the squad for the five-match T20I series against South Africa starting from June 9, hosting India. Dinesh Karthik got a chance in Team India on the basis of IPL 2022 performance, who scored 330 runs in 16 innings at a strikerate of more than 180.

Commenting on Dinesh Karthik’s return, former India head coach Ravi Shastri said the wicket-keeper batsman has a great opportunity to cement his place in the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia from the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. . Ravi Shastri said on Star Sports, “This is the opportunity he has. If he gets an opportunity in these matches, he has to capitalize on it. We know he has experience, so it becomes extremely important.”

Rishabh Pant will be the first-choice wicketkeeper for the upcoming mega ICC event. In such a situation, it will be seen how Karthik adjusts in the playing XI. However, Shastri believes that the veteran cricketer can play the role of a finisher like MS Dhoni. “You have to look at the team’s perspective, what are they looking for? Do they want a keeper who bats at the top of the order or do they want a keeper who is a finisher? I would go for the latter. You need a keeper,” he said. Need who will play the role of MS Dhoni, keep it that way.”

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Shastri further said, “Rishabh Pant is already there who can bat in the top four or five in T20 cricket, but you want someone who can sustain and finish a game, because MS ( Dhoni) he is not very much a finisher now. So, I think his chances are very good here.” If Dinesh Karthik is picked for the T20 World Cup, he will return to Australia to play T20Is for the first time since 2010.

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