Team India registered a shaky win in the first match of the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against New Zealand. However, ‘Men in Blue’ suffered a major setback in the first innings as a speedrunner. Mohammed Siraj separates the rope in his own hand while bowling on his own.
Indian wicket player Dinesh Karthik named his pick as a replacement for the 27-year-old. He chose for Harshal Patel, who emerged as the holder of the ‘Purple Hat’ in the recently concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. He also talked about Avesh Khan, who is the second choice before the group management.
“Both of them are bowling at the best stage of their careers so far… So you can blindly play any of them. Personally I feel like Harshal Patel would be better because obviously, you know, the change of tempo in Ranchi [which is a] wicket is a bit slow,” Dinesh Karthik said in an above program Cricbuzz.
“It’s a headache to have” – DK
Dinesh Karthik goes on to say that Rohit Sharma and Co can go with Khan as he hits the ball with great speed. He assumed that the XI playing included Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar, who reaches 135 km/h, just like Patel.
“Avesh Khan is also very good with slower shots but Harshal Patel bowls with such a good rhythm that you want to give him a chance and see what he brings. But you look at it in a different way – you have someone who celebrated number 135 in Deepak Chahar and Bhuvi. If you want someone with more speed then the choice is Avesh Khan. It was a headache when…” Karthik added.
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