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Cricket’s most successful skipper wants both Karthik, Pant in India T20I XI

For a while, there has been a long-ranging debate on who should be India’s designated wicketkeeper-batter between veteran Dinesh Karthik and youngster Rishabh Pant ahead of Men’s T20 World Cup starting next month in Australia.

While right-handed Karthik can boast about being a specialist finisher in the shortest format of the game, left-handed Pant’s enormous talent has seen him get the back of many experts.

Now, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes India should look to field both Karthik and Pant in the same eleven, something which has happened on a few occasions in the past.

“I actually think that India’s best team has both of these players (Karthik and Pant). I don’t care if they are both keepers but I think their batting prowess is enough. Rishabh in the middle order and Dinesh as a finisher, they look extremely dangerous to me,” said Ponting on the latest episode of The ICC Review show.

Ponting, though, believes that Pant, 24, has an edge over Karthik, 37 as he is likely to be afforded more chances in the set-up. Ponting has seen Pant from the closest quarters as head coach of Delhi Capitals in IPL, where the left-hander was the skipper. “Look, I’m just going to favour Rishabh because I think he might get slightly more opportunities than Dinesh does.”

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