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Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has made a shocking claim regarding the wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who has missed out on to make it to the Men in the Blue squad, for five-match One-day International (ODI) home series against Australia.
Manjrekar feels Karthik’s 50-over career is almost ‘over’. The recent statement from Manjrekar might not sit well with Karthik’s fans, but he feels Karthik is seen as the Twenty20 batsman, now.
“His fans will feel sorry because with the opportunity he has got, he has done as well as he could but I feel with this selection or non-selection of Karthik, India have told everyone that we look at Karthik as a T20 batsman and his 50-over future is over as far as we are concerned,” Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo.
On Friday (February 15), Karthik has made it to the T20I squad. The two-match T20 series will kick off on February 24 in Visakhapatnam. On the other side, the five-match ODI series will kick off on March 2 and will run until March 13.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) selectors have backed reliable Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the T20 fold alongside Rishabh Pant. However, Karthik has further earned the call-up by his finishing abilities, of late.
Karthik as a finisher?
Manjrekar maintained Ambati Rayudu had played a significant role in the fifth ODI against New Zealand. India was reeling at 18 for four when Rayudu has taken the Men in Blue out of the precarious situation. He scored 9o in Wellington.
“Ambati Rayudu by playing that innings in New Zealand when he put India on the track of recovery and got the team to get a big score. Dinesh Karthik hasn’t played that kind of an innings. He has mostly played the role of a finisher,” Manjrekar stated.
On his recent series Down Under, Karthik had a decent outing in the limited-overs fold. In the T20I series decider, Karthik smashed unbeaten 33 off 16 balls following an imperative role in two wins.
“He has done well in the opportunities he has got. But he has been around for a long time and the selectors are thinking just like me – World Cup, big stage, big match, 50-overs cricket, Dinesh Karthik,” Manjrekar added.
Furthermore, the 53-year-old cricketer-turned commentator believes Karthik hasn’t done anything on those sorts.
“So this is where the numbers are disregarded by the selectors. The captain, the management and they are thinking temperamentally so far what we have seen of Karthik, is he someone who will excite us a 50-overs cricket at World Cup and they have said no and I don’t grudge them for that,” Manjrekar concluded.
Realistically, Karthik did well to feature in the shortest version of the game. Since 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales, Karthik amassed 425 runs in 20 matches for the Men in Blue.