Dinesh Karthik ‘bull-headed’ to play T20 World Cup & do something special

Dinesh Karthik added 65 runs for the fifth wicket with Hardik Pandya in the fourth T20I against South Africa on Friday (June 17). Picture Credit: Twitter/@BCCI

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dinesh Karthik scored his maiden T20I fifty for India on Friday (June 17).
  • The 37-year-old expresses his desire to play for India in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
  • Karthik was part of the MS Dhoni-led side that won the inaugural edition of World T20 in 2007.
After making his sensational comeback to the Indian team because of his heroes in the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore, veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik’s next target is to play for India in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Australia later this year.

Australia was initially supposed to host the mega event in 2020, but because of COVID-19 related issues, it was postponed to 2022.

The 37-year-old Dinesh Karthik, who is the only active cricketer from the Indian team that played in the first T20I match way back in 2006, scored his maiden T20I fifty on Friday against South Africa. It was because of his 27-ball 55 that India was able to post a fighting total of 169 runs for the loss of six wickets.

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And in a video interview shared by BCCI on his official Twitter handle, the right-handed batter was seen in conversation with star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, with whom he added 65 runs in Rajkot for the fifth wicket. In the clip, Karthik was seen telling Hardik about his future plans of playing for India in the upcoming T20 World Cup and how desperately he wanted to contribute to the team’s success.

“Look, I was very bull-headed that I want to play this World Cup. It is very important in my life. I have been around for so long. I know what it feels like to be dropped. I also know how valuable it is to play for Team India. I wanted to do something special. Luckily, RCB gave me that platform and the role can help India win those tough games. I know how tough it is to be part of this team. The vibe is very different,” Karthik said in a video,

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The Tamil Nadu lad, who scored 330 runs in 16 matches for the Virat Kohli-starrer side at an average of 55 and a strike rate of 183.33 in IPL 2022 this year, has won the T20 World Cup once before in his career. He was part of the Indian team that won the inaugural edition of the tournament under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2007.

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