Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who has been named in one-off Test against Afghanistan, talked about his days of struggle where he did not find any place in the Indian team because of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who redefined the role of a keeper-batsman.
The 33-year-old Karthik played his last match for India back in 2010.
“Look, I think I wasn’t good enough, rather I was not consistent enough. That was a highly competitive environment and there was someone called MS Dhoni breathing down my neck, which caused a lot of stir in world cricket at that point of time. He went on to become one of the greatest captains India has ever produced,” Karthik said ahead of his comeback Test against Afghanistan.
“So, I didn’t lose my place to some normal cricketer; he (Dhoni) was special. I respect him for that. At that stage, I could not produce enough performance to hold on to my side. I need to be honest with myself. Now, I have another opportunity and I guess, I will try my best,” Karthik added in an honest assessment.
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