India September 23(IM): Wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik have both been named in Indias T20 World Cup squad, but it needs to seen whether there is room for both to feature in the playing XI. In the first T20I against Australia, the team management opted to go for Dinesh Karthik ahead of Pant. However, the move to not send Karthik after the fall of the fourth wicket in the 14th over, was criticised. Former Australia wicketkeeperbatter Adam Gilchrist has said that in his team both Pant and Karthik will feature.
He also termed Pant as must in the Indian lineup.
The dare of Rishabh Pant and the courage for him, the way in which he takes on bowling attacks. I think hes got to be a must in that Indian lineup. They can play together, but I think Rishabh Pant has definitely got to be in there, the official website of ICC quoted Fox commentator Gilchrist as saying.
Itll be interesting to see if they can both play in the same team. I think they can. What they bring to a team, the versatility of Dinesh Karthik, he can play at the top of the order, he can, as he has done more so later in his career, be in the middle and late overs to finish. He has a really nice touch game, he stated further.
Pant has registered 934 runs in 58 T20Is at an average of 23.94 and a strikerate of 126.21. However, the lefthanded batter hasnt quite had the success expected of him in the shortest format.
Karthik earned a callup into the Indian side earlier this year on the back of some strong performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore RCB in the Indian Premier League IPL.