Mumbai: In 2006 a young Dinesh Karthik won the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his cheeky 30-run knock in India’s first T20 International. Sixteen years later, Karthik, 37, with 330 shortest format matches under his belt, is showing signs of being another eternal comeback of Indian cricket, trying to do justice to that extraordinary talent. with whom he is blessed.

“I made a conscious effort to do justice to myself,” said Karthik, who scored 44 off 23 balls to help RCB win over Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match on Tuesday. I felt I could have done better over the years.” Karthik, who has always been in demand during every edition of the IPL, has not been picked for India after their semi-final loss against New Zealand in the 2019 ODI World Cup.

His form took a nosedive for KKR over the past two years and 18 years after his India debut, Karthik is well aware that his prodigious legacy of 8-ball-29 runs in the Nidahas Trophy may not be enough when he It’s called. So how was it different and the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper, who literally dashed Ravichandran Ashwin’s dream of T20I comeback, subjugated him, said that he has changed his training methods.

Karthik said at the post-match presentation ceremony, “The way I have trained is different. I was telling myself that I am not done yet. I have a goal and I want to achieve something.” When he came in, RCB needed 12 runs per over and Karthik launched his teammate Ashwin with a boundary behind the square, followed by six overs at long-on and a rocket-like shot at mid-off and the end In added insult to injury. Reverse Sweep.

“We needed 12 runs in an over, so you need to figure out what to do. Keep calm, know your game and who you can compete with.” A career strikerate of 134 and an average of 27.58 don’t do justice to the kind of ability that he possesses. He knows he doesn’t have many years of cricket left in him and is trying to maximize his usefulness. He no longer plays red-ball cricket and knows it is T20 that will remain his calling through the end of his career.

During the commentary great Sunil Gavaskar said that Karthik explained his mindset and imagination about various T20 strokes during his quarantine period in Belgrade before leaving for his commentary stint at the World Test Championship last year.

In Kartik’s own words, he tries to emulate the circumstances. “I have tried to play white-ball cricket, practice matches and scenarios. Those are the hours when no one is watching. The real work is done in the lead-up, which I will give credit for.” His tendency to find the right intervals at the right times makes him a dangerous operator in this format. He shuffles and angles, forcing the bowler to make mistakes in his line and length. “You have to pre-meditate in T20s, but if that’s not the case, you have to have the ability to change shots.”