Indian wicket-keeper and batter, Dinesh Karthik has expressed that he still wants to be a part of the Indian cricket team, especially in the T20I format of the game and that he is interested in taking up the role of the ‘finisher’ within the batting lineup for the Men in Blue.
Talking to ANI, a 36-year old Karthik shared that he is completely dedicated to making a return to the Indian lineup and continues to train and practice every single to towards reaching that goal. He has also established a timeline to make his dreams come true. He has given himself three years to do everything in his ability to realise his dream.View this post on Instagram
It is because of this determination that Karthik continues to appear in domestic tournaments such as the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Vijay Hazare contest. Considering the kind of success the Tamil Nadu team has had recently and Karthik was a part of it (albeit, not for the entire tournament), suggests that he may still have what it takes to bring the desired results for the team.
Fondly known for his 29-run knock in just 8 balls against Bangladesh during the Nidhas Cup 2018 final, Karthik has managed to maintain a decent stat line for himself in the shortest format of the game and is hoping to make it better and make the Indian cricket team selectors the benefits on having him aboard. In his last 13 T20I innings for India as a finisher, DK averaged 71.66 and had a strike rate of 158.08 (215 runs, 136 balls, 3 dismissals).View this post on Instagram
However, with the Men in Blue currently undergoing a complete overhaul and the selectors looking at younger players to establish the new core for Team India in the next four to five years, DK (who will be 39 in three years) may have to deal with extreme challenges even if he maintains some fantastic statistics with his bat.
Even the fans started trolling the man for trying to make a comeback to the highest level of competitive cricket there is and said that it may be time to water down those dreams.
To bhai ab time aa gaya hai us fire me pani dalne ka— ❖Mʀ᭄Ꮶᴀʀᴀɴ࿐ (@KaranSiddh) January 30, 2022
@DineshKarthik….tough ask. You would be 37 in a couple of months. With so many youngsters in the pipeline expecting to get picked for India would be a pipe dream. Frankly.— Sundar (@sunsuji17091) January 30, 2022
Gotta give it to the man for his optimism. I'm not sure it'll happen!— Ramana! (@Ramana1907) January 30, 2022January 30, 2022
Dil behlaane ke liye khayal accha hai— Dr Sagar Garg (@DrGumsNProbes) January 30, 2022
A great advocate of the game, Karthik also managed to land a commentary gig in the United Kingdom back in 2021 during the India-New Zealand one-off match during the World Test Championship final, followed by the India-England Test series as well. His skills behind the microphone were well received too, apart from a couple of controversial comments that he made in excitement and had to apologise for.