Dinesh Karthik Rejected Offer of Mahagathbandhan, Reveals Rishabh Pant After World Cup Rejection

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Dinesh Karthik Rejected Offer of Mahagathbandhan, Reveals Rishabh Pant After World Cup Rejection

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day after India’s World Cup squad was announced, Rishabh Pant came down hard on fellow wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik for refusing to enter a pre-poll alliance with him.

Sources say, Pant, who is a big Arvind Kejriwal fan, had asked Karthik a week before the all-important announcement if he would be willing to form a wicket-keeper’s mahagathbandhan. But Karthik, who was wearing a helmet at the time, only “pretended to hear” what Pant was saying.

“Dinesh bhai, aaj humko pela hai, kal aapko pelenge,” Pant said during a press conference today. “You might have been selected as a standby wicket-keeper, but mark my words, if Dhoni bhai gets injured, they’ll select Kedar Jadhav or KL Rahul as your backup. You’ll be stuck babysitting everyone’s children in England.”

“I made it clear from the start that if he joins forces with me, we could have a long-lasting partnership. A force to be reckoned with, after all, wicket-keepers always make the most dependable batsmen. Speaking of which, even Parthiv (Patel) bhai was ready to extend outside support to us,” Pant said. “We could have formed a coalition of all wicket-keepers.”

Today Captain Cool has two World Cup trophies and a biopic to his name.

Pant’s chief mentor, Arvind Kejriwal, also weighed in, as his own party’s alliance conversation with the Congress entered its 250th round without progressing an inch.

“Unless all wicket-keepers stick together, how will you break the monopoly of MSD and his goons,” Kejriwal said, deftly dodging a chappal. “MSD has the entire BCCI on his side – he can walk onto the field and start yelling at umpires provided he’s willing to pay a small fine. He will be back on the field before you can say Whistle Todu. Meanwhile, if you as much as stand next to Karan Johar, they will ban you for a year.”

“Honestly speaking, I expected more from Dinesh,” Pant continued. “I remember when I was in kindergarten and he made his international debut before Dhoni bhai. Today Captain Cool has two World Cup trophies and a biopic to his name. What does Karthik have, except for this last chance to win a World Cup for India?” Pant said.

M Vijay, whom we did not ask for any comments, sent in his statement anyway.

“Hi, just wanted to inform everyone that I am available to replace Dinesh Karthik, if he chooses to step down,” he said, despite M Vijay having no experience as a wicket-keeper. “So what if I’m not great behind the stumps? Won’t be the first time I’ve stumped a batsman behind their back.”

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