After the announcement of the ODI squad, the major news that caught the headlines is the absence of Dinesh Karthik from the side. He has done nothing wrong in the recent past to be dropped from the side or else, Rishabh Pant hasn’t knocked any serious scores against England Lions to grab a spot. Meanwhile, Harsha Bhogle reacts on the debate.

With Mahendra Singh Dhoni being the obvious choice in the ODI format, there is only one slot left for the backup wicketkeeper option. For the very same slot, the players available in the kitty of Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant, who is pushing for a place in the side.

Rishabh Pant needs game time – Harsha Bhogle

Speaking of the selection, Harsha Bhogle believes that the presence of Rishabh Pant in the team is mainly because of having a look at him ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. In the meantime, he expressed that this wouldn’t be the end for Dinesh Karthik.

Harsha Bhogle, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik
Rishabh Pant (credits – Getty)

Digging into his tweet, it read ”Now that Rishabh Pant has been picked, and needs game time to be assessed for a World Cup spot, I wonder whose place he will get. Jadhav? Or Rayudu? Irrespective of that, I hope this is not a final decision on Dinesh Karthik because that will be very hard on him.”

Rohit Sharma should have been rested:

Further, he suggested that it would have been a brilliant idea if BCCI rested Rohit Sharma in T20I format and asked KL Rahul to open the innings. He feels that it would help KL Rahul to get into the zone before heading into the ODI format.

Harsha Bhogle, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik
KL Rahul (Image Courtesy: Getty)

”It might also be a good idea to rest Rohit Sharma for the T20s to get an idea of how KL Rahul looks before throwing him in during the one-dayers,” he added.

All in all, it would be interesting to see whether Dinesh Karthik was dropped from the side or not. Most probably, the performance of Rishabh Pant will decide the future of Karthik for the ICC World Cup 2019.