India and Kolkata Knight Riders wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik may have fallen way behind the pegging order as far as the selection in the Indian T20 team is concerned but he is still very much hopeful and determined to nail down a spot for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
Dinesh Karthik hasn’t played an international match for India since the 2019 World Cup where India lost the semi-final to New Zealand.
Karthik became the collateral damage of that heartbreaking defeat and he was subsequently dropped from both ODI and T20I formats despite him nailing the job of a finisher with perfection in 2018-19 in the shortest format of the game.
Ahead of the start of IPL 2021, Dinesh Karthik conducted a Q-A session on social media where one of his fans asked whether he will be a part of the Indian team in the upcoming T20I World Cup.
“That’s the aim” – responded Dinesh Karthik.
Last year, Karthik has exuded the same confidence in regaining his T20I spot.
“My record in T20s has been good. A big tournament like the World Cup did not go exactly as per the plan. I could understand the one day bit (being dropped from ODIs) but even now I would like think that I stand a good chance in returning to the T20 side,” DK had told PTI.
“I have done well even in the recent domestic games that I have played. I have no reason to doubt myself (that I can’t make another comeback),” he added.
That said, with Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul establishing themselves as 1st and 2nd choice keepers and Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja nailing down the finisher’s role, it looks like a bridge too far for Dinesh Karthik.
The Tamil Nadu stumper, who has 228 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 160-plus in his last 18 outings for Team India, endured a poor IPL campaign last year and he will have to produce a memorable season this year to get anywhere close to an India call-up.