In the form of his life, veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik on Saturday (April 16) said that he is ‘trying everything’ to make a comeback in the Indian team.
The 36-year-old Karthik, who started his journey in international cricket in 2004, hasn’t kept a leg up in the ongoing IPL 2022, playing some fine innings for his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, who spent Rs 5.5 crore on him. auction.
He extended his scintillating form with a blistering knock of 66 off 34 balls, paving the way for RCB’s 16-run victory over Delhi Capitals.
“I have to admit that I have a big goal. I am working really hard. My aim is to do something special for the country. This is part of my journey. I am trying my best to be a part of the Indian team. Player of the match Karthik said at the presentation ceremony.
Karthik with his exceptional batting has filled the void created by the departure of the great AB de Villiers in the RCB establishment.
“It’s nice to know that people associate Shanti with me. Status and peace come from preparation. Shahbaz (with whom he has added 74 runs) is a special player, he will do special things as a player. He is up for a challenge. He can hit the ball for a long time.” Karthik said.
Karthik has increased his chances of getting selected for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia.
RCB captain Faf du Plessis praised Karthik fiercely. You needed a special innings to score 190 runs and the credit goes to the two boys, Shahbaz and DK. We thought we weren’t as good at death bowling as we wanted to, so today we had a special plan.
“It was very wet out there, and many teams would fall through what they had started. But we stuck. A nice win.”
“The way DK is playing at the moment, I think it is like a broken record, but he is playing the best he has ever played. He’s so candid, calm and composed.” Du Plessis said.
Karthik was at his devastating best against Mustafizur Rahman, dismissing the left-arm pacer for 28 in the 18th over, which proved decisive in the end.
That over from Mustafizur was a game changer for us. I think we could have bowled according to our plan but in the latter half we were a little below DK. I have said before, we have to learn from our mistakes,” DC Captain Rishabh Pant said.