“I wish I had done this a little earlier…”: Karthik reveals the addition of a new dimension | locust
Dinesh Karthik has been enjoying the finisher role since returning to the national team. The 37-year-old wicket-beater gave the late impetus to the Indian innings, making the case for the upcoming World T20 in Australia. He hit a windy 41 not just 19 deliveries and was instrumental in India’s win over West Indies in the opening Twenty20 of the current series. Read also | ‘Take care of your cricket, don’t tell us what to do, don’t interfere’: Gavaskar tears England and Australia apart
At present, Karthik has a definite role, having reveled in his new batting task in the final overs of the 20-over format. He may have found the right recipe, but Karthik said he didn’t work much on his “power shots” early in his career.
Karthik made his debut for India in 2004 but enjoyed a stop-start run at the top level. He was also part of the team that won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
“Powerful strike. It’s something I worked on a lot. I wish I had done that a little earlier in my career. But, for the moment, it’s going well,” said Karthik ahead of the fourth Twenty20 against the Caribbean.
Karthik also praised the current management of the team and spoke of repaying the trust the skipper and coach have placed in him. “Extremely happy (with the support). That’s what I’ve been aiming for all my life. And for the captain and the coach to show that much confidence in me, it’s only right that I return his confidence by giving good performances, which will help the team, in many ways, to cross the line.” he added.
Karthik had a seven-year spell from 2010 to 2017 that didn’t give him a single Twenty20 game. Cut to the present, he is among the top players set to headline World T20, starting in October.
“Players have the opportunity to fail. It’s very important to give players the opportunity to fail and then move on to the next player. In India right now there are so many players. But here you get value for what you’ve accomplished over a period of time. That’s something that has to be respected with this coaching staff.
India currently leads the five-game series 2-1 and a victory in game four will seal the mission.