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When did Karthik play in Australia? This is not Bangalore’s wicket…’ Sehwag’s big statement on Pant-DK debate

Highlights

Dinesh Karthik has not been able to leave his mark in the T20 World Cup so far.
Got out early against Pakistan and South Africa
Now there is a demand to give Rishabh Pant a chance in his place.

New Delhi. After the defeat against South Africa in the T20 World Cup, many weaknesses of Team India came to the fore. The Indian batsmen were seen struggling on the fast and bouncy pitch and at the same time the bowlers could not take wickets in the middle overs. Apart from this defeat, India suffered another setback in this match. Wicketkeeper and match finisher Dinesh Karthik left wicketkeeping in the middle of the match due to back pain. Rishabh Pant did the wicketkeeping in the remaining match after Karthik was injured. Nothing has been revealed yet about how serious Karthik’s injury is, but one thing is certain that if Karthik is not fit then Pant is sure to get a chance in the playing XI against Bangladesh.

Karthik’s performance in the T20 World Cup has not been good so far. His bat remained silent against Pakistan and South Africa. He scored 1 run against Pakistan and against South Africa he could score only 6 runs after playing 15 balls. At the same time, his performance behind the wicket has not been very good. This is the reason that now the talk of giving a chance to Pant in his place has started rising. One name in this is of former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag. He has raised questions on the selection of Karthik.

Should have kept Pant in playing XI: Sehwag
During the post match show on Cricbuzz, former India opener Virender Sehwag was asked if India needed to change their plans after Karthik’s injury. Sehwag said that India should have already placed Pant in the First Choice Playing XI.

‘Pant broke Australia’s pride at the Gabba’
Sehwag said, ‘It should have happened from day one. Pant has played Test cricket there, played ODIs and has done well. When has Dinesh Karthik played in Australia? This is not a Bangalore wicket. I was saying this even today that Hooda’s Jag would have fed Pant, he had the experience of playing in Australia. He has broken Australia’s pride at the Gabba.

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‘If Karthik is fit, he will play’
He further said, ‘I can only give my opinion here. The rest of the decision has to be taken by the team management, whoever they feed. The next match is also his problem, if Karthik is fit, then he will play according to the old situation. In my view, Rishabh Pant should have been there earlier also.

Tags: Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, T20 World Cup, T20 World Cup 2022, Team India, Virender Sehwag

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