Dinesh Karthik and Liam Livingstone have both been in stunning form this season. The Englishman smashed it out of the park against RCB in their latest clash winning PBKS the match by a huge margin.
Liam Livingstone hits a shot in IPL 2022. (Courtesy: PTI)
- Dinesh Karthik has been in terrific touch throughout the tournament
- Dinesh Karthik has strike rate close to 200 this season
- Dinesh Karthik has already made his India ambitions clear
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Dinesh Karthik and Punjab Kings’ Liam Livingstone have been in terrific touch this season. Both batsmen have scored crucial runs for their teams, but Karthik seems to have been the more consistent performer. Having said that on the day that these two teams met, Livingstone proved to be miles ahead of the Indian finisher, scoring 70 off just 42 balls to take Punjab to a huge total of 209 runs.
This prompted the debate about the best finisher in the Indian Premier League this season and former India player, RP Singh weighed in on the debate, arguing that Karthik was much ahead of Livingstone in terms of overall impact.
“Dinesh Karthik was my batchmate in the U-19 World Cup. He used to get run-out then as well, there’s no change in that! (chuckles) Whenever he thinks too much, he makes mistakes. That’s the kind of character he is. Give him less time to think, he’ll do really well. When he knows he has to play 10 off the 20 deliveries left, he brings out his best performance.”
“You know how a cocky guys does it? He thinks he has to do it and will hit whenever the ball is on his radar. You’ll know it from his body language. He’s the best player for this number of remaining deliveries. And if you compare him with Liam Livingstone, I believe he has the upper hand because he has played a lot of knocks and won his team matches.”
At the moment, Karthik has 285 runs from 13 matches at a strike rate of 192, while Livingstone has scored 385 runs from 12 matches at a strike rate of 180. Livingstone famously hit Mohammad Shami for a massive 117 meter six, finishing the chase with a 28 run over against the veteran Indian pacer who has bowled superbly this season.
Karthik, on the other hand, has been a rock at the back end for RCB after their top order failures and has taken the Bangalore-based side to respectable totals single-handedly this season.
Livingstone’s position is almost set in the England team for the T20 World Cup in Australia, where the English side can not only exploit his batting, but his part-time bowling option as well. On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik has already made his intentions clear about his national team aspirations. However, it is not known if he will be selected for the next tours or not.