Play Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant is not a bad move: Saba Karim

Written by Abhishek Patil

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.

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