The first ODI in Sydney was convincingly won by Australians. The outsmarted Indians in all sections of the game to draw the first blood of the series. Meanwhile, the former England cricketer Michael Vaughan asks Indian board to pick Rishabh Pant at any cost in the Indian National Cricket Team for the 50-over games.
Vaughan believes that Rishabh Pant can deliver the goods in the middle order. If not as a wicketkeeper, Vaughan asked Rishabh Pant to be embedded in the side, as a pure batsman. Currently, the two wicketkeeper slots were filled with Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni.
Digging into his tweet, it read ”Without question
@RishabPant777 has to be in this Indian ODI team .. !! #AUSvIND .. Even if he plays just as a Batsman.”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 12, 2019
Rishabh Pant was in brilliant form in the recently concluded Test series. He was the second leading run-scorer in the series, after Cheteshwar Pujara. However, he was asked to return home and assigned to work on finishing games..
MS Dhoni knocks second slowest fifty, Dinesh Karthik failed:
Meanwhile, in the first ODI, both wicketkeepers got the brilliant chance to guide India to victory and stop the debates over them. However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni returned with a second slowest fifty of his career while Dinesh Karthik never got going.
However, one can’t point out the second slowest fifty, as the situation of the game demanded such a type of knock from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He walked into the middle when the scoreboard read 4/3 and then, he added 137-run partnership with Rohit Sharma for the fourth wicket.
But, Dinesh Karthik looked pretty poor in the middle. He struggled to get going and even failed to rotate strike to Rohit Sharma, who was batting brilliantly at the other end.
All in all, it would be interesting to see how things would pan among the three wicketkeepers. Most probably, Dinesh Karthik will be on the thin ice if not performed in the next couple of games against Australia.