Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of the teams in the race to reach the IPL 2022 playoffs and yet star batsman Virat Kohli is not in the best of form this season. IPL 2022 has had a lot of positives for RCB, one of them being the contribution made by captain Faf du Plessis. Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has also made a revelation for the team by taking 21 wickets in 12 matches. And while there have been a few other significant contributors to RCB this season, one man has been an absolute standout and has consistently been making headlines thanks to his performances with the bat, his name – Dinesh Karthik.
Karthik is the second highest run-scorer for the franchise in IPL 2022 with 274 runs in 12 matches. And these runs have mostly come at the end of the innings, with the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman playing the role of the finisher.
With eight ‘not outs’ against his name, Karthik averages 68.50 in IPL 2022, but a more eye-catching situation is his strike-rate. The RCB star has scored with a strike rate of 200.
With so many numbers, it is no surprise that there are talks of Kartik returning to India.
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is the latest to extend his support to Karthik.
Speaking during the Gameplan episode on Star Sports, Harbhajan said, “Dinesh Karthik has been excellent for RCB. He is very good at leg side shots as compared to his off side, excellent in taking singles but I think the total Overall he understands his game a lot. Well. Whenever he has the last chance, he makes sure he finishes the game. For me, if anyone has played the best role of a finisher in this entire IPL, it’s He is none other than Dinesh Karthik.”
“If I was a selector I would have given him a ticket to Australia for the T20 World Cup and let him play for India as a wicketkeeper and batsman as he deserved it. And if ever the Indian cricket team needed the best finisher If yes then it must be Dinesh. Karthik and Hardik Pandya as they form a very powerful side. Anyway, I have gone deep into the future but yes, once again, I must say Dinesh Karthik has been incredible this season And I hope he gets a chance to bat a little early. 16 overs is enough for him to finish 15 games,” said the former India cricketer.
RCB will hope that Karthik will continue to work for the team at the end of the tournament.
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