Pleased and surprised by Dinesh Karthik's comeback in Indian side: Ricky Ponting

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Pleased and surprised by Dinesh Karthik's comeback in Indian side: Ricky Ponting
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Ricky Ponting admitted that even he thought Dinesh Karthik’s career was over as he had seen the Indian star commentating in England.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Oct 21, 2022 21:50 IST

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Dinesh Karthik is one of the best finishers in T20s right now: Ricky Ponting (PTI Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting hailed veteran wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik’s epic comeback to the Indian T20I side, saying that the Tamil Nadu cricketer is one of the best finishers in the T20 game right now. Ponting admitted that he is pleased and surprised with Karthik’s career trajectory as at one point in time in 2021, it looked like his Indian career was over in all three formats.

Karthik has mastered the finisher’s role since making a stunning comeback in IPL 2022. Karthik scored at a strike rate of over 180 while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and has been able to replicate it at the highest level since being recalled to the senior national team.

“It looked like his Indian career was over, probably in all three formats. He was not a retained player for KKR in IPL. Today, is one of the best finishers in the T20 game which he probably never really thought to be. I thought his playing days were over and he was transferring himself to the commentary box. But he was transforming the other way. I am pleased and quite surprised at the way he had turned his career in the last couple of months,” Ponting said in a video posted by the ICC.

Ponting was in awe of Dinesh Karthik’s career transformation and said that the way the veteran cricketer has played in recent times, has made it impossible for the Indian team to not pick not to.

“It is not an easy thing to do at that age. Getting better is not easy. The one thing that I know about Indian players is that they never give up. The way Dinesh has played, he has made it impossible for the team to not pick him,” Ponting added.

The Indian team hasn’t had a settled XI in the last one year, either due to workload management or because of injuries to players that affected the balance of the side. Friday’s practice session couldn’t be a definitive indicator as to what will be the final playing eleven, as most of the senior players opted to rest on the day.

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, and Hardik Pandya are certainties and Dinesh Karthik, in his current form, is ahead of Rishabh Pant. Karthik, after his batting session, did keeping drills for a considerable period of time.



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