ENG vs IND 2018: Virat Kohli should have played Dinesh Karthik over Suresh Raina in the first ODI, says Gautam Gambhir

India beat England in the first ODI match by 8 wickets.

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Veteran Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir believes Virat Kohli should have played Dinesh Karthik instead of Suresh Raina in the first ODI against England at Trent Bridge. Gautam Gambhir suggested Virat Kohli should have picked Dinesh Karthik over Suresh Raina. 

After winning the T20I series against England, India has begun their ODI stint on a positive note with a thumping win by 8 wickets. While India won the match in a convincing way, Indian opener Gautam Gambhir opened up on whom Virat Kohli should have played among Karthik and Raina.

“Probably, I would’ve had Dinesh Karthik in place of Suresh Raina and in the kind of form he is in, I would’ve picked him in the fifty-over format. Obviously, Suresh Raina is a little more destructive in the 50-over format, but I wouldn’t have gone with him,” Gambhir said in the pre-match show.

“Karthik gives you more solidity, he gives you more options, to be honest. He is a much better overall player when it comes to spin and fast bowling and he can be destructive at the latter half of the innings as well,” the left-handed batsman added.

Meanwhile, Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav who was rested for the third T20I match against England came back really strong in the first ODI becoming first left-arm bowler of India to clinch six wickets in a single innings. 

(Inputs from TimesNowNews)


By Kunal Kataria - 13 Jul, 2018

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