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Dinesh Karthik, who made international debut in 2004, is satisfied with the way he has turned up for his Team India, in the past two years. But, unfortunately, he has been in and out of the national team certainly for a strong reason. Now, he has made it to the India 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
The 33-year-old batsman Karthik has been picked as a backup wicketkeeper for MS Dhoni – to feature in the twelfth edition of the World Cup.
So far, Karthik has featured in 91 ODIs, followed by 32 T20Is and 26 Tests. However, the numbers would have been different if Dhoni wouldn’t have been around as a regular fixture.
The senior batsman Karthik had made his debut ahead of Dhoni. But he as a player has failed to grab the opportunity early on.
Karthik keen to make his country proud:
The right-handed batsman Karthik himself feels lucky. He added it is the blessings of his family and friends. He reiterated he has been relevant in terms of good or bad outcome owing to the contention as a player.
“It doesn’t matter what the word is going around. What is important to me is that I have got an opportunity and there are people who believe in me and have faith in me, I need to go out there and stand up for my country,” PTI quoted Karthik as saying.
Meanwhile, Karthik has been in focus following his remarkable show in the Nidahas Trophy finale against Bangladesh in 2018 while playing as a role of finisher’s role which eventually saw him smashing a maximum off the last ball.
However, Karthik always believed Dhoni has had been a shining light for the Men in Blue. And he himself has had to prove as a specialist batsman.
Recently, Karthik faced an axe during the ODI series against Australia.
“I was a bit shocked (after not being picked for Australia series) but I had faith that you know if it is meant to be. In the end, I was picked for my performances over the last two years,” Karthik said.
Karthik is thankful to his friends and family:
Besides, he believes it’s rewarding to compete. He remarked that he had been given his best in a bid to be a part of the national fold.
“I would not still be playing if it was not for the blessings of my friends and family. Good or bad, if people still talk about you it means that you have managed to stay relevant. It is extremely satisfying that I have managed to stay relevant all these years and still trying hard to be part of the team,” Karthik said.
Karthik, who himself has batted in different positions in the past two years, is optimistic about the ICC’s mega event.