Veteran India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has said that the current Team India environment is one of the best environments he has been part of because the players are being given consistency and continuity.
Dinesh Karthik has had a terrific run in 2022 as he got his India recall after his outstanding performance for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and so far he has done a great job for the India National Cricket Team in T20Is as a finisher.
The 37-year-old addressed a press conference ahead of the 4th T20I against West Indies and lauded the current coaching setup of India, saying that the coaches – Rahul Dravid, Vikram Rathour, and Paras Mhambrey – don’t judge players on an everyday basis and they are provided with an opportunity to fail.
“I think I have said it a lot and I will keep saying it, I think this is one of the best team environments I have been in because of the consistency and continuity they seem to be giving to players. They are not judged on an everyday basis and they are given time, they are given the opportunity to fail. I think it is very important to give players the opportunity to fail and then move on to the next player,” said Karthik.
“In India, there are so many players right now, the general feeling is the one who is playing is always better than the one who has played the game. I think a lot of credit needs to be given to Vikram Rathour, Paras Mhambrey, and Rahul Dravid, for having that mindset wherein they don’t get carried away by good-looking players, they are able to understand what a player must have gone through to give a failure on a given day and back them and have the right conversation with them so that they can get the right performance from the player. The best of teams in any sport have been able to maximise their talent and that is something this current Indian team is doing well,” he added.
Pressure is a privilege at this point in time – Dinesh Karthik
The 37-year-old said that the “pressure is a privilege” for him currently because of the place he is in his career.
“Pressure is a privilege at this point in time. As a cricketer, as a sportsperson, it is something which is given only when you are playing at the highest level and people expect certain things from you, so I am happy. I think what is important is making sure that on a given day, what the match situation is, reading the match situation and trying to give your best on that given day,” said Karthik while replying to an NDTV question during a press conference.
The wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik was further asked what he has worked upon in his game, to which he replied by saying that he has worked on his power-hitting abilities. He added that Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid have a lot of belief in him and he has got a good amount of backing from the skipper and the head coach.
“Power-hitting. That is something I have worked on, I wish I had done that I little earlier in my life but for the moment, it is going well. Extremely happy, this is what I have aimed for in my entire life, for the captain and coach to have so much belief in me, so it is only fair that I repay it back by giving the team the performances which will help the team to cross the line. This is the happiest I have been being a part of the Indian team, the amount of love and affection I have got, not only from the team and the fans, but the backing I have got from captain and coach.”
Dinesh Karthik further spoke about the role of the finisher in the team and said that being consistent with the performances is hard while playing as a proper finisher for the side.
“Finisher role is one such that it is hard to be consistent. Every time you get in, you should be able to make an impact that will help the team. There are a lot of factors that can make it tougher for you, especially in the Caribbean and Miami, wind will be a massive factor, even though it is a sport which is played with a heavy ball, the wind dictates some of the times, where you play the shots. It works both ways, the bowlers are clever and they try to force you to hit into the wind as much as possible. That makes it all the more tougher,” he added.
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