Former Indian Cricketers Are Back Dinesh Karthik’s Inclusion In The Test Team: There is a time in every cricketer’s career when he peaks. The problem with most is, they rise at the wrong time, but not Dinesh Karthik.
Former Indian Cricketers Are Back Dinesh Karthik’s Inclusion In The Test Team
The 33-year-old made his international debut back in the year 2004 and to date has only played 23 Test, 79 ODIs, and 20 T20Is out of which he is played 8 ODIs in the last one year. A stop and start career do not mean Karthik is not a fit for the highest level.
The fact that MS Dhoni got in and owned the wicketkeeper’s spot in the Indian team since his debut did not let Karthik or any other keeper in the likes of Parthiv Patel and even Wriddhiman Saha get into the groups.
All this while Dinesh Karthik’s working hard in the domestic cricket kept himself motivate and answering the call whenever the there was one from the national selectors.
He has now picked in the Indian Test team as a replacement for Saha who is injured and ruled out of the Afghanistan match.
What has worked in Dinesh Karthik’s favor is the fact that he is playing some brilliant knocks as a pure batsman in limited-overs cricket, led the Kolkata Knight Riders from the front in the Indian Premier League and maintained his rich form with the bat and continues to be a safe man behind the stumps.
However, the last time he is playing a Test match was in the year January 2010.
But the former cricketer and experts feel Karthik is the best choice for the position, in fact, they will want to opt for him even if Saha was fit.
Although Karthik has not played a Test for a long time now, he has played enough to know what Test cricket is. Most importantly, he seems to be in an excellent both physically and mentally.
He has been brilliant in white-ball cricket for India in the last few months and also took on the responsibility of leading a big side like KKR in the Indian Premier League.
I believe he also realizes that this could well be the last opportunity for him and will want to make use of this. I do not doubt in my mind that he is ready to take this opportunity, former Indian Wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta told Times of India on Saturday.
One of the critical elements in Karthik’s re-emergence at the highest level is guidance from his mentor Abhishek Nayar, a former Mumbai, and India cricketer.
The dip has worked on his physical game as well as his mental state. Ahead of the Afghanistan Test, Nayar will join DK in Bangalore, and they will prepare for a week leading into the Test.
A Test recalling means the world to him. When we started working together, we did not dream or imagine that he can get back into the Test cricket. We were realistic with the Indian Premier League and stuff.
I think we are get together and start working from the June 6th in the Bangalore.
So, Dinesh will have a good week or so to prepare to lead into the Test, Nayar was quoting as saying by Times of India.
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