Dinesh Karthik will be in World Cup mix for finisher’s role: KKR assistant coach

first_imgDinesh Karthik will be in World Cup mix for finisher’s role: KKR assistant coachDinesh Karthik has played the role of a finisher very well for India and for Kolkata Knight Riders, according to KKR assistant coach Simon Katich.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 21:47 IST KKR assistant coach said Dinesh Karthik brings in his experience in crunch situations. (@KKRiders Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKKR assistant coach Simon Katich said Dinesh Karthik has played the finisher’s role very wellKatich believed that Karthik will be in the World Cup mixKatich said Shubman Gill will surely be a part of the Indian team setupKolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich is confident that their captain Dinesh Karthik will once again excel in his designated finisher’s role, making a case for his selection in India’s World Cup squad.Karthik, who didn’t play the one-dayers against Australia, is back in the mix after Rishabh Pant’s failure to grab the chance.Asked about his batting position, Katich dropped a hint that the KKR skipper would use the Indian Premier League to showcase his skill set in pressure games.”I think what Dinesh brings in his experience [in crunch situations]. He has played that role very well for India and for us. You know what you will get from him down the innings. He is hard to bowl to,” Katich told reporters on Thursday.”So he will be in the mix for the World Cup. It will give the Indian selectors a tough job to pick with so much talent around,” he added.He was all praise for young Shubman Gill, who, he though, will play across formats for India.”I am sure pretty soon he will be permanently in the Indian setup. He obviously has got talent and had a fantastic IPL last year.”The former Australia left-handed batsman was happy that the team had a great limited overs series in India.”Losing to India in Australia was tough for Australians to take. Full credit for the way they played. They deserved to win,” said Katich.He was all praise for the top order.”The top order was outstanding especially Khawaja, Ashton Turner was great too. Ahead of World Cup, important decisions are there for the selectors to take. Having Smith and Warner back before World Cup gives us more confidence.”advertisementThe Australian team is peaking at the right time, felt Katich.”Their form hasn’t been brilliant in the last few months but World Cup cricket is all about playing six weeks brilliantly,” said Katich, who was an integral part of both Tests and ODI side during his playing days.”It doesn’t matter what happened previously. It’s all about performing under pressure situations in knockout style. Smith and Warner will be hungry.”They are hurt by the experience. What happened has happened. They will come back hungry and if they come back firing and rest of the boys are in form, then it will be good,” he concluded.Also Read | If all goes well, we will play all home games in Kolkata: KKR CEO Venky MysoreAlso Read | Kolkata Knight Riders look to win third title in IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Dinesh KarthikFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow IPL 2019Follow Indian cricket teamFollow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more