He has all the shots: Irfan Pathan feels there is a striking similarity between Karthik and De Villiers

Written by Sumit Seth

Former India allrounder  Irfan Pathan feels that veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik and South Africa’s AB de Villiers have a similar style of playing the shortest format of the game.

Coincidentally, stepping in the shoes of De Villiers, Karthik became the new finisher for the Bangalore-based franchise. Karthik played an instrumental role in RCB’s qualification for the IPL 2022 playoffs.

The senior batter then received a much-deserving India call-up for the South Africa series during the IPL 2022. Karthik showcased his batting exploits against the Proteas and the veteran batter also retained his place in the Indian side for the Ireland T20Is.

“You won’t find a player with such a range. See, I’m not comparing him with AB de Villiers in terms of ability, but his range is quite similar to him. He will hit you for sweep, he will go for a switch hit. He has all the shots. When needed, he charges down the track and yes, he does prefer the leg-side. But the way he uses his feet and gets in the line of the ball is brilliant,” Pathan observed.

Karthik also surpassed MS Dhoni by becoming the oldest Indian batter to score a T20I half-century in the South Africa series. The 37-year-old smashed 92 runs in the five-match T20I series between India and South Africa. “He efficiently plays the spinners and fast bowlers. And if you ask him to hit from ball one, he can do that as well. For a finisher, it is very important and that is what Dinesh Karthik can do,” Pathan added.


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