After giving match finishing performance in the Finals of Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh, speculations has started making rounds that Dinesh Karthik is the perfect replacement of MS Dhoni in the 2019 World Cup.
MS is known for his match finishing quality in the team and has delivered several memorable innings for the team.
On the contrary, Karthik thinks that Dhoni is a player of different league altogether and still has a long way to go.
After delivering stellar performance against Bangladesh, fans started considering him the replacement of Dhoni in the upcoming ICC tournament. However, former selector Sandeep Patil is still not impressed enough to select him in place of Dhoni.
In a talk with a leading daily, he said, "Dinesh seems to have settled shown…and he has provided the team management and the selectors a reliable option. The performance in a final will definitely do a lot for Karthik’’.
"That said, I will still go with Dhoni. Unfortunately, in the ICC events, 17 or 18 players can't be picked. I want Dhoni to play in 2019 WC, his fitness is fabulous, his exploits have gone down a bit but it happens with every cricketer. The experience he has...he can still deliver under pressure because the pressure during a World Cup is completely different and Dhoni has been’’, he added.
Even, the skipper Virat Kohli thinks that the wicket-keeping ability and cricketing sense of MS Dhoni can not be immediately replaced and his place in the team is also important for the skipper’s own leadership progress.