‘Abey KL ko kele lene bhej!’ – Fans fume at Dinesh Karthik as he shares his predicted playing XI of India for the Nagpur Test

Fans did not like Dinesh Karthik’s predicted XI ahead of the series opener.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik (Image Source: Twitter)

Dinesh Karthik is currently out of contention to get into team India in any format of the game. He last played for the Men in Blue in the 20-20 World Cup 2022. After that, selectors avoided him for the recent series. Now, reports have come out that Dinesh Karthik will be seen as a commentator in the upcoming Test series against the Aussies.

However, ahead of the series, he opined about the player who can fill the gap of injured Shreyas Iyer in the playing XI of the first Test. While speaking to Cricbuzz, Karthik said that team India need to toss between Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill. However, he shared his vote for the number-one ranked batter in T20Is.

“I personally feel we should play Suryakumar because he is a great player of spin” – Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik said: “In case Shreyas Iyer is not fit, there is going to be a toss-up between Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill. I personally feel we should play Suryakumar because he is a great player of spin and we are going to play on some interesting wickets that are going to support spin. Give him the opportunity. He has been in red-hot form.”

“The beauty of Indian cricket right now is that somebody who’s in such red-hot form might not be a starter in a format. I feel that Gill is aware that KL Rahul has obviously had a long lineage and has been around for some time. He has done well in tough conditions like those in England. He has not had the best of times in Test cricket in the recent past, but it will still be KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma opening,” he added.

Now, on 8 February, Dinesh Karthik shared his predicted Team India playing XI for the series opener on Twitter. He wrote: “My 11 for first test Kl, Rohit, Pujara, Virat, SKY, Jadeja, K S Bharat, Ashwin, Axar, Shami, Siraj #BGT2023 #1stTest #IndiaVsAustralia”. After seeing that line-up, fans went berserk and slammed the Indian wicketkeeper for not keeping Shubman Gill in the team while giving a debut to Suryakumar Yadav. Some fans also raised questions about including KL Rahul as an opener instead of Gill.

Here is the shared tweet:

Check out the tweets shared by fans to slam Dinesh Karthik over his predicted playing XI of team India: 


Rohit Sharma

‘Muhrat ka intezar hai kya bhai?!’ – Fans troll Rohit Sharma as he remains uncertain about playing Suryakumar Yadav or Shubman Gill for Nagpur Test

KL Rahul

‘Iss Sajjan ko kya takleef hai bhai?!’ – Fans react as former India skipper wants KL Rahul to be dropped for Shubman Gill in the Nagpur Test