IPL 2022: Dinesh Karthik Hopeful Of Representing 'Home Side' CSK In The IPL

Updated - 07 Feb 2022, 05:31 PM

MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik
MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik. (Photo: Twitter)

Indian batter Dinesh Karthik has shown interest in playing for the IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which also happens to be the city he grew up in. Having played domestic cricket for Tamil Nadu, Karthik expressed his desire to end up in CSK.

The mega auction will take place on February 12 & 13. Karthik has registered his name in the auction pool and he was hoping that the franchise that picks him up would be CSK. Karthik has represented six franchises in total but never once for CSK.

It’s very hard for me to answer this question because it will be a very cliched answer. I’ll try and do everything that I can, not only to do well for the franchise I play for but for myself also.”

MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings. Photo- BCCI
MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings. Photo- BCCI

Look, it’s great if I can play for CSK. I’m from Chennai. But at the end of the day, what’s important for me is whichever team that I get to play in, it will be an absolute honor because as I said, all this practice that I’ve been doing these days is to try and do well in a tournament like the IPL,” Karthik told TOI.

Dinesh Karthik preparing rigorously for the IPL season

Since the best way to make a comeback to the Indian team would be through a good outing in the IPL, Karthik has stated that he has been working hard with Abhishek Nayar, who happens to be his close friend and mentor.

After every tournament, we sit down and reassess. After the Vijay Hazare, we sat down and figured out a couple of areas we need to improve upon in terms of shot-making.”

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik (Image Credit: Twitter)

Another area is that if a spinner is bowling hard lengths and trying to take the ball away from you, then what are the kind of opportunities you can give yourself to score? So I have taken a microscopic view to work on those areas,” Karthik added.

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