Ex-Indian cricketer explains why he ‘would not pick’ Dinesh Karthik in the team


T20 World Cup that is set to take place in Australia, is just a couple of months away. Team India are eyeing to determine the best combinations of players and there have been some talks about Dinesh Karthik, who has been stupendous with his batting recently.  It is needless to say that Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and Head Coach Rahul Dravid have a huge responsibility. Many veterans and experts have had their opinions regarding the Indian squad for the coveted tournament and recently former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja opened up on Dinesh Karthik.

Questions raised against Dinesh Karthik

Speaking to Fan Code before the start of the fifth and final T20I match between India and West Indies in Florida on Sunday, Ajay Jadeja noted how the Men in Blue have changed their approach in batting in T20I cricket.

From a conservative approach, India, under Rohit Sharma, have adopted an aggressive brand of cricket. He highlighted India’s new batting strategy and opined that if they maintain it then former India captain Kohli might be dropped from the side. However, he explained that if India go the MS Dhoni way, the selectors will keep Kohli and will then have to pick Dinesh Karthik in the XI as well.

“Now if you want to play the way I have heard them…aggressive then you have to pick differently. If Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma walks in, you need Dinesh Karthik at all cost. He is your insurance. But if you don’t have either of them then Dinesh Karthik has no work here. But yes I would not put Karthik there, he can have a seat beside me. He is very good as a commentator. But there, in the team, I would not pick him.

He added: “Now the decision is whether you want to play Ravindra or Axar. If it’s Dhoni style, then add Kohli, Rohit and Karthik. But in modern-day cricket, you have to leave out Karthik. Maybe even Kohli depends on whether he is in form or not.”

Recently, BCCI announced the 15-member squad of Team India for the Asia Cup 2022 and Dinesh Karthik made the cut. Do you agree with Ajay Jadeja regarding his verdict on Karthik? Let us know in the comments below.