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Dinesh Karthik will play finisher’s role: KKR assistant coach Simon Katich

Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich is confident that captain Dinesh Karthik will once again excel in his designated finisher’s role, making a case for his selection in India’s World Cup squad.

Karthik, who didn’t play the one-dayers against Australia, is back in the mix after Rishabh Pant’s failure to grab the chance.

Asked about his batting position, Katich dropped a hint that the KKR skipper would use the Indian Premier League to showcase his skill set in pressure games.

“I think what Dinesh brings is his experience (in crunch situations). He has played that role very well for India and for us. You know what you will get from him down the innings. He is hard to bowl to,” Katich told reporters on Thursday.

“So he will be in the mix for the World Cup. It will give the Indian selectors a tough job to pick with so much talent around,” he added.

He was all praise for young Shubman Gill, who, he thought, will play across formats for India.