Dinesh Karthik made his debut for India 17 years ago in 2004. Yet he has only played a handful of matches for India. The rise of MS Dhoni meant that Dinesh Karthik was on the sidelines for most matches and in the limited opportunities he got, he failed to impress. He’s been in and out of the team throughout his career. He was drafted into the Indian squad for the 2019 World Cup but once again failed to grab his opportunity. Many feel that Karthik’s international career is done and dusted now.
However, the wicketkeeper-batsman has expressed his wish to represent India in at least one of the two T20I World Cups scheduled in 2021 and 2022. Karthik believes he is still good enough to represent India at the highest level.
“I want to play the sport as long as I am fit. I want to represent India in at least one World Cup of the next two, I think one is in Dubai and the next is in Australia. I had a fab time with the Indian T20 team till the time I was dropped fue to an unsuccessful World Cup campaign,” Dinesh Karthik said while speaking on the podcast ’22 Yarns’ With Gaurav Kapur.
Karthik further reckoned that the Indian team is laced with top-order batsmen thus he could fit in the role of a pure middle-order batsman. The Tamil Nadu cricketer feels a stellar second leg of the Indian Premier League might help him get into the selectors’ eye for the T20 World Cup squad.
“I still play in the IPL for KKR. India does need a pure middle-order batsman. They have a lot of top-order batsmen who they slot in thye middle-order. Barring Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja there is no one who is a middle-order batsman. They all bat for their franchises from opening to No.3, with only exception being Rishabh Pant who bats at No.4,” Dinesh Karthik concluded.
Meanwhile, Karthik has taken up commentary as a secondary career option. He was one of the two Indians who were part of the commentary panel of the host broadcaster in the World Test Championship final. His commentary was widely appreciated by the fans and experts.
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