Rahul Dravid Provides An Update On The Fitness Of Dinesh Karthik
By CricShots - Nov 1, 2022 4:44 pm
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The Indian head coach Rahul Dravid provided a positive update about the availability of Dinesh Karthi for their Super 12 match against Bangladesh, saying the veteran wicketkeeper has pulled up well for Tuesday’s practice session in Adelaide. Karthik picked up a back spasm during South Africa’s narrow win over India in their 3rd match of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Perth. Karthik was not able to carry on wicketkeeping during the last two overs of South Africa’s chase of 134 runs and he was replaced by Rishabh Pant.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik

Karthik was in pain when he was seen walking off the field in the crunch situation before India went on to lose the thriller in the last over. Speaking to the press on the eve of their crunch match against Bangladesh, Rahul Dravid said, “He has pulled up pretty well today. he, unfortunately, had a back spasm when he jumped to collect a bouncer and he landed badly, he landed in a way that he just did his back a little bit.”

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He further added, “But, with treatment, he has pulled up really well, he has come to training. We will see how it goes, we will assess him, we will see how he is after a good day’s practice session. We will put him through his paces and ensure we have given him a good workout and see if he pulls up tomorrow morning before making a final decision.”

Dinesh Karthik’s place in the side in the T20 World Cup has been questioned as he has managed to score just 7 runs in 3 matches. Karthik buckled under pressure in the last-over thriller against Pakistan in Melbourne and managed just 6 runs from 15 balls in tough conditions against South Africa in Perth.

rahul dravid
Rahul Dravid

However, Karthik hung in with Suryakumar Yadav in the middle during a 52-run stand against South Africa after India’s top order was decimated by the Proteas’ pace attack. Talking about the same, Rahul Dravid said, “Again, tough for someone like DK to assess how he has gone about. He got one ball against Pakistan in the backend, he did not bat against the Netherlands.”

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He further explained, “I thought he was building a good partnership with Suryakumar against the Netherlands, we needed that little bit of partnership. It was set up for him, you know again, it’s the nature of this game, you play the high-risk shot and get out in that shot, which is why people need to be supported and backed in these formats. You don’t get a lot of time before you go and play these high-risk shots.”