Kiran More, a former wicketkeeper-batsman and selector of the Indian National Cricket Team, believes that dropping Dinesh Karthik from Team India’s playing XI for the Asia Cup 2022 clash with Pakistan is unfair. For the match against Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, September 4, Dinesh Karthik was surprisingly dropped from Team India’s playing XI.
In the group stage match against Pakistan, the 37-year-old was chosen ahead of Rishabh Pant and only got to play one ball.
Because Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022, the decision to drop Karthik may have been taken to make room for a left-handed batsman like Rishabh Pant in the middle order.
According to More, who spoke with Sportskeeda, the young wicketkeeper-batsman Pant could have played to his skills 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.”
Kiran More also spoke about Shami
Mohammed Shami, a seasoned bowler who hasn’t played in a T20 International match for India since the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, is merely being kept fresh for the ICC Men’s T20 World 2022, according to More, who also believes that Shami would be a member of India’s T20 World Cup team. He asserted that by keeping Shami fresh for the T20 World Cup, he feels the same way Rahul (Dravid) does.
When Bumrah and Shami return, you’ll also have Harshal and Arshdeep Singh, who performed admirably against Pakistan when under pressure. Yes, he missed a sitter, but you can’t hold him responsible for the entire game.