‘He is definitely…’: Karthik backs T20I outcast to feature for India at 2023 WC | Cricket

After Team India wrapped up the T20I sequence of their favour, the main target now shifts to one of many purest codecs of the sport because the guests are set to resume their rivalry with hosts New Zealand within the One Day Internationals (ODIs). Under the management of stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya, Team India registered a 1-0 sequence win over New Zealand within the shortest format.

With Pandya rested for the ODI sequence, veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan is set to lead the Rohit Sharma-less aspect within the three-match sequence towards New Zealand. Dhawan-led Team India will meet Kane Williamson’s New Zealand within the 1st ODI at Auckland’s Eden Park on Friday. Speaking forward of the ODI sequence opener, veteran Indian batter Dinesh Karthik backed stand-in skipper Dhawan to feature for Team India at the 2023 ODI World Cup.

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“From the kind of vibe that I get, he is definitely a starter for the World Cup; otherwise, they wouldn’t be having him around. He’s obviously on the other side of 30. They could easily move on from him. Just the fact that they have him shows that they are very keen about having him in the ODI team and he’s been a gun player in ICC tournaments, somebody who rises to the occasion and he has played at a fair clip consistently,” Karthik informed Cricbuzz.

Karthik, who was the eldest member of the Indian staff at the ICC World T20 2022, additionally highlighted Dhawan’s exploits within the 2019 version of the 50-over World Cup. Dhawan slammed a match-winning ton towards Australia at the Oval earlier than the Indian opener was dominated out of the 2019 World Cup with a thumb damage.

“Even within the 2019 World Cup, he actually did nicely until he bought injured. So, he’s any person you may financial institution on except one thing drastically adjustments when it comes to his kind utterly falling out. He is any person whom you may belief as an opener, is aware of his recreation plan, makes use of his crease very nicely,” Karthik added.

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