In light of Dinesh Karthik‘s current form and Rishabh Pant’s lack thereof, former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn believes that Dinesh Karthik should be selected for the Twenty20 World Cup 2022 in Australia rather than Rishabh Pant. The 37-year-old player, who just returned to the international setup after an absence of three years due to his outstanding achievements in the Indian Premier League, has been in outstanding form. He notched his first fifty in Twenty20 Internationals in the fourth Twenty20 International after making his debut in the format 16 years earlier.
There are now several people competing for the wicketkeeper position for India, therefore it is going to be difficult to choose only two of them to go on the trip to Australia. Ishan Kishan has been in outstanding form at the top of the order, and he may be included in the team as the third opener. However, the finisher position is likely to go to either Pant or Karthik. Pant has had a difficult time getting going during the first four games, and his dismal returns have now sparked worries about his performance.
You would anticipate that skilled players will improve as a result of their failures: Dale Steyn
Steyn commented on the inconsistency that Pant has shown in recent times and highlighted that he continues to make the same kinds of blunders. Given that Karthik has been in such red-hot form as of late, he believes that he should be selected for the Twenty20 World Cup instead of Pant. He went on to say that it would be tough to overlook Karthik’s form, and he anticipates that the seasoned player will be one of the first names on the T20 World Cup 2022 roster.
“Throughout the course of this series, Pant has been given four chances, yet he continues to make the same errors. One would anticipate that skilled players will improve as a result of their failures. He has not done so, and DK has consistently shown what a player he is by coming out on top every time. If you want to be successful at the World Cup, you need to choose a player who is in good form. You select that person if he’s in a purple patch or if he’s in red-hot form,” Steyn said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.
“There are certain individuals whom teams will choose based on reputation. But DK is in such amazing form right now, and if he maintains this form, he is going to be one of the first names put down on that aircraft when India tours for the World Cup later on in this year,” he continued.