After Rishabh Pant’s forgettable outing in the 1st T20I against Bangladesh in Delhi on Sunday, the young keeper had came under heavy criticism for his shoddy work behind the stumps and a botched DRS. Bangladesh eventually won by three wickets for their first win over India in the format.
The troll army on social media were up and running lambasting Pant and to make matters worse for Pant, senior wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who has was replaced by Pant at the first choice keeper – given when MS Dhoni is unavailable – took a one-handed stunner during Deodhar Trophy final on Monday to remind fans of his credentials.
And on cue the social media was abuzz with the comparisons between Pant and Karthik with many fans calling for Karthik to replace Pant for the Bangladesh series. One user even went ahead and listed down quirky coincidences with Karthik playing a pivotal role in major wins for Rohit Sharma as captain. Sharma’s first IPL trophy with Mumbai Indians was majorly owed to Karthik, so has his first Champions League T20 title and also the Nidahas Trophy final.
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