IND vs SA: Ex-captain Sunil Gavaskar clashed with Gautam Gambhir over Dinesh Karthik, know the whole deal

Sports Bureau, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Rohit Raj
Updated Sat, Jun 18, 2022 12:47 PM IST

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Karthik played a stormy 55-run 27-ball inning against South Africa in the fourth T20. He hit nine fours and two sixes in his innings. Meanwhile, his strike rate was 203.70.

Sunil Gavaskar, Dinesh Karthik and Gautam Gambhir

Sunil Gavaskar, Dinesh Karthik and Gautam Gambhir
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Former India fly-half Gautam Gambhir, seeing Dinesh Karthik’s performance in three matches, says he shouldn’t be kept in the squad for the T20 World Cup. Gambhir had said: “If there is no place for Karthik in the playing XI (for the T20 World Cup), then there is no point in keeping him in the squad.” On this former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar disagrees.

Gavaskar said Karthik could be the man the Indian team is looking for. He didn’t name Gambhir, but the target was on that side. Gavaskar told the broadcaster after the show’s game: “I know people are talking about how can you include him in the team when he’s not playing? How can you say he won’t be able to play? You select a player based on their form, not reputation and name.

Karthik played a stormy 55-run 27-ball inning against South Africa in the fourth T20. He hit nine fours and two sixes in his innings. Meanwhile, his strike rate was 203.70. Karthik has been playing T20 for 16 years. In those 16 years he played 36 T20s, but that was Karthik’s first half century. Previously, Karthik’s highest individual tally was 31 points, which he scored in 2006. It was also India’s first T20 game.

India beat South Africa by 82 points in the fourth T20I of the five-game series. Batting first, India scored 169 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. In response, South Africa could only manage 87 runs from 16.5 overs for the loss of nine wickets.

Gavaskar said no one should see Kartik’s age. They should see how Karthik scores runs at the best strike rate in tough conditions. “Karthik doesn’t have a lot of chances in the lower order. They have a chance to hit in the sixth or seventh order. You can’t expect him to always score 50 points. If Karthik makes 40 balls on 20 then his job will be done. For these reasons Karthik deserves a place in the team. He wants to play for India. Next year is the ODI World Cup. I think he would like to be available for that too. You don’t have to see his age, but his performance.

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