Doubt Pant will get a look in: Saba Karim reflects on Karthik starting at number 6 spot


Former India wicket-keeper batter Saba Karim has weighed in on the Rishabh Pant-Dinesh Karthik debate for the number six spot. The 54-year-old doubts Pant will get a look in as Karthik seems to be the preferred option in that role.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Saba Karim doubts Rishabh Pant will get a look in as India’s finisher
  • Saba Karim says management’s decision to go with Karthik is not a bad move
  • India to face South Africa for 1st T20I at Thiruvananthapuram

Former India wicket-keeper batter Saba Karim has weighed in on the Rishabh Pant-Dinesh Karthik debate for the number six spot. The 54-year-old doubts Pant will get a look in as Karthik seems to be the preferred option in that role.

The former India player said Team India seems to have found the right combination with Karthik at number 6, and he doubts Pant will get a look in now.

“They feel that they need more of his kind of a player at number six who can do the finisher’s role in a much better manner because Rishabh Pant in that kind of particular role has not been tried before and places above that have kind of been sorted. So, I do have my doubts that Rishabh Pant will get a look in because the Indian team has kind of found the right combination,” said Karim.

The former India wicket-keeper also backed the team management’s call to go ahead with Karthik for the finisher’s role.

“Well, there is always a possibility, but I think the Indian team management have decided to go ahead with Dinesh Karthik, which is not a bad move,” Karim added.

In the recently concluded T20I series against Australia, Karthik was picked for all the three matches, while Pant was picked only for the second T20I, where he didn’t get an opportunity to bat. With Hardik Pandya being rested for the upcoming South Africa series, Pant could get his chance to make an impression.

With the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia on the horizon, Team India are gearing up to face South Africa in a three-match T20I series, followed by a three-match ODI series. India will face the Proteas in the first T20I in Thiruvananthapuram on September 28, before facing them in Guwahati on October 2 and finishing off the three-match T20I series in Indore on October 4.

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