Dinesh Karthik’s desire to “play this World Cup” is “Very Bullheaded.”
After his game-winning performance against South Africa in the fourth T20I, Dinesh Karthik declared that he understood the value of representing Team India.
Dinesh Karthik was India’s hero with the bat during the fourth T20I on Friday in Rajkot. His 55 runs off 27 balls helped India post a winning total of 169 for six against South Africa. India was in trouble at 81 for 4 in 12.5 overs when Karthik walked out to bat. But the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman and Hardik Pandya turned the tide in India’s favor with a 65-run partnership off only 33 balls for the fifth wicket. The South Africans were expelled for 87 since the amount proved to be more than enough. With their win, India was able to tie the five-match T20I series at 2-2.
Dinesh Karthik’s return to the Indian team has been nothing short of a fairytale. His condition got better when Royal Challengers Bangalore chose him in the IPL mega auction. He then ignited the IPL 2022 by playing some great batsmanship and performing the finisher’s position perfectly.
In the IPL 2022, he averaged 55 runs per game and had a stunning strike rate of 183.33. Due to his performances, Dinesh Karthik was called back into the Team India roster.
“So, I was quite adamant about wanting to play because I have been around for so long and the World Cup is so important to me. I know what it’s like to be left behind. I wanted to do something special because I recognize the importance of representing Team India. Fortunately, RCB gave me that chance and the backend position I really like. I got ready for it. Now that I am here, I want to be the one who can help India win those difficult games. I am aware of how challenging it is to be a member of this team. It has a whole different energy,” Dinesh Karthik informed Hardik Pandya in a video that was posted to BCCI.tv.
Dinesh Karthik emphasized to Hardik that the squad needed to put South Africa under pressure after a subpar first 10 overs and brought up his batting performances in the fourth T20I.
As you may remember, Hardik, during the journey from Vizag to Rajkot, we talked about how to handle particular situations. As a middle-order batter, you must be mindful of your possible targets because it is easy to bat alongside you. I know what to say and anticipate.
“At initially, we don’t talk much as we bat, but as the partnership grows, it becomes a little more fun. It was a vital inning for us because we were trailing 2-1 and had seen them dominate the first 10 to 12 overs. They put a lot of pressure on us, and it was a challenging wicket to bat on. Therefore, I thought it was imperative that we apply pressure to them once more with the way we batted “said the 37-year-old.
India and South Africa will face each other in the final T20I series match on Sunday in Bengaluru.