Should Rishabh Pant Replace Dinesh Karthik In Third Test vs England ?

The third Test match between India and England will start on August 18 at Trent Bridge

All eyes would be on team India when they take to the field in the third Test match of the five-match series starting on August 18 at Trent Bridge. Team India is trailing the series 0-2.

Virat Kohli & Co. would be hoping to turn things in their favour in the third Test. In the opening two Test matches, Indian batting line-up failed to read moving balls from the English counterparts.

In the first Test, other than Virat Kohli, no other Indian batsmen managed to score with their bat. Skipper Kohli scored 200 runs while the rest of the top-five scored 99 runs across two innings as India lost by 31 runs.

In the second Test at Lord’s, Kohli faced his worst ever Test defeat after he took over the captaincy from MS Dhoni. Indian team lost the game by an innings and 159 runs.

Cricket fans and former veterans feel that poor team selection seems to be the problem with the Indian team during this tour.

On August 16, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri admitted that including Kuldeep Yadav in the Lord’s Test was a mistake as the conditions were in favour of a seamer.

Besides, frequent changes in the batting line-up were also criticised by many cricket pundits who feel the rapid shuffle in the team might hamper the performance over-all.

For the third Test, many of the former Indian cricketers including Sourav Ganguly, Dilip Vengsarkar are now demanding Rishabh Pant to replace Dinesh Karthik, who failed to impress in both the Test matches. Karthik has scored just 21 runs in four innings.

“Rishabh Pant should get in,” Dilip Vengsarkar, the former India batsman and selector, told BBC Radio.

“Apart from Kohli, nobody has shown that they could score runs here,” he added.

Wherein former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly backed Pant saying ‘inclusion of a left-hander in the side will help the team.”

“I think Rishabh Pant has to come into this side as Dinesh Karthik looks woefully out-of-form. I saw him (Karthik) in the nets and he couldn’t put bat to ball. I think a left-hander in the side will help the team and Pant isn’t scarred by India’s losses and he is also capable of changing the course of a game,” former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly told the official broadcaster after Lord’s defeat.

Even on Twitter, many Indian cricket fans have been backing Pant for the third Test. Here are some of the reactions:

Meanwhile, Pant was spotted hitting the ball during the practice session. Also, he was seen sharpening his wicketkeeping skills in nets. This means he might get his debut call tomorrow.

Pant has been in prime form in the recent past. His sting during the Indian Premier League 2018 was really impressive.