VB Chandrasekhar disgusted with Dinesh Karthik's selection

VB Chandrasekhar disgusted with Dinesh Karthik’s selection

Chandrasekhar feels Krunal Pandya should have selected in place of Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. (Photo by Ian Walton-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Before the eight edition of ICC Champions Trophy commences, former cricketers are fancying their chances at predicting the winner of the tournament. Many former Indian cricketers are hoping that their favourite team will create history by becoming the first team to win 3 Champions Trophy titles. But former Indian national selector VB Chandrasekhar has gone the other way.

The former wicketkeeper-batsman played 7 ODIs for India. In those 7 matches, he accumulated 88 runs at an average of just over 12 runs per inning. He has put his money on the home team England to win their debut Champions Trophy title. Chandrasekhar is unhappy with the decisions made by the Indian selectors. He feels instead of calling back Dinesh Karthik, in-form Krunal Pandya should have been selected as the replacement for the injured Manish Pandey.

“India is a good side but unfortunately some of the key players haven’t shown great form in the IPL. That’s definitely an area of concern. Dinesh Karthik is in great form and all that is fine, but the selectors should have gone for in-form Krunal Pandya. As far as batting is concerned, most of them are struggling,” said Chandrasekhar while speaking to Sportstar during a live chat show on Friday.

He feels that unlike India, home team England has a good mix of batters and bowlers which makes them a team to beat. In his view that their familiarity with the conditions will help them in their purpose. “It (England) has a good variety in batting and bowling departments. I think that makes England the favourite,” opined Chandrasekhar.

Unhappy with Dhawan’s selection

After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released the squad for Champions Trophy, many fans questioned the inclusion of Dhawan. Despite his good form in the Indian Premier League, Chandrasekhar feels BCCI should have selected someone who is in a better kind of form than Shikhar. “Though people might say that T20 is different from limited overs cricket, it would have been better had the Indian batsmen gone into the Champions Trophy with a better form,” concluded Chandrasekhar.