0, 20, 1, 0 in four innings.The above scores do not make for good reading if they belong to a player who has been included in the side for his batting capabilities.Dinesh Karthik was included in India’s Test squad for the series against England as a replacement for the injured Wriddhiman Saha, but it was his batting potential that helped him edge past Parthiv Patel and allowed him to play the first two Tests ahead of Rishabh Pant.Karthik, who made his India debut in 2004 and has only played 26 Test in a 14-year long career, brought himself back into reckoning with a match-winning last-ball six against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final.India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test seriesDinesh Karthik has often been criticised for lacking composure but the Nidahas Trophy heroics helped Karthik shed the tag of perennial bridesmaid to an extent.But with a poor return of 21 runs including two ducks from four innings, the Indian team management could look to give Pant an opportunity in the third Test at Trent Bridge. Dinesh Karthik scored one run in two innings of Lord’s Test. (Reuters)Pant has only played 23 first-class matches and his international experience is limited to four T20Is. However, he can take comfort in his impressive outing in England with the Indian A team in July this year.In two first-class matches, Pant scored 189 runs at an average of 67 and scored two fifties in two innings in the match against England A. The other match was played against West Indies A. Pant also has a first-class average of 54.50 from 23 matches. Besides, he has scored four hundreds including a sublime triple hundred.advertisementEngland star Jonny Bairstow not ready to write off India yetAnd the clamour is now growing for Pant’s inclusion in the third Test.”Rishabh Pant should get in. Apart from Kohli, nobody has shown that they could score runs here. Whether it’s English or Australian conditions, you have to adapt quickly. You have to apply yourself and get runs,” former India captain Vengsarkar told BBC Radio.Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly wants Pant to play at Trent Bridge as he’s “capable of changing the course of a game”.”I think Rishabh Pant has to come into this side as Dinesh Karthik looks woefully out-of-form. I saw him (Karthik) in the nets and he couldn’t put bat to ball. I think a left-hander in the side will help the team and Pant isn’t scarred by India’s losses and he is also capable of changing the course of a game,” Ganguly told the official broadcaster after India’s humiliating defeat at Lord’s.Can Virat Kohli’s India respond to harsh criticism from former players?Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has also suggested that Pant can make his Test debut on August 18.”It is an opportunity for sure and for the third Test he might get into the team. In fact, he might get in the team as a batsman down the order rather than as a wicket-keeper,” Sunil Gavaskar said.India A coach and batting great Rahul Dravid also threw his weight behind Pant after he earned his maiden Test call-up in July. Dravid said Pant has the ability to bat differently in the longer format.”Rishabh has shown he could bat differently. He has the temperament and skills to bat differently,” said Dravid. “He is always going to be an attacking player, but reading of the situation when one is playing red-ball cricket is required. We are glad he has been picked in the national team and I hope he takes this maturity and builds thereon.”While Wriddhiman Saha remains the undisputed choice, he’s 33-year-old and Pant’s inclusion in the third Test would also be a step for India to begin their search for the next number one wicket-keeper in Tests.