My aim is to play for the country in T20 World Cup as a finisher: Dinesh Karthik

Although there have been times in his career when he has been on top of the game, as soon as his form has dipped, he has been left out. The story repeated itself after the ICC 2019 World Cup.
Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 5 June 2021 4:00 pm

Although Dinesh Karthik made his debut for India earlier than MS Dhoni, he failed to cement his place in the team. Moreover, Karthik was even part of the Test squad which last toured England and even featured in a couple of Test matches but things didn’t go as per the plan. This time around DK is far from a place in the Test team and he will be one of the commentators on the broadcast. Although there have been times in his career when he has been on top of the game, as soon as his form has dipped, he has been left out. The story repeated itself after the ICC 2019 World Cup.

Notably, Dinesh Karthik featured for India in the semifinal where he batted at number 5 but could not get the job done. As India lost the knockout match, the selectors conveniently overlooked Karthik owing to his age. However, the Tamil Nadu captain has revealed that he is still hopeful of making a national comeback at least in the shortest format of the game. Notably, there are two ICC T20 World Cups coming up in 2021 and 2022 and the Kolkata Knight Riders star believes he can make the cut for the Indian squad for these marquee events.

I am doing everything I can to be a part of T20 World Cup squad: DK

“What they want to see is not the age but how fit you are. If you can get through the fitness tests, it means you are ready to play for the country. My aim is to play for the country in the T20 World Cups. There are back-to-back T20 World Cups, this year and the next year, and I am doing everything I can to be a part of that,” Karthik told Cricket Next in an interview.

“I know I have done really well in the past and even when I got dropped from the team after the World Cup, I thought I had done phenomenally well for India in T20s up till then, but because the World Cup did not go well, I got chucked out of the T20 as well,” he added.

Karthik outlined that although there are finishers like Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the side he is aiming the role of a middle-order specialist batsman who can also finish the game.

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