India coach Rahul Dravid (right) with Rishabh Pant© BCCI
Dinesh Karthik as an “enforcer” opens up many options for the T20 World Cup, says India head coach Rahul Dravid, who wants to identify a core group of 18-20 players by the end of the England series. For Dravid, to be part of the World T20 lineup, just knocking on the door won’t be enough. Anyone who wants to stake a claim in that squad of 15 has to “shoot it.” “It was really nice to see Karthik leave and do what he was chosen to do. That was good and it opens up a lot more options for us in the future,” said Dravid after the five-game streak against South Africa ended. to a 2-2 draw.
The last game was canceled due to rain.
“He was picked for what he did exceptionally well over the past two or three years (in IPL) and indicated that it almost converged in the game in Rajkot,” said Dravid of the Tamil Nadu dasher’s 27. -ball-55 which was crucial in India to restore parity in the series.
For Dravid, Karthik and Hardik Pandya are the two ‘enforcers’ in the death-overs.
“We needed that great performance in the last five overs to make a par score and he and Hardik hit beautifully. Both are enforcers for us at the end,” explained Dravid what role team management has in mind for Karthik .
The coach did not hesitate to admit that Karthik has made a good case for himself to enter the T20 World Cup.
“I told guys you have to start banging the door and not just knocking the door down and innings like that (Rajkot fifty) means he knocks really hard,” said Dravid.
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