The date of 15th April, 2019 was a day full of surprises as the MSK Prasad-led selection committee conveniently announced the final 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The big talking point from the team announcement was the selection of Dinesh Karthik as the second wicket-keeper batsman and most importantly ahead of Rishabh Pant. However, MSK Prasad confirmed that Karthik has been selected due to his experience and temperament in the pressure situations.
"Definitely a case where we debated (at) length. We all (agreed) that either Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik will come in only when [Dhoni] is injured. In an important game, wicket keeping is also important. That's the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik," said the chief selector.
I am very excited
The happy go lucky- Dinesh Karthik mentioned that he is very much excited to get selected in the national team for the mega event. He revealed that it is a dream come true moment for him and noted that he really wanted to be part of the 15-member squad from a long time.
“I am very excited. It has been a dream for me to be a part of this team for a long time now. As a team, we have done some special things and I have been through that journey and I have really wanted to be a part of this team,” said Dinesh Karthik.
After some staggering consistent performances in the domestic circuit, Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik earned a recall to the Indian limited-overs setup. He was first tried at a number of spots, 4, 5 and 6, before getting finalized at the finisher’s position. He played some scintillating innings as a finisher, the astounding knock in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh, where he smashed Soumya Sarkar for a fabulous six to help India win the T20I competition and then Karthik also contributed with a valuable cameo to guide his team over the line in the third T20I against Australia in the same year.
Since making his debut long way back in 2004, Karthik has so far played 91 ODIs for India, scoring 1,738 runs at a decent average of 31.04 which also includes nine half-centuries.