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  1. As the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the names of the 15 cricketers who will be representing the nation in the upcoming 2019 World Cup in England and Wales this May, a war of sorts started to rage on between the followers of youngblood Rishabh Pant and those of the veteran wicket-keeping batsman, Dinesh karthik, who is going to play in the World Cup for the second time after waiting for 12 long years. When the team was officially announced on Monday, Karthik was sharing a meal with his wife and ace squash player Dipika Pallikal, and Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore. It was Pallikal's father who called to give the cricketer the good news and made him nearly jump out of his seat. View this post on Instagram Happy Women's Day to all you wonder women out there! I'm so fortunate to always have such an inspiring woman by my side! A post shared by Dinesh Karthik (@dk00019) on Mar 8, 2019 at 7:32am PST "It is a special occasion. I am really lucky and grateful," said the veteran in a media gathering at his hotel on Tuesday. DK has been one of India's top players for quite a stint now and even though he was dropped for the series against the visiting Australians in March, he was never thrown out of the discussion while deciding the World Cup team. "My journey for the 2019 World Cup began when I returned to the Indian team in 2017. I started believing that if I do something special, I can be a part of this amazing team that will play the World Cup," he said. One could see Karthik's real potential as a hitter with skills enough to show up in the clutch and end matches in favour of his side during the 2018 Nidahas Cup final against Bangladesh when he scored 29 runs off just 8 balls to win the trophy whilst deflating the notorious Bangladeshi bowling line-up. Remembering the brilliant innings, Karthik said: “A lot of credit should go to Abhishek Nayar for making me play the finisher's role. He made me believe that it was a skill that I could acquire if I practice in a certain way and learn to a few types of shots. However, I never planned to be a finisher. I just tried to be consistent and deliver in crunch situations.” Opening about being chosen over Pant for the number four spot, Karthik addressed the gathering when he said: “There will always be someone who will miss out. That's the nature of the game… He (Pant) was aware of his opportunity and so was I. If he had been selected, I would have been disappointed. Now that I have been selected, I am sure he is a bit disappointed.” A couple of days ago, former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh may have taken a shot at the Tamil Nadu player saying that the active wicket-keeper of the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni needed no backup and the presence of KL Rahul's name on the list can take care of the situation had Dhoni faced an injury. Karthik, on the other hand is just happy to be where he is right now and brings along the willingness to play whatever role the team will need of him. Addressing the concerns related to Dhoni, he said: “I am just that small first-aid kit that will travel with the team. If he (Dhoni) gets injured then I will be the band-aid for a day." “I am however, aware that I can bat at number four or be the finisher, if given an opportunity,” mentioned the confident athlete. Such is the nature of the KKR skipper. A blend of humbleness in heart, faith in his hardwork and an open mindset allowing him to mould himself according to the changing needs of time, has made the cricketer one of the most liked members of an extremely skilled and talent-laden team that will be competing for the greatest honour and recognition there is in the cricketing world in less than a month and a half.
  2. On Monday, a couple of hours before the final list of India's top 15 cricketers who will be representing the nation in the greatest contest of the cricketing world, was declared, former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh shared his thoughts on the decision to select one of two players in particular. In an interview with India Today, Bhajji spoke about the lack of need of a secondary or backup wicket-keeper to the current man behind the stumps, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Showing his utmost faith in the former skipper, he believes that the Indian squad are more than good enough to be successful at the 2019 ICC World Cup with just a single wicket-keeping maestro, thereby also announced his apprehensions about both Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant being selected. “It's not that Dhoni does not have niggles. Playing cricket with him I know he has some back issues but with his experience, he knows how to play with all that,” Singh told India Today. © Reuters Not to let his devotion toward Dhoni get the better of him, Harbhajan also spoke of how KL Rahul is well qualified and experienced to fill in Mahi's shoes if the 37-year-old suffered a serious injury. “I don't think you need any backup for Dhoni unless he suffers from any major injury during the World Cup. In case of any minor niggle, you do have KL Rahul in the squad who can keep.” Singh also showed some love for the Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer, Navdeep Saini, who's fresh bowling style and raw pace has not only impressed cricketers like Sourav Ganguly and himself during 2019 season of the Indian Premier League but also in the domestic circuit. “You need a fourth specialist seamer in England too and Navdeep Saini would be my pick. Not just because he has bowled well in IPL which in itself is credible in Bangalore's batting friendly wickets but also because he has won Ranji matches in the past, so he comes with domestic experience,” he said.
  3. While the entire nation is filled with hope after the announcement of a 'balanced' Indian squad for the World Cup 2019, critics are still divided over the selection of Dinesh Karthik over the popular choice Rishabh Pant, in the 15-man squad. Answering this, the five-member panel of the BCCI that announced the squad, gave an explanation behind opting for Karthik's experience over Pant's flair. MSK Prasad, the Chief Selector of the Indian team said: “All of us felt that either Pant or Kartik will only come into playing XI if Mahi is injured. If it is a crucial match, wicket-keeping also matters, so that is the only reason why we went ahead with Dinesh Kartik otherwise Rishabh Pant was almost there.” Well deserved place for DK. — KD Deshmukh (@ImKrishna423) April 15, 2019 Very Gud BCCI...DK got wht he deserves â¤ï¸ — Ayega To Modi Hi ð®ð³â¤ï¸ (@shikhag802) April 15, 2019 come on guyz pant is young guy he needs lot of time to be in world cup squad... may be in next worldcup he will be there dnt wry.. dk deserves this opportunity... — joseph (@joseph_kurvila) April 15, 2019 While all the dropped catches and sloppy work with the gloves behind the stumps cost Pant a ticket to the United Kingdom, Karthik made it to the 15 on the grounds of apparently better glovework. Despite his flamboyance with the bat, Pant leaves a lot to be desired in terms of wicketkeeping. The Delhi lad's verbal volleys might be fun to listen to from the stump mic, but he's already conceded more than 100 byes in his short stint as the wicketkeeper of the Indian Test team. © AP On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik, who has been around the team since the past decade, was the first choice keeper for the Indian team before the arrival of Dhoni. It seems only legit that he be given one last shot at attaining World Cup glory before the torch is passed on to the Pant generation of Indian keepers. Apart from Pant, the exclusion of Ambati Rayudu also divided the house on the internet. In his absence, either Vijay Shankar or KL Rahul will be asked to fill in the number four spot. Elsewhere, the usual suspects' slot right in. There's the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, followed by skipper Virat Kohli. The lower middle order features World Cup-winning former captain MS Dhoni, and Kedar Jadhav, followed by Hardik Pandya and the bowlers. Umesh Yadav misses out and so does Khaleel Ahmed. Ravindra Jadeja finds a place as an experienced bowling option, who can also chip in with the bat.
  4. In what was considered to be one of the most controversial tri-series of 2018, the Nidahas Trophy between India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka saw a rare show of skills, patience and explosive batting when Indian wicket keeper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik took control of the final, deflated the Bangladeshi bowling line-up and won the trophy for the Men in Blue exactly one year ago, today. Returning to the top roster after a long gap, the tri-series was more of a test for the then 32-year-old, a question of whether he's still got what it takes to be a part of the best cricket team in the world. While India managed to make it to the final of the series without requiring a lot of help from the righty, skipper Rohit Sharma (https://www.mensxp.com/topic/rohit-sharma.html) and the squad demanded a miracle of an innings by him to be able to win it all, late in the game. When Karthik entered the field after Manish Pandey's dismissal, India required to score 34 runs off the last two overs. The need for Karthik to hit big shots was of utmost importance as his co-batsman Vijay Shankar was struggling to connect the deliveries with his bat. Karthik, however, had different plans altogether. Stepping on the batting crease in the 19th over, he scored 22 runs off Rubel Hossain's deliveries while also sending the last ball for a maximum to bring the trophy to India. "Really happy to come out of this performance. Really happy for the team. We've played really well in this tournament and to not win the final would have been unfortunate. It was not that easy to bat there,” said a modest Dinesh Karthik after the game who was also named the Man of the Match for his short yet impactful innings.
  5. Back in 2004, the sight of Dinesh Karthik - horizontal on the ground - as he stumped Michael Vaughan to record his first dismissal as a wicket-keeper for his country, was probably the first sign of Indian cricket's tryst with athleticism. In a generation, that valued skill and technique over athleticism, Karthik was a bright spark that failed to make a mark at the international stage. His international career never took off as, by the time he began producing consistent performances in domestic cricket, the wicketkeeping batsmen's role was well taken over by Mahendra Singh Dhoni who continues to reign supreme (at least in limited-overs cricket). While Dhoni made his presence felt from behind the stumps and later took over the reins as India's captain, Karthik's failure to make his second chances count further pushed him in abyss. But, the Tamil Nadu cricketer didn't give up. And, learning from his mistakes, the right-hander continued to amass runs in domestic cricket. His hardwork and patience finally presented him an opportunity to right his wrongs and, for a man who was lurking in the shadows of Dhoni, didn't disappoint. AP Roped in for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, Karthik made the opportunity count by producing one of the finest batting finishes in the history of ODI cricket. Playing in the final against Bangladesh, India was edging close to what would've been an embarrassing win, the right-hander scored 29 runs off just eight deliveries - including a last ball six - to seal a nail-biting win for India. It was that performance from Karthik that gave a second wind to his international career. With Dhoni already retired from Test cricket, Karthik was being dubbed as India's new wicket-keeping option in the longest format and, maybe when time comes, the deserving successor to MSD. But, once again, Karthik had to endure a heartbreak as he saw young Rishabh Pant rising through the ranks to, now, establish his reputation as Dhoni's successor. Fantastic run chase by India . Excellent 100 from Virat, he makes it look very easy. Was wonderful to see Dhoni finish of the game beautifully and Dinesh Karthik's cameo was very very important in the end. The final game should be a cracker. — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 15, 2019 Despite the turn of events, Karthik has tried to make a mark in the limited opportunites he has got so far. Chipping in with quickfire innings, keeping the wickets and even contributing to his side as a fielder; Karthik has done it all. But, still, there's not much credit for his showing. Lovely cameo by Karthik. He now plays this role as well as anybody. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 15, 2019 The second ODI between India and Australia, once again, had a similar script for Karthik who, despite playing a pivotal knock for his side, quietly slipped under the radar as the cricket fans celebrated the Virat Kohli's 39th ton and Dhoni's 69th fifty in the 50-over format. But, amid the Kohli-Dhoni show, Karthik, too, deserved praise for his 14-ball 25. Though his individual score in 20s might not seem too magnanimous against the ones recorded by Kohli and Dhoni, Karthik's knock, those who saw the game till the very end would agree, was not easy. Splendid hand being played by Dinesh Karthik... — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 15, 2019 With not much room for error, the middle-order batsman was successful in his strokeplay, taking pressure off Dhoni at the other end. In the last five overs, when the more popular cricketer couldn't find the big shots or run as fast as he used to, Karthik produced boundaries on his own to subside any panic in the Indian run-chase. That was a superb little cameo from Dinesh Karthik. He only faced one dot ball, scored six ones, four twos, one three and two fours in his 25* (14). He alleviated the pressure with minimal risk. A classic finisher's innings. #AUSvIND — Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) January 15, 2019 In the end, it was Dhoni who typically smashed a six to get India in touching distance before taking the winning single to silence his critics and sending the Indian cricket fans into delirium. But, if Dhoni is credited for finishing the game for India, then Karthik should also be lauded for his supporting act (even if it was small).
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