Former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani thinks the decision to pick between Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik as the second wicketkeeper to the tour of New Zealand will be a tough one to take.
“It will be a matter of luck as to who between Parthiv and Karthik makes the cut. Both have performed very well in domestic tournaments and have toured with India in the past. Both are equally competent," Kirmani, who has watched both players in action this season, told HT.
Kirmani also said that with Dhoni being virtually indispensable, the other 'keepers, though no less talented, would have to make do with bit-part roles.
“They are equally talented wicketkeepers. But will consider themselves as unlucky as Rajinder Goel and Padmakar Shivalkar (left-arm spinners of the 1960s and 1970s who were kept out by Bishan Singh Bedi). “Nobody can touch Dhoni for the next five years.
Kirmani said though he had never interacted with Dhoni, he knew Dhoni always had it in him. “I saw him field at fine leg in a Duleep Trophy game where Deep Dasgupta was keeping wickets. I was convinced that Dhoni's record as a batsman was an indication of him being dedicated and hardworking. I was convinced that these traits would show in his wicketkeeping too,” Kirmani said.
Kirmani admitted he was happy to see a 'keeper leading India out.
“A wicketkeeper is the best judge of the game. I am delighted that one from my tribe has lived up to the expectations.
“Dhoni has been performing match after match. When one is a sincere and honest human being, everyone will support you. Luck is also supporting Dhoni.”