The MSK Prasad-led selection committee will be meeting in Mumbai on April 15 in order to pick the 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The highlighting discussion which is currently doing the rounds is who out of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik will get the final backing as the reserve wicket-keeper batsman for the mega event. However, Karthik’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Jacques Kallis has backed his skipper to get selected due to his years of experience.
Previously, Pant was picked in the national team for the home ODI series against Australia ahead of Karthik. But after consistent failures in the series, Pant failed to live up to the immense expectations and also couldn’t help the call that he and not Karthik should go to the World Cup as the second wicket-keeper batsman. Also in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), both Karthik and Pant’s regular struggles haven’t further helped their respective chances.
In the World Cup you need experience
During a recent interview, Kallis revealed that if he had been decision maker, he would have picked Karthik in that World Cup squad purely due to his experience, which is very much needed in a big tournament such as the 50-overs mega event. Kallis reckoned that Karthik knows how to play in accordance with the different situations of the game. The former South African cricketer noted that the Tamil Nadu cricketer is aware of how to maneuver the field and score at a rapid pace.
“I would pick DK for his experience, in the World Cup you need experience. He knows how to play situations and he can control the middle-order and bat at a good rate. Not too many dot balls and India would be silly if they didn’t pick him,” quoted Jacques Kallis.
He is hungry to do well
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell has been in a flabbergasting form in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The herculean West Indian has smacked a belligerent total of 257 runs in five games at a phenomenal average of 128.50. With an astounding strike-rate of 212.40, Russell has even ripped apart the best of IPL 2019 bowling line-ups. The teams have almost started to believe that it is impossible to restrict the unstoppable West Indian power-hitter.
Kallis also praised Russell and noted that he looks hungry to do well. “He has been really good. He has come up leaps and bounds in the last year. He has learnt a lot about his own game and the nice thing is that he can now play different situations a lot better. He wants to do well and is hungry to do well and that is an asset for the coach. Other guys want to emulate him,” the KKR head coach added.