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A former Indian spinner has said that starting Dinesh Karthik against Pakistan instead of Rishabh Pant was the “right decision.”

Harbhajan Singh, who played spin for India in the past, believes that selecting Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant was the “correct option.”

On Sunday, Team India, led by Rohit Sharma, recorded a victory over Pakistan by the score of five wickets, giving them a victorious start to their 2022 Asia Cup campaign. The captain, Rohit, however, made the announcement that Dinesh Karthik would be playing instead of Rishabh Pant in the position of wicketkeeper-batter during the toss, which caused the most buzz in the media. Commentators Gautam Gambhir and Wasim Akram, who were analysing the match between India and Pakistan, found that this judgement did not make any sense.

Nevertheless, Harbhajan Singh, who played spin for India in the past, believes that this was the “correct option” since Dinesh Karthik should be on the field.

“Rishabh Pant has, without a shadow of a doubt, been tremendously successful in both one-day and test cricket. He has been extremely good. However, in this most condensed format, he has not proven to be an accomplished player. However, if you check out Dinesh Karthik’s graph, you’ll see that it’s only heading in the right direction. He has given a strong performance.

This is the choice that should be made. In this configuration and state, reserving a spot on the bench for him is a waste of time. Dinesh Karthik’s turn to bat has come around, and he needs to play “Harbhajan informed Aaj Tak.

Dinesh Karthik finished the game with three catches behind the stumps, and he only played one ball with the bat. During that one ball, he took a crucial single to bring Hardik Pandya on strike in the final over. The all-rounder then hit a six on the fourth ball to seal the contest for India. Dinesh Karthik took three catches behind the stumps during the game.

“Rishabh Pant is still quite young, therefore there is a lot of time remaining for him. Dinesh Karthik, however, has just one to two years remaining in his career, and he should capitalise on this opportunity while he still has it. Additionally, the team should capitalise on Karthik’s current form.

Batting down the order gives him a lot of opportunities to win matches. I believe that most of the opposing bowlers are going to have a difficult time with Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik batting at the bottom of the order “he added.

Dinesh Karthik was able to make his way back into the lineup earlier this year after having a string of successful outings for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After that, he played several vital knocks coming down the order, which ultimately led to India crossing the finish line. However, Pant has not been able to deliver consistent performances in the shortest format.

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