Dinesh Karthik’s cricketing career has taken a turn around ever since his call up in the Indian squad which has now made him a key member of the Indian XI, especially as the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 edges closer.
With Ambati Raydu calling it a day, in First Class cricket, only to solely focus in the limited overs format, DK was asked the same question if he had the same decision in the back of his head in order to tunnel his vision in playing for India.
“No, I haven’t thought about it because I really enjoy playing for Tamil Nadu. I think one of the joys of the sport is playing for the state. The minute I think that people see me as a burden playing for Tamil Nadu I will take a step back,” Karthik was quoted saying.
“I will play for Tamil Nadu as long as possible only because of the dream of winning that one title for me – the Ranji Trophy. Still not been able to achieve it, so I will keep trying as many years as I can play for Tamil Nadu,” he further added
Though Karthik might secretly be hoping to be a regular starter in the World, the veteran batsman wants to stay focused on the present and is eyeing a good run with the bat in the series versus Australia, followed by New Zealand, soon after.
“It has been a phenomenal year. Very happy to be in the place that I am. There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Actually, it is interesting times. I am not thinking so far ahead. Because as soon as I start thinking about the World Cup and all that there will be more pressure than what is already there. There is obviously the Australia series, New Zealand series. There is a lot of cricket coming up, I need to focus on that … the best I can do and take it from there,” said the batting specialist.
With MS Dhoni’s slump in form with the bat, Dinesh Karthik is turning out to be a newly molded finisher that India was searching for. His heroic knock in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh, where he smashed a last-ball six to win India the match. Karthik states that finishing an innings is an aspect that he is currently working on, and hopes that his touch late down the order continues.
“Look, I think that’s one aspect that I have been trying to work on, trying to finish games. I try to practice in such a way that I put myself in situations where I can practice that and things have been coming out pretty well in those kinds of tense situations,” conceded the wicketkeeper-batsman.
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