Dinesh Karthik India vs Bangladesh: Dinesh Karthik’s place in the playing XI looked in jeopardy and he kept wickets in the indoor practice session on Tuesday. But he didn’t look quite fit. India’s head coach Rahul Dravid said that the decision to include Karthik in the playing XI will be taken before the match against Bangladesh on Wednesday.
In the two matches that Karthik has batted so far, he scored another six while he suffered from back pain during the match against South Africa in Perth. Rishabh Pant did not practice and most of the players who have a place in the playing XI also did not come for practice on the eve of the match.
Dravid told reporters before practice, “He (Karthik) looks in good condition today. It was unfortunate that he got injured while trying to stop the bouncer. We are assessing his injury and it will be interesting to see how he is tomorrow morning after a good practice session today. The final decision will be taken tomorrow.”
Ever since Dravid became the head coach, if he is not sure about the availability of a player, it means that his chances of getting a place in the playing XI are slim. While practicing wicketkeeping, Karthik did not look comfortable and on some occasions he found it difficult to handle the ball. Karthik, who is probably playing his last ICC tournament, was selected in the team as a finisher but he has been seen struggling so far on the fast and bouncy pitches of Australia.
Defending him, Dravid said, “It is difficult to judge a player like Karthik. He didn’t get a chance to bat a lot. Against Pakistan he played only one ball in the last moments and against the Netherlands he did not get a chance to bat. He played a good partnership with Suryakumar against South Africa.
Karthik contributed six runs in a 52-run partnership with Suryakumar. During the World Cup, Virat Kohli hardly skips practice sessions and here too he arrived for indoor practice sessions with KL Rahul, Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin. He batted for a short time but after that kept a close watch on Rahul’s batting. After that he spent enough time with coach Rahul Dravid.
Kohli was probably telling Rahul to try to play the ball a little early. His movement is moving the foot towards the off-stump and the weight of the body is also coming forward, which increases the chances of the ball being played on the wicket, caught behind the wicket and going leg before. Kohli advised Rahul to keep the body stable instead of moving.
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