Veteran Indian keeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has had a great 2022 so far. His comeback to the Indian cricket team has been phenomenal. Riding on the back of his strong performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League, DK was called by the selectors into the Indian set-up.
Dinesh Karthik Made A Blockbuster Comeback
Ever since his return, Dinesh Karthik has made the finisher spot in the team his own, scoring 174 runs in 13 T20Is so far. Recently, in the opening T20I match of the ongoing 5-match series against West Indies, DK once again put up a brilliant show as he played a stunning knock of 41 runs off just 19 balls, helping team India post a total of 190 runs on the board.
The Indian side is currently leading the ongoing five-match T20I series with 2-1, and ahead of the fourth match, DK addressed a press conference where he talked about his performances and expectations from the team.
“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,”
DK was also asked about what he has worked upon in his game, responding to this, he said: “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.”
He added: “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,”
DK Credited The Team Environment For Consistency And Continuity
Furthermore, Dinesh Karthik credited the environment of the team led by Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. DK expressed that this is the best team environment he has been part of and he also hailed the coaching staff for maintaining consistency and continuity. Taking a subtle dig at Kohli-Shastri led team, he said:
“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,”
He added: “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,”