After playing musical chairs with Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, it appears to be that India have finally managed to zero in on their wicketkeeper-batter for the T20 World Cup. Karthik was preferred over Pant in all three matches in the recently-concluded three-match T20I series – In the rain-curtailed second T20I, both Pant and Karthik played as India decided to field an extra batter in the 8-over-per-side contest.
Former India selector Saba Karim said it’s not a bad move by India to play Karthik ahead of Pant. “Well, there is always a possibility, but I think the Indian team management have decided to go ahead with Dinesh Karthik which is not a bad move,” Karim said on Sports18.
“They feel that they need more of his kind of a player at number six who can do the finisher’s role in a much better manner because Rishabh Pant in that kind of particular role has not been tried before and places above that have kind of been sorted. So, I do have my doubts that Rishabh Pant will get a look in because the Indian team has kind of found the right combination,” he added.