Dinesh Karthik Upbeat To Represent India In The T20 World Cup
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.
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.