Ups and downs have been a constant feature of Dinesh Karthik’s career. Despite being a child prodigy, the wicketkeeper-batsman never quite managed to achieve the lofty heights he was tipped to achieve. Things looked good in the last one year or so when India finally gave him a longer rope, trying him out as a finisher. Karthik, on his part, did not disappoint either.
Since the 2017 Champions Trophy, Karthik has scored 425 runs in 20 matches at an average of over 47. 22. He also impressed with his finishing abilities during the tour of Australia and New Zealand. He played a key role in two wins by scoring two unbeaten innings of 25 and 38 in Australia and New Zealand respectively. He had also scored an impressive unbeaten 33 in the last T20I against New Zealand but India lost the game.
However, the selectors surprisingly dropped him from the ODI squad for the upcoming series against Australia, thus dealing a huge blow to his World Cup chances. But Karthik perhaps is used to these setbacks and his mindset pretty much proves it. In a recent interview, the Tamil Nadu star he does not believe in setting goals for himself.
“I am not somebody who sets goals per se. For some strange reason it is not something I have enjoyed doing. Though I think if we can go out there and put our best foot on the park and the best we can I will be very happy,” he said.
Karthik’s only chance to convince the selectors is by performing in the upcoming Indian Premier League. He will lead Kolkata Knight Riders in the forthcoming season. There is, however, a chance that the matches might be shifted due to the general elections.
When asked about that, Karthik said:
“I will miss Kolkata (in such a situation) because there is a certain vibe, a certain energy when we play at the Eden. Playing in front 60,000 cheering for you makes a massive difference.”
Knight Riders will start their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 24 at the Eden Gardens.