Ind vs Zim: After defeating Zimbabwe in their final Super 12 match, Team India, led by Rohit Sharma, won Group 2 and advanced to the T20 World Cup semifinals on Sunday. But even before the game started, India had already guaranteed its spot in the semifinals thanks to Netherlands’ victory over South Africa, which guaranteed India a top-two finish in Group 2. India selected Rishabh Pant over Dinesh Karthik, who had served as the team’s wicketkeeper in preceding games, for the match against Zimbabwe. However, Virender Sehwag, a former Indian batter, wasn’t satisfied with the management of the team’s approach. If the management had taken a chance on Karthik, according to Sehwag, they ought to have persisted with him throughout the competition.
“Because we have already advanced to the semifinals, according to Rohit Sharma, we wanted to give Pant one game. Given that we are batting first, we don’t need a finisher. When you are in pursuit, you need a finisher. I was arguing that India ought to have had Zimbabwe open the batting. Cricketer Rishabh Pant has participated in such matches using both red and white balls. As Ashish Nehra correctly noted, India would go from him or a finisher (Karthik) if he had scored a big knock “Commented Sehwag on Cricbuzz.
Karthik’s confidence won’t benefit from being dropped before the semi-final, said Sehwag, especially if India decides to play him in the knockout match against England.
“Dinesh Karthik must be used all the way through the T20 World Cup if you staked your money on him. Dinesh Karthik’s confidence won’t benefit from being benched. He needs some self-assurance because he hasn’t yet scored any runs “Added he.
On Thursday at the Adelaide Oval, the second semifinal will feature England vs. India.
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