August 9, 2022
West Indies vs India – 4th T20I – Dinesh Karthik


According to batsman Dinesh Karthik, the various challenges posed by the conditions in the Caribbean will help in India’s preparation to face different conditions during the T20 World Cup in Australia. After playing the first three T20Is in the West Indies, the teams have shifted to Lauderhill, Florida for the last two matches of the series this weekend.
Karthik was among those who rose to the top of the two-paced pitch at Tarouba for the first T20I and used the odd ground dimensions to his advantage. India faced a sharp cross wind in the second and third matches at St. Kitts. After struggling to adapt in the second T20I, India fared much better in the third to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

“I think it’s very interesting because even in the World Cup the three grounds that directly come to my mind are Sydney – [where] The arms are a little short and the straights long – in Adelaide, we all know that the arms are too short and again, straights are long, whereas in Melbourne, it’s the exact opposite – straights are short and arms are too big. So, obviously, wherever we are going to play, we are going to face different grounds, so the challenges are going to be different.

“Here, everywhere we’ve played, the challenges are different. So, the fact is, every time you get an opportunity, there’s a certain challenge that just comes with running. That in itself is pressure. Major one of the things that Rohit [Sharma] and rahul [Dravid] In the beginning of this series we have talked about compatibility and understanding situations. I think it’s something we’ve done very well so far.”

Twelve Indian players, including Karthik, have largely sealed their places for the T20 World Cup, leaving seven or eight contenders competing for the remaining three slots. Looking at India’s rich talent pool, Karthik said it would be difficult for the selectors to make it to the last 15.

“Look, right now in the Indian team, we have the ability to drop two teams or maybe three teams in terms of the number of players available,” he said. “I don’t think many countries can be proud of this, so out of a good lot of 40 players with just 15 players to play, there’s going to be 20-25 players who are going to think: ‘Geez! I could have made that. crew’.

“As a cricketer at the moment the pressure is a privilege [and] as a player. it is something that is given to [you] Only when playing at the highest level and when people expect certain things from you.”

Karthik on facing pressure

Lately, Karthik has excelled in his role as a finisher, winning games for his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore and for India – both at home and away. He has a strike rate of 205.55 in death overs (17-20) since the start of IPL 2022. Only James Neesham (227.65) and Tim David (226.72) have a better strike rate than Karthik in all T20s during this period. The role of a finisher comes with pressure and Kartik has learned to embrace it.

“As a cricketer at the moment the pressure is a privilege [and] As a player,” said Karthik. “It is something that is given [you] Only when playing at the highest level and when people expect certain things from you. So, I am happy; I think what is important is to make sure what the match situation is, read the game and try to give the best that day.”

Karthik once again credited India’s team management for nurturing an environment that gave players security and opportunities to grow in their roles despite failures.

“It is the happiest thing that I have been a part of the Indian team… The amount of love and affection I have received, not only from the team and fans but also from the captain and coach.

“That’s the goal I’ve set for the rest of my life and for the captain and coach to show so much faith in me, it’s only fitting that I repay the faith by performing which will help the team cross the line in many ways, and that I’m done trying.”

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