Despite their most successful batter Virat Kohli not being in top form, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are among the top 4 teams in the IPL 2022. They are one of the top contenders for the playoffs.
There have been quite a few positives for the franchise in the ongoing season and one of them being the contributions made by captain Faf du Plessis at the top and the leg-spinner from Sri Lanka Wanindu Hasaranga, who has been exceptional with all the variations he has in his arsenal.
But perhaps the biggest positive for the Faf-led side has been the man who has emerged as the tournament’s most destructive batter Dinesh Karthik. Playing the finisher’s role more often than not, he has amassed 285 runs in 13 matches at 57 apiece and a staggering strike rate of 192.57.
With such numbers, it is no surprise that the wicketkeeper-batter has become the talk of the town. Many former cricketers and analysts have endorsed him to play in the upcoming T20 World Cup for India. Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is the latest to give his backing to Karthik.
While speaking during the Gameplan episode on Star Sports, Harbhajan said: “Dinesh Karthik has been outstanding for RCB. He is very good at leg side shots than his offsides, and excellent at taking singles but I think, overall he understands his game very well. Whenever he is left with last chances, he makes sure that he finishes the game. For me, if anyone has played the best role of a finisher in this entire IPL then it is none other than Dinesh Kartik.”
“If I were a selector I would have given him a ticket to Australia for World Cup T20 and let him play for India as wicketkeeper and batsman because he deserves that. And if ever Indian Cricket team needs the best finisher then it should be Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya as they make a very powerful side. Anyway, I have gone deep into the future but yeah once again, I must say Dinesh Karthik has been incredible this season and I hope he gets a chance to bat a little early. 15 to 16 overs are enough for him to finish the game,” he added.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore would want Dinesh Karthik to get the job done when they will take on the table-toppers Gujarat Titans (GT) in their last league encounter on May 19 at the MCA Stadium in Pune.