The Indian 15-member squad for the 2019 World Cup is finally unveiled and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik is a happy-go lucky person. The Tamil Nadu cricketer is named in the World Cup squad in capacity of reserve wicket-keeper batsman and most importantly ahead of Rishabh Pant. However, the chief selector, MSK Prasad also mentioned that Karthik will get a chance to feature in the playing eleven, if the regular wicket-keeper MS Dhoni gets injured.
"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," quoted MSK Prasad.
He is always full of energy
During a recent interview, KKR assistant coach Simon Katich praised Karthik for his intense energetic attitude. Katich mentioned that the skipper is always high of energy and reckoned that he is very excited to be part of that World Cup team. The former Aussie cricketer stated that Karthik should now focus on doing well in the tournament and help his team winning the prestigious title.
“He (Karthik) is always full of energy. Now it’s about going out there and lift the trophy and achieve his ultimate goal,” said Simon Katich as quoted by PTI.
He is very consistent
Katich further praised the Indian cricketer for his consistency. He mentioned that Karthik has been performing the finisher’s role really well for the national team in the recent few months, but reckoned that he can bat up the order as well. Katich noted that Karthik is surely the perfect choice to take up the number four position in the national team at the 2019 World Cup.
“He’s very consistent. There’s no doubt he has done the job of a finisher when he got an opportunity. He can potentially bat higher. There’s a lot of talk around that No. 4 spot and he’s the sort of guy who likes to spend some time in the middle,” Katich added.
The KKR assistant coach stated that once Karthik is settled at the crease, it gets very hard to bowl against him. Katich mentioned that the wicket-keeper batsman who scored a fine half-century against Delhi Capitals (DC) recently, has got all the tricks and the power to clear the boundary ropes easily.
“Once he is set, he is very hard to bowl to at the back end of an innings. He has got all the tricks. He also has got the timing and and power to clear the rope particularly off the short ball. He played a couple of hook shots for sixes in Delhi,” the KKR assistant coach concluded.