Twitterati livid with Dinesh Karthik's omission from ODI series against Australia series

Twitterati livid with Dinesh Karthik’s omission from ODI series against Australia series

It seems Karthik has fallen behind in the race to Pant to make the cut for the WC.

Dinesh Karthik with Sunil Shetty
Dinesh Karthik plays a shot. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India picked their squads for the three-game T20I and five-match ODI series against Australia on Friday and to many fans’ surprise, Dinesh Karthik didn’t find a spot in the ODI squad. Young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant got a call and that gave an indication that the selectors and the management might have settled the dilemma over picking either of the two for the squad that will head to England for the World Cup in May.

It was just a month ago that Karthik, 33, said that the team management looked up to him as a finisher after India won the three-match ODI series against Australia. He played a couple of unbeaten cameos against Australia and New Zealand while chasing to help his side win. In the T20Is too, Karthik has been a successful finisher of late even though his refusal to take a run in the dying moments of a series-decider game against the Black Caps was got lambasted by the fans.

Did Pant eventually win the race?

Experts were found giving their suggestion over who to pick between Dinesh Karthik and Pant as India’s second wicket-keeper for the WC given that MS Dhoni has already cemented his place. Some even said both the players could be accommodated with one playing as a specialist batsman. A few games in the recent times saw all three – Dhoni, Karthik and Pant – playing with the former India captain donning the gloves.

But now it seems Karthik has fallen behind in the race to Pant and made the cut for the World Cup, scheduled to start on Thursday, May 30. Having made his debut in 2004, Karthik has been one of the most irregular players for India with just 91 ODIs under his belt in over 14 years.

The Twitterati was livid with Karthik’s omission from the entire ODI series against Australia which will be India’s final international series before the WC. While some felt Pant snatched his spot eventually, others also felt that his misjudgment of taking a crucial run in the Hamilton T20I against New Zealand that cost him a place.

Here are some of the reactions of the Twitterati on Karthik’s exclusion:

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