IPL 2022: Harbhajan Singh selected his first pick for India’s T20 World Cup squad.© AFP
With the T20 World Cup slated for this year, fans and pundits alike will be left wondering who will be included in Rohit Sharma’s roster for the showpiece. At last year’s T20 World Cup and also the 2019 ODI World Cup, India lacked a finisher and the selectors will once again be tasked with choosing the best option. Since India’s exit from the 2019 ODI World Cup, Rishabh Pant has slowly cemented his position as Team India’s finisher and is expected to reprise the role in Australia, but former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh believes that there is one more cricketer who can perform better in the role than Pant in the upcoming tournament. Speaking to Sportskeeda, Harbhajan said he would put Karthik “first of all”.
“When we look at his form and what he’s doing for RCB, he’s been incredible with the bat. He’s always been a good wicket-keeper. Karthik was an incredible keeper from day 1. He’s now taken on the finisher role with the bat. Last year he was quite off-color for Kolkata Knight Riders. He didn’t score too many points,” said Harbhajan.
“He was fired in a crisis situation but he is now helping Bangalore to win from that position. He is winning matches for you…I will put him in front of everyone including Rishabh Pant. He should be your first choice to come to Australia to go.”
“Fast bowlers will have extra bounce under those conditions. But Karthik is playing 360-degree game right now. He is unstoppable and should definitely be included in the Indian roster for the T20 World Cup. If a player does well, he should He will be taken back to the side and DK has not performed too badly in international cricket. He needs to get consistent chances with the Indian team. He will score a lot of points for India,” he added.
During the ongoing IPL 2022 season, Karthik was at his best as a finisher for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), taking strokes of 32, 14, 44, 7, 34, 13 and 66 with a stroke rate of 205.88. He also went unbeaten in six of his seven innings.
RCB is currently second in the IPL 2022 Points Table with 10 points from seven games, including five wins and two defeats.
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