The first match of the T20 World Cup between India and Pakistan is to be held on 23 October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. The playing XI of the Indian team has also been prepared for this very exciting match. However, Dinesh Karthik is likely to get a place in the team in the match against Pakistan. The logic behind this is that Dinesh Karthik is the more experienced wicketkeeper.
Captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid Dinesh Karthik can prove to be important players in the great match against Pakistan. He can also play the role of a great finisher for the team. According to sources, the inclusion of Dinesh Karthik in the match against Pakistan is almost certain. Recently, Rishabh Pant has not been seen in the two warm-up matches played against Western Australia.
Rishabh Pant scored 9-9 runs in these matches, after which he was not given a place in the warm-up match. Dinesh Karthik got a chance against Australia. The Indian team had a warm-up match against New Zealand, which was washed out due to rain. Even in this match, Pant did not get a chance to prove himself. Dinesh Karthik also could not perform well in this match. On the other hand Dinesh Karthik scored 19 and 10 runs in two matches against Western Australia. He scored 20 runs against Australia.
Dinesh Karthik’s performance has been like this this year
Dinesh Karthik has played 19 innings in T20 format in this year 2022. During this he has played 181 balls. He has scored 273 runs in these matches. Dinesh Karthik has also performed well as a finisher during this period and has proved himself useful for the team. He has scored runs at a strike rate of over 150. On the other hand, this year Rishabh Pant has scored 338 runs in 17 innings. Pant has scored runs at a strike rate of over 136.
This could be the playing XI against Pakistan
Rohit Sharma (capt), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin/Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami/Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Team will come to give Diwali gifts
After breaking the record of never losing against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup last time, the Indian cricket team will look to give a Diwali gift to the country by defeating arch-rivals in their first Super 12 stage match of the T20 World Cup on Sunday. There is a possibility of rain falling on this match, but according to the weather experts here, the possibility of cancellation of the entire match is less.