T20 World Cup: Dinesh Karthik has made a successful return to Team India through the recently held T20 series against South Africa. Looking at the performance of IPL, Dinesh Karthik got the role of finisher in this series, which he played well. It is believed that for the T20 World Cup to be held this year, Dinesh Karthik’s place in Team India is fixed. But this performance of Karthik has increased the difficulty for Rishabh Pant.
Rishabh Pant was appointed the captain of Team India for the series against South Africa. Rishabh Pant not only lost the first two matches of the series but his bat also failed. For this reason, Rishabh Pant’s place in Team India has come under the scanner.
However, Rishabh Pant is the number one wicket-keeper batsman in Team India in the Test format. But in the T20 format, the challenge of retaining a place in the team has become tough for him. It has become clear from the series against South Africa that Team India will keep Hardik Pandya at number five in the World Cup, while Dinesh Karthik will be seen batting at number 6.
That’s why Pant’s difficulty increased
Rishabh Pant bats at No. Captain Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are in the top order of India. So there is no chance of a change in the top order. But at number four, Rishabh Pant is facing a challenge from batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer.
Till now, Rishabh Pant was getting the advantage of playing the role of wicketkeeper in addition to number four. But the way Karthik is confirming his place as a finisher, he is also giving the option of wicketkeeping to Team India. Therefore, it is not easy for Rishabh Pant to retain his place at number four.
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