Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh says he would love to see Dinesh Karthik join India’s T20 World Cup team later this year. Karthik’s IPL 2022 performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore has been nothing short of outstanding. Karthik’s success in this year’s IPL despite batting largely at number 6 or 7 boosts his prospects, since India has struggled to find a reliable finisher since MS Dhoni retired.

Harbhajan heaped admiration on Karthik, saying the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman “understands his game well” and “takes his opportunities based on the match circumstances.”

“Dinesh Karthik has been outstanding for RCB. He is very good at leg side shots than his offsides, excellent at taking singles but I think, overall, he understands his game very well. Whenever he is left with last chances, he makes sure that he finishes the game. For me, if anyone has played the best role of a finisher in this entire IPL then it is none other than Dinesh Kartik. If I were a selector I would have given him a ticket to Australia for World Cup T20 and let him play for India as wicket keeper and batsman because he deserves that,”Harbhajan stated this on Star Sports’ Game Plan episode.

Despite not batting in the top four, Karthik is RCB’s second highest run scorer this season. The right-hander has a strike rate of 200 and has scored 274 runs in 12 games. Harbhajan also wished Karthik the opportunity to enter the game early and make a larger impression.

“And if ever Indian Cricket team needs the best finisher then it should be Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya as they make a very powerful side. Anyway, I have gone deep into the future but yeah once again, I must say Dinesh Karthik has been incredible this season and I hope he gets a chance to bat a little early. 15 to 16 overs are enough for him to finish the game,” he continued.