The competition for places in the Indian cricket team remains as fierce as ever. Irrespective of the number of games the Indian team plays these days, there are always new players knocking at the doors of the senior team. Faced with the problem of finding a ‘finisher’ in T20 international cricket, Team India’s experienced wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has urged the team management to send Deepak Hooda up the order and give uncapped Jitesh Sharma a chance at number one. 6.
Hooda has done really well in the Indian Premier League, especially at No.3 and No.4, but in the Indian team, he is tested as a finisher at No.6 or sometimes even lower. Unhappy with the role allotted to the all-rounder, Karthik feels the team should give him a chance to prove himself at No.3 before taking a call on his move.
“The most difficult thing is to be consistent at 5, 6, 7, especially at 6 and 7. So Deepak Hooda, even though he has done really well at No. 3, for some reason he feels he can work at No. 4. Can do. 6 and 7. I think it is going to be a big challenge for him. During his IPL career, barring Lucknow Super Giants, he is someone who batted in the middle at No.5 or 6 , and his performance has not been good. Success. He sees himself as a top-order batsman. He rediscovered himself when he moved from Baroda to Rajasthan. He likes to bat in the powerplay. He plays But right now, in the recently concluded Sri Lanka series, he did decently well at No.6 and it was a great opportunity for him,” Karthik said in a chat with Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz.
Regarding the No.6 spot, Karthik believes that young Jitesh Sharma will cherish the opportunity to play at the No.6 spot as it is the position where he has groomed himself.
“Jitesh Sharma is a domestic No.6 batsman. He is someone who likes to bat there and hence will enjoy the position more. He has batted there and trained himself to bat there. But I don’t see him playing in this series. Now there is Deepak Hooda. But I think if he is under pressure then they should give him a chance at No.3 before they decide to move on from him.
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