Sunil Gavaskar backs Dinesh Karthik for FINISHER’s role in T20 WC


T20 World Cup Squad: With India’s preparations in full swing for the T20 World Cup, India have a few positions yet to be sealed. One of them is the role of the finisher. While Hardik Pandya’s return to the fold is the biggest plus, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has backed Dinesh Karthik to play the role in Australia in the T20 WC. Follow IND vs SA Live & T20 World Cup Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

“On recent form, Dinesh Karthik absolutely should play the perfect finisher’s role in T20 World Cup. When he was there, India scored 73 runs in the last 5 overs. He is scoring and he is scoring fast. So, I absolutely think he should be on the flight to Australia,” Sunil Gavaskar said on Star Sports during IND vs SA 5th T20 match.

T20 World Cup Squad: Sunil Gavaskar backs Dinesh Karthik for FINISHER’s role in T20 WC, says ‘He absolutely should be on flight to Australia’

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India struggled without a proper finisher in the T20 World Cup 2021. Hardik who was struggling with his form and fitness did not have a productive campaign. But Dinesh Karthik’s re-emergence has given India a new option.

Karthik was recalled after a brilliant IPL 2022 campaign as he played the role of a finisher to perfection. With the preparations beginning in the India vs South Africa series, his potential was once again in full display.

T20 World Cup Squad: Sunil Gavaskar backs Dinesh Karthik for FINISHER’s role in T20 WC, says ‘He absolutely should be on flight to Australia’

Dinesh Karthik in IND vs SA Series:

  • 1st T20: 1* off 2
  • 2nd T20: 30* off 21
  • 3rd T20: 6 off 8
  • 4th T20: 55 off 27

T20 World Cup Squad: Sunil Gavaskar backs Dinesh Karthik for FINISHER's role in T20 WC, says 'He absolutely should be on flight to Australia'

T20 World Cup Squad: Sunil Gavaskar backs Dinesh Karthik for FINISHER’s role in T20 WC, says ‘He absolutely should be on flight to Australia’

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  • Karthik relished in the finisher’s role for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
  • In 16 matches, Karthik scored 330 runs in 16 matches with a staggering strike rate of 183.33 and an average of 55.00.
  • Recalled to Team India, DK has hammered 92 runs in 4 matches at a strike rate of 158.62.
  • Karthik has the best strike rate in the series.
  • He also showcased why he could be the best option after hammering 27-ball 55 in Rajkot, helping India score 73 runs in 5 overs after he came on.

T20 World Cup Squad: Sunil Gavaskar backs Dinesh Karthik for FINISHER’s role in T20 WC, says ‘He absolutely should be on flight to Australia’

However, for Dinesh Karthik to confirm his place in Team India for the T20 World Cup, he will have to prove his worth in the upcoming T20 series. After South Africa series, the first task will be Ireland and then England and West Indies. The Asia Cup in Sri Lanka will also be the benchmark for him.

If he continues to perform the way he is, Dinesh Karthik will be back in the World Cup.

T20 World Cup Squad: Sunil Gavaskar backs Dinesh Karthik for FINISHER’s role in T20 WC, says ‘He absolutely should be on flight to Australia’

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