During the three-month long down under tour, India tested a lot of players at various positions in order to find the best possible combinations for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. In that attempt, India also conceded the recent T20I series in New Zealand as many new players were given opportunities to push their case for a probable World Cup spot. After performing consistently in the few matches he played, Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik is one such name who has most likely secured his place in the squad for the mega event scheduled in England and Wales.
I am very flexible in my batting
In the last few ODIs, Karthik has mostly batted lower down the order at No. 6 and the Indian team management has handed him the role of finishing games at that position. During a recent conversation with TOI; Karthik mentioned that he too prefers to bat down the order and finish games on consistent basis. He also revealed that he is willing to bat at any position for the betterment of his team.
"It is something I have consistently worked on. The ability to finish games, assess what's required in the middle and then be able to help the team cross the finish line excites me. I am very flexible in my batting and wherever the team demands me to bat - No. 4, 5 or 6 - I am willing to do that," said Dinesh Karthik as quoted by TOI.
During the recently concluded third T20I match between New Zealand and India, Karthik faced a lot of flak for denying a crucial single in the last over of the game. India eventually lost that match by a short margin of 4 runs and with that they also lost the T20I series 2-1. Talking about the incident, Karthik stated that Krunal Pandya was batting brilliantly at the other end and he was the one who brought India back into the game. The wicket-keeper batsman blamed himself for not finishing the game successfully.
"Krunal batted brilliantly in that game and it is credit to him that we could take the team right till the very end of the game. It's just that I couldn't finish things off," he added.
"To get 68 from 28 was always going to be a daunting task. The fact that we lost the match by 4 runs shows that we believed in ourselves. We were the last recognised batsmen and we took it till the end and that required a lot of courage," Karthik further added.