2. Giving Rishabh Pant more game time
Pant took the cricketing world by storm after his excellent performances in Test cricket. He has the ability to annihilate world’s best bowling attack. His fearlessness has been refreshing for the entire team.
Both Pant and Karthik are almost lookalikes in terms of abilities. Both are wicketkeeper-batsman who can increase the scoring rate at the fag end of the innings.
However Pant has the added advantage of being a left-hander. In the middle order he can negate the threats possessed by left-arm spinners and leg spinners. Thus the management had to test Pant before taking a final call.
If Rahul, Shankar and Pant play their top game in the upcoming series, they Karthik might have played his last ODI game. But things are easier said than done. So it seems that Karthik’s road to World Cup has hit a momentary stoppage.