Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has excluded veteran batter Dinesh Karthik from his squad for the upcoming 2022 Asia Cup. The veteran has done well since making his comeback and is currently playing the finisher role for Team India in the T20 format. Karthik has scored 192 runs in 14 innings since earning a recall after a successful 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign. He has scored his first T20I fifty in the time frame and continued to be on the radar for the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup.
Ajay Jadeja said on Fancode: “Now if you want to play the way I have heard them…aggressive then you have to pick differently. If Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma walks in, you need Dinesh Karthik at all cost. He is your insurance. But if you don’t have either of them then Dinesh Karthik has no work here. But yes I would not put Karthik there, he can have a seat beside me. He is very good as a commentator. But there, in the team, I would not pick him.”
However, right-arm pacer Mohammad Shami is not on the radar for the T20 format. Despite a relatively successful season with the Gujarat Titans (GT) and the World Cup taking place in Australia, the selectors are focusing on the existing pool of pace bowlers as well.
“I have added Shami to the team. So for me, I select bowlers first. So Shami is a certainty. Bumrah, Arshdeep and Chahal. These are the four certainties. In batting, four are certainties for me – Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, and Deepak Hooda. For this bowling attack, you have powerplay, middle overs and death overs sorted,” Ajay Jadeja concluded.
India’s squad for the 2022 Asia Cup
Rohit Sharma (Capt ), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, R Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Y Chahal, R Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.