T20 World Cup 2022 | Would try every way to have Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in playing XI, says Ricky Ponting

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T20 World Cup 2022 | Would try every way to have Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in playing XI, says Ricky Ponting

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07/21/2022

Ricky Ponting has given his verdict about the idea of both Rishabh Pant's and Dinesh Karthik's inclusions in India's lineup for the next T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. Ponting feels India should play with both Pant and Karthik and rather drop Ishan Kishan from the team sheet.

There has been a lot of debate around what India's playing XI looks like in the next T20 World Cup, scheduled for later this year in Australia. One of the top-priority discussions is about how their batting unit stacks up as there have been quite a few who are in impressive form in the shortest format. Thus, to keep the balance right, Rohit Sharma and the Indian team management must make a few bold decisions.

About the selection debate between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, Ricky Ponting came up with his thoughts in the latest episode of The ICC Review on Wednesday. The former Australia skipper remarked if he was in charge of the Men in Blue, he would play with both wicket-keeper batters, and omit Ishan Kishan from the lineup instead.

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“We have seen what Rishabh is capable of in 50-over cricket and I know absolutely what he is capable of in the T20 game. Dinesh Karthik has had his best IPL ever just very recently… and I would be trying to find every way to have both of those guys in my team," Ponting said in the ICC Review's latest episode.

“Rishabh to bat, in that three-four-five range, and have Dinesh and maybe Hardik Pandya… if you have those guys finishing for you, well that batting line-up looks very, very dangerous. Obviously, that means someone like (Ishan) Kishan or Surya (Suryakumar Yadav) or (Shreyas) Iyer, someone like that, might miss out and I don’t think Surya will miss out given his current form. But when you have so much talent, picking an Indian team is always going to be difficult and Pant and Karthik would be the two I would pick ahead of Kishan right now."

India's next T20 assignment will be in West Indies for a five-match series, starting on August 1.

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