Veteran India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik was surprisingly dropped from Team India’s playing XI for the high-voltage Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 stage clash between arch-rivals, India and Pakistan.
The Round 2 of the Asia Cup 2022 battle between Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Babar Azam-led Pakistan National Cricket Team is being played on Sunday, September 4, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In the group stage game between the teams, the Men In Blue defeated the Men In Green by 5 wickets.
Meanwhile, India National Cricket Team lost the toss in the match against Pakistan and were invited to bat first in Dubai. Team India made three big changes to the playing XI for the blockbuster encounter as Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda and Ravi Bishnoi replaced Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja and Avesh Khan in the playing XI.
Notably, Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the entire Asia Cup due to a right knee injury and Avesh Khan had a fever. However, Dinesh Karthik’s exclusion came as a surprise to many fans.
The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has been in terrific form in 2022. He performed sensationally well for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League 2022 and got his India recall.
Dinesh Karthik was given the role of a finisher in the Indian team in T20Is and so far he has done a glorious job. He was also preferred over Rishabh Pant in the group stage game against arch-rivals Pakistan National Cricket Team. However, he got the opportunity to play only one ball in that game and now he has been dropped from the team.
The reason behind Dinesh Karthik being dropped could be the absence of a left-handed batter in the Indian batting line-up.
After Ravindra Jadeja, who batted at No.4 for India in the game against Pakistan, got ruled out India had no left-handed batsman in the playing XI, which might have resulted in left-handed batsman Rishabh Pant getting preference over Karthik for the wicketkeeper-batsman’s position in the team.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To Dinesh Karthik Being Dropped From Team India For The Pakistan Clash:
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) September 4, 2022
Dinesh Karthik was picked over Pant and Hooda in first 2 games, didn't get to bat, and is now dropped in Super4, Hooda and Pant play ahead of him. Someone please explain it to me #AsiaCup2022 #INDvsPAK
— Amartya Choudhary (@AmartyaChoudha1) September 4, 2022
Once again #RohitSharma & #RahulDravid impress
From dropping Rishabh Pant first match
To playing #RaviBishnoi over Ashwin tells us that they are going for mixture of experience with some young exuberance.
Feel sad for #DineshKarthik, he must be feeling same #INDvsPAK pic.twitter.com/y2IvptqYuy
— Vidit Chauhan #Sidheart (@vidit2022) September 4, 2022
— BRIJESH GAUR (@princebrijesh44) September 4, 2022
— Rajesh.L (@RajeshLingesh) September 4, 2022
— Debasis Sen (@debasissen) September 4, 2022
Dinesh Karthik dropped without even playing… what changed in just one week that now pant is a priority over Karthik when one week ago Karthik was..#INDvsPAK2022
— Girish (@Girish_chandra0) September 4, 2022
Ravindra Jadeja gets injured, Dinesh Karthik loses his place in the XI despite no fault of his because of the lack of LHBs otherwise. Will be an interesting dynamic to see going forward too. #AsiaCup2022 #INDvPAK
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) September 4, 2022
Dinesh Karthik dropped?? Why?
Hooda when you have Axar Patel
Ravi Bishnoi, the leggie gets a game ahead of Axar Patel
Some serious selection done by Management.
— Varad Vaichal (@vaichal_varad) September 4, 2022
Dropping Dinesh Karthik without giving any opportunity and playing Pant is the kind of logic why we aren't winning big tournaments.#INDvsPAK
— Ammar Jawadwala (@SayHiToChaos) September 4, 2022
Dinesh Karthik the fraud is not playing, finally Rohit understanding the true match winners.
— Rahul Tyagi #samsonFC (@rahulastic) September 4, 2022
Why did they select Ravichandran Ashwin in the squad if he wasn't even 2nd choice spinner ? Disappointed with the selection.
Dinesh Karthik is also omitted from the 11 then why was he selected before ?#INDvsPAK | #INDvPAK | #PAKvIND | #AsiaCupT20 | #AsiaCup2022
— Paritosh Kumar (@Paritosh_2016) September 4, 2022
Seriously??? How dare to keep #DineshKarthik out of the team.
I would say it's a wrong decision. Let's see the results tonight.
Would have kept KL Rahul out of the team.@ImRo45 @sachin_rt @BCCI #INDvsPAK
— I_V_M (@Venki_Mammula) September 4, 2022
Should have removed KL Rahul and let Dinesh Karthik play#INDvsPAK
— SoN! || Ignore & Fly (@fanatic_devil16) September 4, 2022
So India finally make a sane decision to drop Dinesh Karthik from the XI it was a blunder to drop Pant in last game against Pak. Also going with Hooda has make their batting more stronger and he can bowl 1 or 2 overs so a very good call.https://t.co/nlXNJngrjq https://t.co/QPA9rdaPha
— Abdul Wasay (@andy_abdulwasay) September 4, 2022
Pant ia back to cover left hander in the middle…
Tough call on Dinesh Karthik
— Deva (@way2sdeva) September 4, 2022
— Rudra Mishra (@iamrudra21) September 4, 2022
— Bee.Positive (@BhavikK11) September 4, 2022
— વિજય જે.ભટ્ટ (@JVijayBhatt) September 4, 2022
— Staines E Paul (@stainesepaul) September 4, 2022
Dinesh Karthik is a very good batsman vs pace bowling. Would not have dropped him against a team with quality pace bowling. #INDvPAK
— Ronak Vora (@ronak_hv) September 4, 2022
#INDvsPAK fuck off why are you dropping dinesh karthik from playing lX .He only playing just 2 balls in 2 innings .didnot give him to proper order to playing ,what the fuck off decision by india.#dineshkarthik
— Vignesh (@Vignesh71834441) September 4, 2022
Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan and R Ashwin not in the playing 11. Deepak Hooda and Ravi Bishnoi in for the injured Ravindra Jadeja and sick Avesh Khan. 2 leg-spinners in Indian 11 today #INDvPAK #AsiaCup2022
— G Krishnan (@gikkukrishnan) September 4, 2022
— PUNITA SHARMA (@sharma_putin) September 4, 2022
— chiru (@Chiru____C) September 4, 2022
Pretty harsh on Dinesh Karthik but with Ravindra Jadeja missing out and no Axar Patel in the XI, India had to go with Rishabh Pant as the left-handed batter in the middle overs. Also, love Ravi Bishnoi's inclusion. #INDvPAK #AsiaCup2022
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) September 4, 2022
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