T20 World Cup: Dinesh Karthik has back spasms, may be doubtful for match against Bangladesh | Cricket News


ADELAIDE: Senior wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik will be a doubtful starter for India’s next T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh on Wednesday as he is suffering from back spasms which forced him to leave the field during the last five overs of the South African match.
Karthik’s injury could pave the way for Rishabh Pant’s entry into the playing eleven.
Pant kept wickets from the 16th over until the end of the match against South Africa on Sunday after Karthik had to leave the field due to pain.
The primary reason can be extremely cold conditions that can cause this kind of bruising.
The extent of the severity of the back spasm could not be confirmed, but usually it takes anywhere between three to five days for pain to heal, if it is a minor one.
“Karthik felt pain in his lower back. We haven’t heard about the severity of his back spasm. The medical team is working to get him fit as heat treatment and massage help reduce the discomfort quickly. So don’t rule him out . yet,” a senior BCCI official privy to the development told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Karthik has had an underwhelming tournament so far as he scored 1 against Pakistan and 6 off 15 balls against South Africa.
He is a designated finisher, but not handling the pace and bounce on offer at the Optus Stadium in Perth, with not much support for Suryakumar Yadav in their 52-run stand, has drawn some criticism.
Indian coaching staff also faced flak for keeping a counter-attacking player like Pant out of the side.
In Test matches, Pant achieved tremendous success in Australia. He is a better player of horizontal batting compared to Karthik.


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