Dinesh Karthik is a seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman. He thinks Hardik Pandya has led India’s T20I team thus far with distinction.
Karthik stated that the legendary all-rounder had put his critics to rest by achieving success while leading the Indian squad. He noted, however, that it is still too early to evaluate Pandya’s leadership.
The captain of Tamil Nadu stated that Pandya’s tenure cannot be properly evaluated until he has been in charge of the team for at least two years. Following India’s six-wicket victory against New Zealand in the 2nd T20I of their game on January 29, Karthik stated these remarks in a Cricbuzz interview.
He has performed admirably for the short period that he has served as captain. The greatest era is when you begin because you have a ton of benefits for yourself; therefore, I will always assess leadership after a few years. Before you assess him as a captain, you need to wait a few years.
Dinesh Karthik On Hardik Pandya:
“But thus far, he has fulfilled every need a captain must have in order to lead Team India. In many respects, he has shocked a lot of people who didn’t think he would be able to pull this off.”
Notably, India leveled the three-match tournament at 1-1 with a critical victory in Lucknow in a game that was a must-win for them. Pandya has won a lot of admiration for his leadership in the quickest format.
As the captain of the national side, Hardik Pandya has led his team to eight victories in 11 games. He only suffered two losses, and one match was a tie.
In addition, according to Dinesh Karthik, opening batsman Shubman Gill shouldn’t be benched. Despite his disappointing performance in the second T20I.
Dinesh Karthik On Gill
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He made the argument that because the Lucknow wicket was so difficult. It would be unjust to drop Gill after the match. Karthik predicted that Prithvi Shaw will need a stellar Indian Premier League (IPL) season. In order to earn a berth in the starting XI for the Men in Blue.
“If Prithvi Shaw were to take Shubman Gill’s place, this would be incredibly unjust to him. The IPL is the most significant series for Shaw.
Then things start to turn around. If he has a successful season with the Delhi Capitals, all will change drastically moving forward.”
Gill now has rankings of 7 and 11 in the T20I series. During the ODI series against the Kiwis, he was in outstanding form, scoring 360 runs in 3 matches with a maximum score of 208.
The youthful player will attempt to recover in the vital series finale against New Zealand. On Wednesday, February 1, the game will take place at the Narendra Modi Complex in Ahmedabad.