Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik made his international debut for India before MS Dhoni, but on comparing their respective careers, the same cannot be said. Dhoni has had a legendary career in the limited-overs format, while Karthik has had a stop-start career. He has batted at various positions but has not managed to secure his position.
After failure in the few opportunities during the 2019 World Cup, Karthik was not considered for selection in the limited-overs series against West Indies and South Africa. However, it is almost impossible to keep a veteran like Karthik away from scoring runs. In the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, Karthik gave evidence of finishing prowess on two occasions.
In the game against Bengal, Karthik smashed 97 runs off only 62 balls and then went on to finish the match against Madhya Pradesh by playing a fabulous unbeaten innings of 65 runs off 28 balls. He is now aiming to find place in the Indian side for the 2020 T20 World Cup.
“I am glad I could make all those runs with just a few overs remaining, with the World Cup coming up. I know it is easy for me to bat in the top four and make big runs, but what I am trying to do is to stand up when the team is under pressure. M.S. Dhoni has done it for India for so many years,” quoted Dinesh Karthik.
Karthik mentioned that he is quite experienced when it comes to finishing matches in limited-overs format. He stated that finishing matches is one of his strengths. Karthik is confident of winning games for India whenever he gets the opportunity.
“I have done that often for the country, like at the Asia Cup last year and in some of my recent T20I matches. I relish my role as a finisher. That’s one of my strengths. Whenever I get an opportunity, I am confident I can win matches,” Karthik added.