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Ind vs Pak – Asia Cup 2022



Cheteshwar Pujara referred to as the duty of selecting one among Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant within the India XI for the Asia Cup sport in opposition to Pakistan a “large headache”. However, except each are fielded, one has to overlook out, and Pujara picked Pant over Karthik for a spot within the group.

“Firstly, it is a large headache for the group administration as each [Pant and Karthik] are doing very well within the T20 format,” Pujara mentioned on ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time Out programme forward of the India vs Pakistan sport in Dubai. “The powerful name is whether or not you need somebody to bat at No. 5 otherwise you need a finisher who can bat at No. 6 or 7.

“So, I’d say, in order for you somebody at No. 5, Rishabh Pant is a better option. However in order for you your batting line-up to have an excellent finisher who’s prone to play ten or 20 balls and offer you 40-50 runs, I feel DK [Karthik] is the higher choice.”

These names, nonetheless, do not embrace a left-hander, another excuse Pant would possibly pip Karthik to the submit, Pujara reasoned. “Personally, realizing the group administration (and) realizing how issues work across the Indian group, I’d suppose they may go along with Rishabh Pant as a result of he’s a left-hander and that offers the group a little bit of steadiness with a left-and-right mixture.

However how about each figuring within the enjoying XI? Presumably on the expense of a top-order batter? If the highest three of Rohit, Rahul and Kohli is mounted, may Suryakumar make method?

“Suryakumar is one among our prime T20 gamers, so I’d positively need him within the aspect as a result of he can win you video games… he’s somebody who has finished very well for Mumbai Indians [in the IPL],” Pujara mentioned. “Each time I’ve seen him at No. 4, he has finished exceptionally properly.

“So I do not suppose the group administration will depart him out. If Rishabh and Karthik each should play, then I feel you need to drop one of many top-order [batters], which is not possible. So I do not suppose each could make the XI.”

Karthik has been India’s finisher of selection in T20Is this 12 months. He boasts of a strike charge of 171.60 within the demise overs in 2022 and has the flexibility to fabricate pictures quickly after getting in. If he’s dropped, who does that job?

“I would like Hardik to try this position,” Pujara mentioned. “He’s somebody who can strike from ball one, and his strike charge is at all times above 150. I do not suppose Rishabh can try this job as a result of he wants a bit of extra time. And if he [Pant] is available in to bat, it must be someplace round ten or 12 overs. And if he will get eight-ten overs, he can rating a 50 or a bit greater than that.”

The India vs Pakistan sport might be performed in Dubai, the place Pakistan beat India by ten wickets on the T20 World Cup final 12 months – it was Pakistan’s first win over India in any World Cup, ODI or T20I.



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