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Karthik can be the finisher for India at the T20 World Cup: Gavaskar

Dinesh Karthik has been on a roll in the ongoing season of the IPL, and now the veteran Indian batsman, Sunil Gavaskar, feels that the RCB batter can play the role of a finisher in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Kartik Mehindru Edited by: Kartik Mehindru Mumbai Published on: April 19, 2022 15:55 IST
Dinesh Karthik has the highest strike rate of 209.57 in the ongoing season of the IPL
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Dinesh Karthik has the highest strike rate of 209.57 in the ongoing season of the IPL

Dinesh Karthik has been on a roll in the ongoing season of the IPL, and now the veteran Indian batsman, Sunil Gavaskar, feels that the RCB batter can play the role of a finisher in the upcoming T20 World Cup down-under. 

The former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper has produced effective knocks of 32, 14, 44, 7, 34 and 66 with an astonishing strike rate of 209.57. By remaining unbeaten in five of the six innings, he is averaging 197.00.

"He said he wants to be a part of the Indian Team for the T20 World Cup. So what I am saying is don't look at his age, just look at what he's producing," Gavaskar told Star Sports.

Karthik's best this season came (66 not out from 34 balls) against Delhi Capitals in their last outing when he took on the experienced Mustafizur Rahman and Indian left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed with his fantastic strokeplay to power them to a match-winning 189/5.

RCB won the match by 16 runs and Karthik was adjudged Player-of-the-match.

"He's just changing the complexion of the game with his performance. He's doing it for his team. He's doing the job that you can expect him to do at number 6 or 7 at the (T20) World Cup (in October-November)," Gavaskar added.

A veteran of 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is, the 36-year-old last played for India in the heartbreaking semifinal loss to New Zealand in the ICC World Cup in 2019. 

(Inputs from PTI)