Dinesh Karthik Wants To Take Tamil Nadu Forward
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Dinesh Karthik Wants To Take Tamil Nadu Forward

IPL 2019, Dinesh Karthik, Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. Photo by Saikat Das /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Dinesh Karthik said he wants to take Tamil Nadu cricket forward and develop talent while still hoping to play for India again. Dinesh Karthik has played 26 Test, 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is but his last appearance came in July 2019.

Current India international and Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik’s longevity came to the fore again as he led Tamil Nadu to their second Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament title on Sunday, fourteen years after he led them to the inaugural title in 2006-07.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. Image Credit: Twitter.

Dinesh Karthik Keen On Taking Tamil Nadu Forward And Play For India Again

Tamil Nadu beat Punjab in 2006-07 final and hammered Baroda by seven wickets in 31st January 2021. The state team had lost the final last year to Karnataka. Dinesh Karthik, now the senior statesman, says he wants to take Tamil Nadu cricket forward and develop talent while still hoping to play for India again.

“You understand your cricket over a period of time, I am very keen on taking our state cricket forward and playing for the country is always on my mind,” he said after the match.

Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan.
Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan. Image Credit: IPL.

Dinesh Karthik scored 46 against Jharkhand, unbeaten 40 against Hyderabad and unbeaten 47 against Bengal. He hit unbeaten 26 against Rajasthan in semis and 22 against Baroda in final. He played 167 first-class, 238 List A and 310 T20 games. He also captained Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League since 2018 but relinquished captaincy to Eoin Morgan in IPL 2020.

Dinesh Karthik: Tamil Nadu Played Really Good Cricket Last Year Despite Losing Final And Has Been Consistent Enough

Dinesh Karthik said last year’s loss in the final to Karnataka hurt but to see players from that squad make the Indian team makes him proud.

“It really hurt us last year. We played really good cricket and we have been pretty consistent throughout. Just the fact that there are players like Natarajan and Washington Sundar in the Indian team… those guys were around last year playing this tournament for us. Just to see those guys go there… I am sure there’ll be few more going from here,” he added.

T Natarajan
T Natarajan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“There have been so many good performances through the season. We are able to produce cricketers to play for the country, that’s always a sign of a team doing well,” he added.

The injury woes in the Indian camp during the Australia tour allowed T Natarajan to play the ODI, T20I and even Test series. The Tamil Nadu pacer had toured Australia initially as the net bowler but ended up making his debut across all the formats. He created history and became the first Indian player to make his debut in all three formats on the same tour.

Tamil Nadu cricketers such as Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Thangarasu Natarajan, Varun Chakaravarthy, Washington Sundar, Narayan Jagadeesan, Sandeep Warrier and Murugan Ashwin have played IPL for various franchises.