T20 World Cup 2022: “Need a keeper who will do MS Dhoni’s role,” Ravi Shastri rates Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant

Dinesh Karthik’s rise while playing for RCB, leaving the commentators’ seat, has changed the equations for the Indian team in the upcoming T20 world cup.


Royal Challengers Bangalore when they picked Dinesh Karthik for their season in 2022 were questioned for investing in Karthik who was leaving his commentator’s seat. Soon, Dinesh Karthik was the roaring name in the IPL 2022 for his impeccable finish. Dinesh Karthik has been in brilliant form in the TATA IPL 2022. The senior wicket-keeper batter scored 330 runs in 16 matches with a fantastic strike rate of 183.3 while playing at number 5 or 6. What pulled Karthik into an opportunity for India was his confidence and experience to finish matches and nothing better India could ask than to march their way into the world cup 2022.

Ravi Shastri, a former Cricketing legend and India coach, who triumphed in multiple away series except for bagging a world cup, is one of the most celebrated coaches for Indian cricket. His understanding of the present team is beyond understanding. Ravi Shastri while recently talking about Dinesh Karthik’s entry into the Indian team:

“This is his opportunity. If and when he gets an opportunity in these games, he has to do it with India colors on. We know he has got the experience, so this becomes extremely vital,” Shastri told Star Sports.

“You have to see from the team’s point of view, what are they looking for? Do they want a keeper who will bat at the top of the order or do they want a keeper who will be the finisher? I will go for the latter. You need a keeper who will do MS Dhoni’s role, let’s put it that way. There is already Rishabh Pant who can bat in the top four or five in T20 cricket, but you want someone who can keep and finish a game because there aren’t too many finishers now with MS (Dhoni) having quit. So, I think that’s where his chances are very very good,” he added.