Rishabh Pan or Dinesh Karthik against England in semis. ZS Prize is now available for registrations. Submit your innovative ideas in healthcare and stand to win big! Fitness SKY: No cheat meals, more caffeine, and fewer carbs T20 World Cup: Shastri asks India to keep Rishabh Pant with ‘X-factor.’ India’s designated backovers specialist, Karthik, has yet to exactly lit the T20 World Cup ablaze. Rishabh, who won a match against Zimbabwe, could be more successful against England’s spinners in Thursday’s semifinal in Adelaide. Virat Kohli, a captain, was at the airport in Melbourne and headed straight to the sushi counter. Rohit Sharma, Deepak Hooda, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammed Siraj opted to check out shades and sunglasses. First, Yuzvendra Chahal signed some autographs. Then, Bhuvneshwar Kumar sipped some coffee. Despite the constant travel, the daily adjustment to new time zones, and the challenges of recovery in a fast-paced World Cup environment, the team appears relaxed and confident heading into the semifinals. Rishabh Pant Dinesh Karthik One could also be forgiven for thinking about other things as they are so far into the World Cup. India is now facing a crucial game, and all the talk about the Australian conditions being difficult, so are they making last-minute adjustments to their course and punting on Pant rather than Karthik as the World Cup draws near? India was very clear about Karthik’s role in the Cup. He would keep wickets and bat explosively for the final four to five overs. As a result, Pant, who was arguably the better keeper and had a more flexible batting option, was left out. That approach had one problem: Karthik was not Suryakumar Yadav. So, while trying to score at such a high strike rate, he has not achieved the same consistency with the bat. T20 is a game with many twists of fate and fine margins. Sometimes, a boundary and a dismissal are only inches apart. As Pant discovered against Zimbabwe, sometimes it can be dangerous to do what your team management requires. You may lose your few chances, as Karthik is well aware. Despite the circumstances surrounding Karthik’s dismissals, Karthik didn’t set the World Cup ablaze with scores of 1 against Pakistan at MCG, six against South Africa, Perth, and seven against Bangladesh, Adelaide. Karthik’s World Cup debut in Indore was a 21-ball 46 against South Africa. His last score of 40 was in July in Tarouba against the West Indies. This is the nature of T20, especially if your goal is to finish a high-risk or competitive game. Either you hit out, or you get out. Pant has not enjoyed the consistency that could make the issue in his favor, but this is the World Cup semifinal. There are also short square boundaries at Adelaide Oval to take into consideration. Pant, the left-handed option, is more flexible and can be used to target Adil Rashid or force spin. Coach Rahul Dravid suggested that the team also face Zimbabwe. The plan was to use Pant to attack the left-arm spin of Zimbabwe. Sean Williams had just gotten rid of Kohli. Pant’s slow sweep wouldn’t have led to him losing his wicket if it wasn’t for Ryan Burl’s stunning diving catch that he caught running to his left. “I don’t care about that (Rishabh getting out of town cheaply). He chose the right path. He was assigned to bowl against the left-arm spinner. It happens sometimes, and other times it doesn’t. Dravid stated that we shouldn’t judge people based on one particular game. “Sometimes it’s just matchups. Sometimes, we just think that what we need here would be something we might need there or moving ahead. Rishabh has never lost our confidence. All of our 15 have confidence and can be called upon to play in any XI. Rishabh has been hitting a lot of balls and has been batting in the nets a lot. . . “Keeping himself prepared.” While Karthik and Pant have played enough important knocks to allow for nuanced assessments of their batting form, they are not yet in the semifinal. Pant could be the surprise opponent against England’s spinners in Adelaide. Dravid said that many factors go into these decisions, but he was unwilling to reveal more.