After Dinesh Karthik's below par performances in Edgbaston and Lord's, Rishabh Pant may be given a Test cap at Trent Bridge. However, the team management is afraid that Pant is a 'known commodity' for England
London: Two back-to-back losses in the ongoing Test series against England has set the alarm bells ringing in the Indian camp, and the team management has been forced to work overtime to try and find a way to salvage the series.
And while doing so, a question that they have been faced with at the outset is their choice of wicketkeeper.
“After the loss at Lord's, the support staff discussed among themselves that the selectors should have picked Parthiv Patel in the squad. Parthiv has not done badly in South Africa and he has the experience of playing swing bowlers,” said a source close to the team management.
After Dinesh Karthik's below par performances in Edgbaston and Lord's, Rishabh Pant may be given a Test cap at Trent Bridge. However, the team management is afraid that Pant is a 'known commodity' for England.
"Rishabh has played for India A against West Indies A and English Lions. The hosts have studied him well,” the source added.
A source to the BCCI said that Karthik was the selectors' choice and he has been exposed completely.
"How come they (selectors) chose the team on the basis of white-ball performance?" the source asked. "The way Karthik has thrown his wicket away is not expected from him. He was practising his batting at the nursery ground in Lord’s till 10.45 am, that is 15 minutes before the start of the fourth day's play."
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was also furious on Karthik’s performance.
One must point out here that given India's wicket-keeping troubles, the selectors would not be counting Wriddhiman Saha and Parthiv Patel out of the equation yet.
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Last Updated Sep 9, 2018, 9:22 AM IST