IND vs SA: Dinesh Karthik Goes Past MS Dhoni To Become Oldest Indian To Smash T20I Half-century

Veteran India wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik went past legendary India captain MS Dhoni to become the oldest India National Cricket Team cricketer to smash a half-century in T20 International (T20I) cricket.

Karthik is having an outstanding run in his cricket career in the year 2022. He got his India recall after his remarkable performance for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

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Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik PC- Twitter

Since making his comeback to the Indian T20I team he has done a great job in the five-match T20I series against South Africa at home. Karthik smashed his maiden T20I half-century in the 4th T20I of the five-match series against South Africa at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Friday, June 17.

The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman played a sensational knock of 55 runs off 27 balls, including 9 fours and 2 sixes, to eventually help India win the match. Also, he won the Player of the Match award for his performance.

With his maiden half-century in T20I cricket, he became the oldest Indian batter to score a half-century in T20 International (T20I) cricket.

At 37 years and 16 days, Karthik went past Dhoni, who scored a 28-ball unbeaten 52 against South Africa in 2018 at 36 years and 229 days.

MS Dhoni, Indian Player
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Oldest Indians To Score T20I Fifty:

37 years, 16 days – Dinesh Karthik (against South Africa, 2022)

36 years, 229 days – MS Dhoni (against South Africa, 2018)

35 years, 1 day – Shikhar Dhawan (against Australia, 2020)

I am feeling very secure in this setup – Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya. PC-BCCI
Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya. PC-BCCI

Speaking after the 4th T20I between India and South Africa, Player of the Match Dinesh Karthik said that he is feeling very secure in the Indian setup. He asserted:

“Just feels good. I am feeling very secure in this setup. In the last game things didn’t go according to plan, but I went and expressed myself today. I think DK is thinking a little better. He is able to assess situations better and that comes with practice. Credit to my coach.”

He credited head coach Rahul Dravid for maintaining calmness in the dressing room and helping India bounce back strong after losing the first two games of the series back-to-back. He also said that the clarity and the environment have helped him do well for the Indian team. He said:

“Credit to Rahul Dravid; there is a certain sense of calmness. The dressing room is a calm place right now. It is important to learn to embrace pressure. It feels secure and fuzzy. That clarity and the environment helped.”

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