Dinesh Karthik, the wicket-keeper batsman always keeps on protecting India in tough times. He was the man who had hit 22 runs in an over in a crucial match but due to a small mistake or we can say over confidence in the 3rd T20 against New Zealand, the selectors did not select him for the 5 match ODI squad against Australia.
The team is well equipped with talented players but experienced Karthik can be the turning point in crucial games. He can do the wicket-keeping if Dhoni is injured, he can play attacking shots in the middle order or he can escalate the scoreboard in death overs.
Whenever Karthik has got time to play for India, he has always done fabulous from his all round performance. In the 3rd T20 against New Zealand he was under big pressure as the top batsmen were out early. He had the responsibility to win the match cum series. Although Krunal Pandaya was attacking from other end but Karthik thought that he could hit six at the last stage. The luck was not in his favour or we can say the match was not in favor. He did not run for the call of a single from Krunal Pandaya. It made the whole crowd feel nervous. Krunal Pandaya was in his best form and he had hit some attacking sixes in the same game. If he got last few balls, perhaps the series and match would be in the hands of India.
The selectors perhaps analyzed the sportsman spirit and dropped him from the 5 match ODI against New Zealand. But nothing to worry because he has been kept in the 2 match T20 squad. This T20 and ODI is the rehearsal for the World Cup 2019 so the players who have got chance to play have to perform their best. A single mistake may hamper their position.