Since this year’s Indian Premier League, Dinesh Karthik has constantly impressed with his batting in the death overs. The veteran batsman was one of the best batsmen in IPL 2022 and his stunning performances helped him revive his international career. Karthik had not played for India since 2019 and his career in international cricket was looking as good as over.
However, his performance in IPL 2022 has completely changed his fortunes. In 16 IPL games, he smashed 330 runs at an astonishing average of 55 and a brilliant strike-rate of more than 183. Karthik has done well for India too since being recalled. Recently, he showed his finishing abilities once again by playing a fine quickfire knock in the first T20I against West Indies.
He smashed an unbeaten 41 off just 19 balls to help India post 190 and win the game by 68 runs. The 37-year old has been given a specific role in the T20I team by the Indian team-management and so far he has done well. Karthik is looking destined to be a part of India’s squad for this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
‘Dinesh Karthik is not a finisher’:
While Dinesh Karthik has impressed one and all with his ability to score quickly in the death overs, legendary India batsman Krishnamachari Srikkanth believes the batsman cannot be called a finisher. According to the former batsman, a finisher is someone who takes the game deep and wins it, as opposed to Karthik’s carnage in the final few overs.
“Your definition of a finisher is wrong. Yes, Dinesh has been doing very well. He has been brilliant in the IPL and a few matches here. But that is not a finisher! A guy who can take the match from 8th or 9th over and finish it can be called a finisher. What Dinesh is doing can be called final touches. Take Suryakumar Yadav.
“We saw that he almost single-handedly won the match in England. That’s the finishing role. Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant are finishers… and our captain (Rohit) can open and play till the 17th over in 12th gear is also a finisher,” Srikkanth said on FanCode during the third Twenty20 between India and West Indies.
“An actual finisher doesn’t play between 16-20 overs. A finisher is a guy who takes the match along from 8th or 9th over and eventually finishes with 60 odd runs. Dinesh’s role is defined. He is doing fantastic but he is fine-tuning the finishing role instead of actually being a finisher,” he added.