Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has been the most unfortunate man after India’s ouster from the ICC World Cup 2019. He lost his place in both the ODI and T20I squad; however, Karthik is confident to be back in the mix and represent the Men in Blues in the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
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With MS Dhoni in the twilight of his career, the management has shifted their focus to Rishabh Pant as the no 1 wicket-keeper batsman. But with Pant struggling in the middle-order and India failing to solve their middle-order woes, Dinesh Karthik would have been the ideal man at least in the shorter formats.
The Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman averages 57.00 and strikes at 160.56 in 18 T20Is since the start of 2018 and is one of the best among the Indian cricketer. But the 34-year-old Karthik, himself is confident to make a comeback to the Indian team.
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“We have a T20 World Cup coming up and I am definitely keen on contributing for the team in the finisher’s role. I feel confident playing that role and can also contribute when it comes to setting a good total batting in the middle-order,” Dinesh Karthik told TOI.
However, Dinesh Karthik’s current focus lies on the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starting from November 8. Tamil Nadu have a strong team and will want to bring home the trophy after losing the Vijay Hazare Trophy final to Karnataka.
“As a senior member of the stateside, it is my responsibility to be able to contribute each time I step on the field,” Karthik said. “We have some good T20 players in our TN line-up. But we haven’t performed to our potential in this format,” he concluded.