I’ve Nothing Against Dawid Malan, But I Think Ben Stokes Should Bat At No. 3: Dinesh Karthik
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I’ve Nothing Against Dawid Malan, But I Think Ben Stokes Should Bat At No. 3: Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik, an Indian keeper-batsman who is a part of the commentary panel on Sky Sports, has suggested a couple of changes in England’s batting order ahead of the 5th T20I which will be the series decider. India won the 4th T20I by 8 runs to level the series 2-2 ahead of the final fixture.

According to Dinesh Karthik, top-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan could be dropped for the series decider and England could promote all-rounder Ben Stokes at No.3.

Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan is the No.1-ranked batsman in the ICC T20I rankings.© AFP

Dinesh Karthik: Eoin Morgan May Stick To The Same XI But Must Promote Ben Stokes Up The Batting Order

While Dawid Malan could bat at No.6, Dinesh Karthik suggested that he would rather have wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings at that position. Dawid Malan is the No. 1 T20I batsman averaging 49.21 in 33 T20Is amassing 935 runs. His strike rate of 144.07 is creditable but he hasn’t fired in this T20I series so far, managing only 80 runs in 4 T20Is averaging 26.67 and a strike rate of 103.9.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

“If I know Morgan, he’ll stick to the same XI and make sure he gives them confidence. But, for me, I have nothing against Malan – I think he’s a good player – but I think Stokes should bat at No 3, with the intent he showed, the way he was taking on the bowlers,” Dinesh Karthik said on Sky Sports.

“If it was Roy, Buttler, Stokes, with Bairstow at No 4 and Morgan No 5, that’s the way I’d look at it. That looks pretty solid to me,” Dinesh Karthik added about England’s middle-order.

Sam Billings has featured in 30 T20Is scoring 391 runs averaging 17. Sam Billings, who opted out of IPL 2020 set his base price at INR 2 crores. He was sold to Delhi Capitals for his base price.

Sam Billings was part of Chennai Super Kings’ 2018 title-winning campaign and played ten matches in that edition for them. The Englishman is not only an explosive striker of the ball but can also keep wickets. The 29-year old has featured in 22 IPL matches, amassing 334 runs at 17.58 with three fifties with a strike rate of 133.60.

Nasser Hussain: England’s 3 Left-Handers Coming One After Another Gives Momentum To India

On the other hand, former England captain Nasser Hussain has weighed in on England’s middle-order problem with three left-handed batsmen coming in one after the other. He believes that is the root cause of England’s middle-order woes. The 3 left-handers are Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, and Eoin Morgan, and if Sam Curran plays.

“That middle-order needs looking at. Three left-handers going in one after the other, up against a bowler [Thakur], who finds bowling off-cutters to left-handers very easy. [Dawid] Malan at the top, using up deliveries, left the left-handers in the middle order with a lot to do against a good death bowler,” Nasser said after the game.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
“When the two right-handed lower-order batsmen, [Jofra] Archer and [Chris] Jordan got in, Thakur couldn’t go to his off-cutter, he had to try something different and that threw him a little bit. England’s three left-handers, coming in one after the other, just gave the momentum to India, “ he added.
Jason Roy (144 runs averaging 36), Jos Buttler (120 runs averaging 40), Jonny Bairstow(111 runs averaging 55.5) have been successful while the likes of Dawid Malan(80 runs averaging 26.67) and Eoin Morgan (32 runs averaging 16) have failed with the bat.
Jofra Archer who has picked 7 scalps is the leading wicket-taker averaging 16 while Mark Wood is 2nd in the list of maximum wicket takers with 5 scalps averaging 15.2. Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, and Sam Curran haven’t been successful that much.