Dinesh Karthik to replace MS Dhoni in 2019 World Cup? Sandeep Patil says no despite former’s recent heroics

Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Dinesh Karthik’s stars have risen dramatically since that match-winning performance that he had put in the final of Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series against Bangladesh in Sri Lanka. The Tamil Nadu-batsman played the role of a finisher extremely well and proved once again that if it wasn’t for the arrival of MS Dhoni, he himself would have had enjoyed an elongated career in the Indian team. While many questions have been raised over Dhoni’s ability to finish the games he used to, there have been talks of the selection of Karthik in India’s 2019 World Cup squad in place of the Ranchi-born batsman but former selector Sandeep Patil isn’t too keen on the proposition.

Karthik himself admitted that Dhoni is in a different league altogether and he still has a long way to go to reach the heights that the veteran wicket-keeper batsman has achieved. Nevertheless, his performance against Bangladesh didn’t prevent fans and pundits from considering the idea of Karthik replacing Dhoni for next year’s showpiece event, although Patil wasn’t in favour at all despite lauding the new matured Karthik.

“Dinesh seems to have settled shown…and he has provided the team management and the selectors a reliable option. The performance in a final will definitely do a lot for Karthik,” Patil was quoted as saying by TOI.

There’s a limit to how many players can be picked for the World Cup, unlike a 17 or 18-man squad for a bilateral series. With that being the case, Patil said that Dhoni’s experience makes him the go-to man in an event of the stature of the World Cup.

“That said, I will still go with Dhoni. Unfortunately, in the ICC events, 17 or 18 players can’t be picked. I want Dhoni to play in 2019 WC, his fitness is fabulous, his exploits have gone down a bit but it happens with every cricketer. The experience he has…he can still deliver under pressure because the pressure during a World Cup is completely different and Dhoni has been,” Patil added.

Even Indian captain Virat Kohli had recently told CoA Vinod Rai that he deems Dhoni indispensable in the current team and wants him to continue at least until the 2019 World Cup. Kohli is of the opinion that the wicket-keeping ability and general cricketing sense that Mahi holds doesn’t have an immediate replacement and his stay in the Indian team is also extremely important for the skipper’s own leadership development.

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