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

The scenario with Dinesh Karthik is just growing more dramatic and intriguing with each game that goes by. While it is obvious that the team management has moulded Karthik to be India’s finisher for the T20 World Cup, at times, the manner it has treated him regarding his position in the playing XI has been quite perplexing.

For instance, Axar Patel was forced to bat first during the first T20I between India and Australia in Mohali while Karthik was held back. 

As Axar struggled to get going, Dinesh Karthik’s momentum was also lost as he died after scoring six runs off of five balls. Former cricket players questioned the decision to elevate Axar ahead of Karthik and keep him for the final few overs, which drew a lot of criticism.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik PC- BCCI

Matthew Hayden Questions Dinesh Karthik’s Role In Indian Team

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden is one among the many who has questioned the change. He was pretty surprised and questioned Karthik’s place in the squad. 

“I was just thinking about the role of Dinesh. This role Dinesh is playing now, for the life of me, I can’t work out why he wouldn’t be in their batting now.

It doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever. See. I don’t want to give the impression that I’m disrespecting Dinesh Karthik but he should be batting more – it’s actually the opposite,” Hayden said on air. 

dinesh karthik. Photo- BCCI
Dinesh Karthik. Photo- BCCI

Axar crushed a straight drive off Cameron Green just after Hayden made the remark on live television. It wasn’t enough to convince Hayden to alter his mind, though. The legendary Australian batsman maintained his stance and stated that, despite Axar’s recent stellar performance with the bat, Karthik should have more playing time. 

“I think he is such a good player that he can come in and play this exact same shot. I question the role that he is playing as a finisher. I think there is a role for him to come up the order,” he added. 

Ajit Agarkar Finding It Strange What Is Happening With Regards To Dinesh Karthik

Ajit Agarkar agreed with Hayden’s thoughts. The former India fast bowler emphasised how crucial it is for India to use and make the most of Karthik, particularly in light of the fact that they have made it apparent that they support the seasoned wicketkeeper more than Rishabh Pant. 

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. (Photo: Twitter)

“I find it very strange with regards to Dinesh Karthik. He is a good enough batter to walk in now. Doesn’t have to after the 16th over. And as improved as Axar Patel is, you have the expectation from Karthik to manage this sort of situation.

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At least you hope he does, considering he is playing ahead of Rishabh Pant as well in this XI. It happened in the South Africa series and again today, Axar is batting ahead of him,” said Agarkar. 

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