In the game against South Africa on Sunday, India’s wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik suffered an injury and had to leave the pitch in the middle of the game. In the later innings of the Proteas team innings, the responsibility of holding the wicket had to be taken by Rishabh Pant, who is unable to make it to the regular playing eleven. It is believed that Karthik could be ruled out of India’s next game due to injury. For this reason, former India fly-half Krishnamachari Srikkanth thinks now might be the right time to include Pant in the playing XI for the T20 World Cup.
After the game against South Africa, Indian pacemaker Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave an update on Dinesh Karthik’s injury. He confirmed that Dinesh Karthik is worried about his back injury and is taking care of it. Karthik is unlikely to be fit for Wednesday’s game against Bangladesh in Sydney.
In such a situation, if Karthik is absent, then there may be a chance for Rishabh Pant. Pant didn’t stand a chance because of Karthik. The young wicketkeeper’s performance with the bat has been average in the shorter formats, but now he might have a great chance.
Pants alone can win you matches – Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Speaking to Star Sports, Srikkanth said Pant should have the freedom to play big innings from the start and if he has a chance in the T20 World Cup then India shouldn’t pressure him hoping coherence. They said,
I think so, Rishabh Pant is a potential match winner. Pant is such a player, don’t expect consistency from him. Even in 10 rounds, if he goes there in 3 rounds, then only can you win 3 games.