"He was picked for a specific skills" - Rahul Dravid opens up on the selection of the Indian Star batsman
The five-match T20I series between India and South Africa came to a sad end as the fifth and final match between the two teams was abandoned due to rain and the series was shared between the two sides. South Africa won the first two matches, while India won the next two.
However, in the end, the home team had a few positives in the absence of their senior players. Indian head coach, Rahul Dravid, praised the veteran Indian wicket-keeper, Dinesh Karthik, and has revealed the reason why he was picked in the team.
In a discussion after the match was called off at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Dravid said that DK was picked in the team for his finishing skills and that came in the fourth game in Rajkot really well. The 37-year-old smashed a 55 off 27 balls, which helped India to reach a competitive total of 169. In the end, it turned out to be a match-winning total.
Dravid pointed out that DK, along with Hardik, has batted well in the last five or six overs and are two of the best in this business. He said, "It was really nice to see Karthik come off and do what he has been picked to do. It certainly opens up a lot more options for us going forward. An innings like that certainly means he is knocking very hard."
The head coach also spoke about the Indian stand-in skipper. He said that it is hard to judge him on the basis of one or two games, because in order to score quickly in the middle overs, sometimes you get out early. Furthermore, he said that the team is looking forward to him doing well in the coming matches.
Dravid also added that being a left-hander, Pant is an important part of the team and has played some good knocks in the past, so certainly he will be in the scheme of things for India in a few months.
After this series, India will play two T20Is against Ireland on June 26 and June 28. After that, the Indian Test side will play the rescheduled fifth test against England that will start on June 1.