'Not many could do what Dhoni and Yuvraj did'- Harbhajan Singh backs Dinesh Karthik for semi-final clash against England

Rishabh Pant is likely to get the nod in the semi-final with the shorter boundaries on offer in Adelaide.

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The Indian team management has got a selection dilemma ahead of their crunch semi-final clash against England in Adelaide on the 10th of November. Rohit Sharma will have to decide on either playing Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant or playing both in the decisive match. While several experts have given the nod to Pant, former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has backed Karthik for the game against England.

The former offie feels it is unfair to compare Dinesh Karthik with MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, who did great things for the side while batting down the order. Harbhajan reckoned Karthik has got a wealth of experience and is a great player in his own right. He wants the veteran wicketkeeper-batter in the team even though acknowledges the need for a left-handed batter in the side.

“I think I have no choice. I would go with Rahul Dravid because he likes Rishabh Pant but I would like Dinesh Karthik who was playing earlier. Yes, it’s so tough to bat at that number, not many could do what Dhoni and Yuvraj did and you’re comparing DK with those players, who have been champions of the game. And yes, DK is a great, great player who has done well to get to this level. I think he should be given a go. But yes they also want to have another left-hander in the team," he said on Star Sports show 'Cricket Live.'

'Tomorrow might be his day and when his day comes, India are going to win'- Harbhajan SIngh on Rohit Sharma's form

Talking about the lean patch of the Indian skipper in the ongoing global event in Australia, Harbhajan stated that Rohit Sharma will rise to the occasion and show his mettle like the underfire Pakistani skipper Babar Azam did in the first semi-final against New Zealand. The ex-cricketer also highlighted the importance of Rohit's runs for the Indian team.

“I think this will create an opportunity for him to show his mettle. What we saw today with what Babar and Rizwan did, big players in big games, they go on to perform and Rohit is a big, big player and we all want him to score runs. When he scores runs, it feels like he’s batting on a different surface, no matter how difficult that surface is. We all want him to come into form and he’s been practising and trying. Things didn’t work so far, but it doesn’t mean it won’t work tomorrow. Tomorrow might be his day and when his day comes, India are going to win,” he added.