‘Avesh Khan or Harshal Patel’ – Dinesh Karthik picks Mohammed Siraj’s replacement for the 2nd T20I against New Zealand

Both Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel had great time in IPL 2021 for Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB) respectively.

Dinesh Karthik and Mohammed Siraj
Dinesh Karthik and Mohammed Siraj

Team India registered a shaky win in the inaugural match of the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against New Zealand. However, the ‘Men in Blue’ suffered a major setback during the first innings as speedster Mohammed Siraj split the webbing in his hand while fielding on his own bowling.

Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has named his pick as the replacement for the 27-year-old. He opted for Harshal Patel, who emerged as the ‘Purple Cap’ holder in the recently-concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE. He also talked about Avesh Khan, who is the second option in front of the team management.

“Both of them are bowling at the best of their careers so far… So, you can blindly play any one of them. I personally feel Harshal Patel will be better because obviously, you know, the change of pace in Ranchi [which is a] slightly slow wicket,” Dinesh Karthik said during a show on Cricbuzz.

“It’s a good headache to have” – DK

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik further went on to say that Rohit Sharma and Co might go with Khan as he bowls with excellent pace. He opined that the playing XI already consists of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar, who bowl around 135 km/h, just like Patel.

“Avesh Khan is very good with slower ones as well but Harshal Patel is bowling with such good rhythm that you want to give him the opportunity and see what he brings to the table. But another way you look at it is – you have somebody who bowls 135 in Deepak Chahar and Bhuvi. If you want someone with more pace then the option is Avesh Khan. It’s a good headache to have…” Karthik added.

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