The Pakistan cricket team’s poor results in the 2022 T20 World Cup have sparked a plethora of reactions from their cricket association. Several former Pakistani cricketers have attacked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), their selection committee, as well as Babar Azam’s captain’s armband over poor results in Australia. Former Pakistani pacesetter Wahab Riaz cited the example of Indian Rishabh Pant and pointed out how Indian team management sets fixed roles for its players, unlike their Pakistani counterparts who seem not to have adopted such a mindset.
Pant is widely regarded as one of the most talented wicketkeeper batters in the game right now. But he has failed to showcase his talent in limited overs cricket. Dinesh Karthik, on the other hand, has worked wonders as a ‘pure finisher’ for the past year. That is why the Indian team management has preferred him to Pant for the role of the finisher in the team.
“Rishabh Pant is India’s best wicketkeeper batter since MS Dhoni. In fact, he has hundreds in England and Australia. If he were on the Pakistani team, would he be out in a World Cup match? No chance. India kept him out for Dinesh Karthik They know that Pant is a good player who will score a lot of points but he can’t be a finisher At that specific number they need a finisher Pant might hit a couple of sixes but if he doesn’t finish the game India will lose. That’s the way to go), ”said Riaz in a chat on News 24HD.
“I agree with you. The example of Rishabh Pant – DK that he gave is absolutely perfect. When Ravindra Jadeja was banned from the T20 World Cup they brought in Axar Patel and not another bowler. India believed in match-making ups,” said Mohammad Amir, who was also one of the guests on the show.
In the two matches that India has played in the T20 World Cup, Karthik has been preferred over Pant for the wicket-keeper role. Against South Africa on Sunday, India is also not expected to change the team combination.
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