T20 World Cup 2022: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are one of the teams competing for a spot in the IPL 2022 playoffs. This is despite the fact that ace batsman Virat Kohli has struggled this season. They currently sit 4th in the league table with 14 points in 13 games.
In IPL 2022, there have been a lot of positives for RCB. First and foremost, they have performed admirably as a group. Furthermore, skipper Faf du Plessis’ exploits further up the order have been beneficial for them.
Wanindu Hasaranga, the Sri Lankan spinner, has also given sublime performances for the team. In only his second IPL campaign, the spinner has enjoyed a breakout season. So far, he’s been fantastic, taking 21 wickets in 12 outings.
RCB has had a few other significant players this season. Despite this, one man has stood out and made waves on a regular basis. Dinesh Karthik has been a talismanic figure for RCB this season, thanks to his batting performances. Karthik has won his team many crucial matches this season with his clutch performances.
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T20 World Cup 2022: Harbhajan Singh Heaps Praise on Dinesh Karthik’s Season So Far
IPL 2022 Live: With 285 runs in 13 matches, Karthik is RCB’s second-highest run-scorer in IPL 2022. The majority of these runs have come at the tail of the innings as he has placed lower down the order. The seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman has served as the finisher for his team.
Karthik has an average of 57.00 in IPL 2022, with eight unbeaten innings to his name. His strike rate, on the other hand, is even more impressive of a feat. The veteran batter has a phenomenal strike rate of 192.57.
With such figures, it’s no surprise that Karthik is being spoken about getting a call-up to the Indian team. Harbhajan Singh, the former Indian off-spinner, is the latest to back Karthik in that regard.
“For RCB, Dinesh Karthik has been terrific. He is better at leg side strokes than off sides, and he is great at taking singles, but I believe he understands his game well overall,” Harbhajan remarked during the Gameplan episode on Star Sports. Bhajji further claimed that Karthik ensures to complete the game whenever he has the last opportunity. Dinesh Kartik, in his opinion, has performed the best finisher role in the entire IPL.
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I Would Have Handed Him a Ticket to the WC T20 in Australia if I Were the Selector – Harbhajan
Harbhajan claimed that would give Karthik a ticket to the World Cup T20 in Australia if he was the selector. He said he will allow him to play wicketkeeper and batsman for India because he deserves it. In his own words, Karthik and Pandya will form a formidable duo in need of finishers. He believes that Karthik should get the chance to bat a little earlier. According to Bhajji, he should be able to finish the game in 15 to 16 overs.
Nevertheless, RCB will be hoping Karthik continues to get the job done for the team towards the business end of the tournament. It’s about time they finally re-establish their pursuit for the maiden IPL title.