IPL 2020: 3 Ways in which Dinesh Karthik can be axed from KKR Playing XI

IPL 2020: 3 Ways in which Dinesh Karthik can be axed from KKR Playing XI

KKR management will have to change team combinations if they are to drop Dinesh Karthik.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are in a bit of a doldrums at the moment in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). After winning two matches out of nowhere, they have suffered consecutive big losses at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) which has affected their net run-rate as well. In the meantime, Dinesh Karthik also stepped down from captaincy ahead of the game against MI.

He handed over the mantle to Eoin Morgan to concentrate on his batting given that he was struggling a lot earlier in the tournament. However, despite playing as a specialist wicketkeeper-batsman, he couldn’t turn things around batting at four on Friday. In an attempt to play a sweep shot off Rahul Chahar, the former KKR skipper ended up getting bowled for just four runs.

Dinesh Karthik has so far only scored 112 runs in 8 matches in this IPL season at an average of 14. He has managed only a solitary half-century but apart from that, he has nothing to show with the bat. With things getting desperate for KKR in the second half, the management might think of dropping him and including some fresh legs sitting on the bench. But for that to happen, they will have to tweak their team combination.

Here are three ways in which KKR might think of axing Dinesh Karthik:

1. Tom Banton plays as WK and include any Indian bowler

Tom Banton
Tom Banton. (Photo Source: Instagram)

This is the best way possible to strengthen the batting line-up for KKR. With Chris Green not making any impact with the ball of his IPL debut, Tom Banton can replace him. The youngster from England is specialist wicket-keeper as well and he can replace Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps as well. The fact that he opens the innings as well will help KKR get some quickfire starts too in the powerplay overs.

But he will replace a bowler in Chris Green and that will lead to the management including an Indian spinner or pacer in the line-up. The options available for KKR in that aspect are Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Manimaran Siddharth and Kamlesh Nagarkoti (who was dropped for MI game).

Kuldeep, the chinaman bowler, is the most experienced among them and looks a perfect swap for Green. Also, after sitting on the bench in the last few matches, Kuldeep must have definitely worked on his skills and will be hungry to perform well.