Dinesh Karthik Is Still Hopeful Of A Recall To The Indian Team
Dinesh Karthik in action against Bangladesh at the Nidahas Trophy final in Colombo – AFP
Dinesh Karthik in action against Bangladesh at the Nidahas Trophy final in Colombo – AFP
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Dinesh Karthik Is Still Hopeful Of A Recall To The Indian Team

Dinesh Karthik is still hopeful of a recall to the Indian team, revealing that his ultimate goal is to help India win at least one of the next two World Cups. He wasn’t selected in the 20 member squad recently announced for the Sri Lanka tour of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.

The 2019 World Cup semi-final between India and finalists New Zealand presented a scenario that Dinesh Karthik would have played over numerous times in his head. In chase of 240, India was rocked early at 5/3 and instead of veteran keeper MS Dhoni, the management decided to send Dinesh Karthik up the order. But despite the opportunity, the wicketkeeper could not do much and was dismissed cheaply.

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Dinesh Karthik’s Ambition Is To Be Part Of The Next Two World Cups And Try To Help India Win At Least One

Since then, Dinesh Karthik has not been selected for India in any format. However, a veteran of 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is, Dinesh Karthik, who made his India debut way back in 2004, is hopeful of a recall, revealing that his ultimate goal is to help India win at least one of the two upcoming World Cups.

“You keep evolving. You are not the same person you were at 21 or 22. You look at things differently – the way you play the sport changes, the way the sport is played changes. It is just beautiful to have been part of the journey,” Dinesh Karthik told ESPNCricinfo.

Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

“Right now, my ambition is to be part of the next two World Cups and try and help India win at least one, if not both. That’s the ultimate goal for me and I am doing everything I possibly can to be part of that team.”

Whether Dinesh Karthik’s stars align remains to be seen. With the T20 World Cup scheduled later this year, to be followed by the 50-over World Cup on 2023, time is running out for the 36-year-old keeper.

Dinesh Karthik: Not Every Time One Can Score Runs Especially When One Bats At The Back End And Is Expected To Play The High-Risk Shots Right At The Outset

The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman has been struggling to score runs recently, which does not work in the best of his interests. In the 2020 and 2021 editions of the IPL combined, Dinesh Karthik has scored 292 runs from 21 matches as the batsman explained the reason behind his slightly rough patch in the tournament.

“See, at Nos. 6 and 7, to be consistent would mean being consistent with strike rates. What’s most important is the impact your innings create. You can’t look at the scores per se because the amount of balls you face is very few.

“If you take the scores you will see they will be around 18, 22 not out, one game will be 4, one game will be 8, and then you make a 14 not out from four balls,” Dinesh Karthik said.

Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)
Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)

“So, if your team is doing well, that means you are playing fewer balls a lot of the time because the bulk of the batting is done by the top order. Then you create an impact as much as possible at the back end with as many balls as you get.

“Not every time that you walk in you are going to score runs, especially when you bat at the back end where you are expected to play the high-risk shots right at the outset.”

Dinesh Karthik is one of India’s most talented wicket-keeper batsmen and has also represented the country in 26 Tests between 2004 and 2018. Dinesh Karthik, who gave up Kolkata Knight Rider’s captaincy during the last season of the IPL mid-season, has been serving as Eoin Morgan’s deputy since.

However, 2019 World Cup winner England’s Eoin Morgan’s captaincy hasn’t been fruitful for the Kolkata franchise as they have won just 5 out of 14 games they have played under his leadership.