Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh backed Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid’s decision to prefer Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant in team’s first Asia Cup 2022 match against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium.

However, the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram were not happy and slammed the team management for dropping Pant.

Karthik was recalled to the Indian team after scoring 330 runs at a staggering strike rate of 183.33 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2022.

“Rishabh Pant has done well in Test cricket and ODIs but he has been found wanting in T20Is. However, Dinesh Karthik’s graph has gone upward since the Indian Premier League. There is no point keeping him on the bench. He should play,” Harbhajan told AajTak.

“Rishabh has a lot of time left in his career. However, Karthik has just 1-2 years and he should make full use of it. He can win matches for the Men in Blue,” he added.

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