Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik
Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik. (Photo: Twitter)

Last Update on: September 6th, 2022 at 05:46 pm

Former India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman and selector, Kiran More, feels that dropping veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik from the playing XI for the high-profile Asia Cup 2022 clash against Pakistan National Cricket Team was not a fair decision.

Dinesh Karthik was surprisingly dropped from Team India’s playing XI for the clash against Pakistan on Sunday, September 4, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The 37-year-old was preferred over Rishabh Pant in the group stage game against Pakistan, where he got the opportunity to play just one ball.

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The decision to drop Karthik might have been made to fit in a left-handed batter like Rishabh Pant in the middle order in the absence of Ravindra Jadeja, who has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022.

Dinesh Karthik (Image Credits: Twitter)
Dinesh Karthik (Image Credits: Twitter)

Speaking to Sportskeeda, More said that the young wicketkeeper-batsman Pant should have backed his strengths and batted more responsibly. He said:

“DK is definitely an experienced player and has proved himself as a finisher. In the last game, Dravid went with a left-right combination and that’s where I felt Rishabh should have done better. 

“He should have backed his strengths rather than trying a reverse sweep. So it’s not fair on DK at all. But having said that, India will need at least a left-hander in the middle-order against Sri Lanka.”

I feel the way Rahul Dravid thinks, he is keeping Shami fresh for the T20 World Cup – Kiran More

IND vs PAK: Rishabh Pant Should Have Done Better – Kiran More Feels Dropping Dinesh Karthik Was Not A Fair Decision
Source: Twitter

More further opined that the veteran pacer Mohammed Shami, who has not played T20I for India since the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, is just being kept fresh for the ICC Men’s T20 World 2022 and he will be part of India’s T20 World Cup squad. He said:

“I feel the way Rahul (Dravid) thinks, he is keeping Shami fresh for the T20 World Cup. Once Bumrah and Shami come back, then you have Harshal and also Arshdeep Singh who was fantastic under pressure against Pakistan. Yes, he did drop a sitter, but you can’t blame him for the whole match.”

Kiran More Asia Cup 2022
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