3 reasons why India should open with Dinesh Karthik in the Lord's Test

Meit Sampat

#2 Success as an opener in England

Karthik tasted success opening the batting against England in 2007

India toured England for a three-match Test series in the year 2007, and Dinesh Karthik as the opener was supposed to be the weak link in the Indian batting line.

However, the young wicket-keeper-batsman from Tamil Nadu scored 263 runs in 6 innings in the series, at an average of 43.83, which was the highest score by an Indian batsman in the three-match Test series.

Karthik played the English bowlers - James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom, Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar - with ease and provided the perfect start for team India.

He scored three half-centuries opening the batting and had no problems whatsoever against the swinging ball and eventually led India to victory in the Test series against England in England after a span of 21 years.

Thus the team management may consider opening with Karthik for the Lord's Test considering his past experience as an opener as a youngster in England. Karthik has improved his game tremendously since 2007 and is a better play and will be technically better equipped to open the batting and score runs against the English quicks.

Edited by Aadya Sharma
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