Former India batter Ajay Jadeja has said that Dinesh Karthik should not be included in the India squad for T20 World Cup 2022 later this month.
While speaking on Fancode, Jadeja said he would rather have Karthik as a commentator.
“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," Jadeja said.
"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."
Jadeja also said the selectors should have picked Mohammed Shami instead. However, Shami has not played any T20I match for India since the 2021 T20 World Cup last year. He is also not a member of India’s squad for the 2022 Asia Cup.
Regardless, Karthik has been named to the squad for the T20 World Cup 2022. The selectors have maintained that they would not change the decision.
Karthik has scored 192 runs in 14 innings since returning to Team India after the 2022 Indian Premier League. He is one of the fan favourites to join the squad.