The 37-year-old India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has said that playing in different conditions ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 would be valuable for the India National Cricket Team.
India National Cricket Team are currently involved in a five-match T20I series against West Indies National Cricket Team. Three matches have already been played in the West Indies and India have a 2-1 lead in the series. Now the last two games of the series will be played in different conditions in Florida.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik said that the challenges are going to be different in different conditions and the players will have to learn to adapt to the situations. Speaking at the press conference ahead of the 4th T20I, Karthik said:
“I think it is very interesting because even in the World Cup straightaway the three grounds that come to my mind are Sydney – [where] the sides are slightly smaller and the straights are longer – Adelaide, we all know that the sides are very small and again, the straights are long, whereas in Melbourne, it’s the exact opposite – the straights are short and the sides are very big.
“So, obviously, we are going to be encountering different grounds wherever we are going to be playing, so the challenges are going to be different.
“Here, the challenges have been different in every venue where we have played. So, the fact that every time you get an opportunity, there’s a certain challenge that comes with just walking in.
“That is pressure by itself. One of the key things that Rohit [Sharma] and Rahul [Dravid] have spoken about in this series at the start was adaptability and understanding the situations. I think that is something we’ve done pretty well so far.”
We have the potential to put out two teams or maybe even three teams – Dinesh Karthik
The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik further said that the India National Cricket Team have a rich talent pool and they can field 2-3 teams at the same time. He added that selecting just 15 players for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is going to be a tough job for the BCCI selectors.
“Look, right now in the Indian team, we have the potential to put out two teams or maybe even three teams, in terms of the number of players available,” he said.
“I don’t think many countries can boast of that, so to get just 15 players playing from a good lot of 40 players, there are going to be 20-25 players that are going to think: ‘geez! I could have made that team’.”
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