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Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are capable enough to select themselves in the same playing XI at the upcoming T20 World Cup, says former Australian captain Ricky Ponting. In his latest ICC review, Ponting did his five face-offs before the big event and one of them was the heated debate over who should be in the playing XI? “Karthik?
“The debate in Indian cricket circles has long raged over who should be the designated wicketkeeper batter on the side. While Karthik can boast of being an excellent finisher, Pant’s prodigious talent has supported him by many,” Ponting wrote in his column.
India has played both on the same side on some occasions and Ponting believes this should be the way forward for Rohit Sharma’s team.
Ponting praised both, saying: “I actually think that the best team in India has both players. I don’t care if they are both goalkeepers, but I think their striking ability is enough.”
The Australian legend elaborated on their abilities, adding: “Rishabh in the middle order and Dinesh as the finisher, they look extremely dangerous to me.”
In the end, however, Ponting believed that Pant had an edge over Karthik and that he will probably get more chances.
“Look, I’m just going to prefer Rishabh because I think he might get a little more opportunities than Dinesh,” said Pant’s Delhi Capitals coach.
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