Sanjay Bangar praised Dinesh Karthik for producing a match-winning innings in the fourth T20I between Team India and South Africa in Rajkot on Friday.
Karthik re-entered the Indian team after some strong performances in the IPL 2022, and he has stated repeatedly that he wants to lead the Men In Blue to World Cup triumph. In Rajkot, the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman hammered 55 runs off only 27 balls to help India tie the five-match series.
Dinesh Karthik’s Dreams Have Come True: Sanjay Bangar
Bangar was asked about Karthik’s match-defining effort at a Star Sports discussion. He responded:
“Who says dreams don’t come true. Dinesh Karthik’s dreams have come true, he has come back in the Indian team and then to make a match-winning contribution, he has done that today.”
The head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) emphasised Karthik’s dedication ahead of the IPL 2022 season. Bangar elaborated:
“This game is about practice and hard work. This player has the hunger because before the IPL he tried to play a lot of matches in T20 domestic cricket, once those matches got over, he went to Madurai and other places to play local cricket.”
Dinesh Karthik Has A Unique Style Of Practicing
Karthik was one of RCB’s standout players in the Indian Premier League’s most recent iteration. In the competition, the Tamil Nadu batsman hit 330 runs at an incredible strike rate of 183.33.
Karthik honed his talents in open nets, according to Bangar, and it paid off handsomely. He observed:
“He continuously improved his match temperament there. He has a unique style of practicing. He wanted to practice on open wickets and the full benefit of that was seen today.”
The former Indian batting coach ended by expressing his hope that the rest of the team will share Karthik’s desire. Bangar said:
“He has put in a lot of effort and when such players give such a gritty and determined performance, you feel that if all players maintain the hunger like this to perform for Team India, then the Indian team will consistently give such performances.”
Karthik’s 55-run knock was his first half-century in T20I cricket. The 37-year-old also became the oldest cricketer to score a fifty for Team India in the shortest format of the game.