Before Team India prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia later in October, they will have a chance to test themselves in the impending Asia Cup tournament which begins from August 27 onwards in the UAE. India have picked their 15-member squad with their playing XI largely set for the tournament, but all have stated in picking one between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik to get the combination right as well. And Pant, in response to these claims and the competition in the XI, has given a straightforward reply.
So far, Team India have played Karthik and Pant in the playing XI through most of the T20I games since June. They have featured together in the home series against South Africa and in the away series in West Indies as well, with the youngster featuring as the wicketkeeper while the Kartik played as a finisher. However, many feel that India must select one between the two in a bid to add more balance to the squad by fitting in Hardik Pandya and former India captain Virat Kohli to the playing XI as well.
Speaking to Zee Hindustan on this, Rishabh Pant said, “We don’t think on those lines. We as individuals always want to give our 100 per cent to the team. Rest depends on the coach and the captain and how the team could get an advantage from that.”
However, Pant and Karthik have both not been picked for the Zimbabwe tour which begins from August 18 onwards. They two will directly play next in the Asia Cup, where India will play against their arch-rivals Pakistan in their campaign opener on August 28 at the Dubai International Stadium as well.