Many of the players’ careers were dependent on the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Now with the huge uncertainty over the IPL 2020 due to the massive coronavirus outbreak, it will be very much difficult for some players who were looking to make a comeback in the national team after a stellar performance in the IPL. Indian team management is yet to decide their first-choice wicket-keeper batsman for the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.
KL Rahul currently looks as the top-contender for the slot with brilliant performances in white-ball cricket in the recent while. Rishabh Pant, who warmed the bench during the limited-overs leg of the New Zealand tour, is also in the line. There were also speculations about MS Dhoni’s return to the national side in case he does extremely well in the IPL. In the recent development, Dinesh Karthik has also stated that he is hopeful of his return in India’s T20 setup.
Karthik was last seen in the India colours during the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand. Since then, he suddenly vanquished from the scenes. During a recent interview, Karthik talked about his formidable T20 numbers and his chances of making a possible return for the 2020 T20 World Cup.
"It does hurt, no doubt about that. I have always had this burning desire to play for my country and it hasn't diminished one bit," quoted Dinesh Karthik.
"My record in T20s has been good. A big tournament like the World Cup did not go exactly as per the plan. I could understand the one day bit (being dropped from ODIs) but even now I would like think that I stand a good chance in returning to the T20 side,” he added.
In 32 T20Is, Karthik has scored close to 400 runs at a decent average of 33.25 with a strike-rate of 143.53. It is also a fact that the right-handed wicket-keeper batsman had performed really well for India in the finisher’s role. With a remarkable last ball six, he helped India to an unbelievable victory in the final of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh in the final.
"I have done well even in the recent domestic games that I have played. I have no reason to doubt myself (that I can't make another comeback)."
"There is a T20 World Cup round the corner and I know if I do well, I stand a good chance of making the team. I know it gets tougher every time. The team is getting stronger all the time and it is great to watch. But it is my duty to get better as a player and the rest will take care of itself,” Karthik noted.
"With everything that has been happening, I am not able to think too much about the IPL. I have moved into a state where I have accepted that it is not going to happen for now. Before the lockdown, I was practising really hard for the IPL, just like I did it every other tournament. There is still a lot of hope (of playing for India again), it is always there. In fact, the entire world is living on hope right now," he concluded.
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