'100 Percent Ready...': 38-Year-Old India Veteran Makes Himself Available For T20 World Cup

RCB wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has made himself available for the T20 World Cup. Karthik has been in great form in the ongoing IPL, scoring 226 runs at a strike rate of over 200. Karthik's explosive batting has got him in the reckoning for the India T20 World Cup 2024 squad.
Dinesh Karthik Makes Himself Available For T20 World Cup

Dinesh Karthik Makes Himself Available For T20 World Cup (Source: PTI)

RCB wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has made himself available for the T20 World Cup. Karthik has been outstanding for RCB in IPL 2024 and is the team's second-highest run-scorer after Virat Kohli, with 226 runs at a strike rate of over 200. IPL form will be a significant criteria for selection as the World Cup will be played immediately after the T20 extravaganza.
Notably, Karthik made it to India's squad for the T20 World Cup 2022 after a staggering show in IPL. However, he failed to make much impact and scored only 14 runs in four matches.
India are on a hunt for a wicketkeeper-batter and players like Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Jitesh Sharma and KL Rahul are in the fray. However, Karthik with his unique finishing abilities has also made a strong case. He recently made an explosive 83 in 35 balls against SRH in a daunting chase of 288, helping RCB reach 262. Karthik also made 53 off 23 balls against MI after which India captain Rohit Sharma teased him, saying he is eyeing a World Cup spot.
However, since Karthik's previous return to team India in the T20 World Cup 2022 did not yield positive results, the selectors might be hesitant to pick him again.
Karthik said it would be a feeling of great joy to represent India again but said he would respect the decision of Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid, and Ajit Agarkar.
"At this stage in my life, it would be the greatest feeling for me to represent India (at the upcoming T-20 World Cup). I'm very, very keen to do so. There is nothing bigger in my life other than representing India in this T-20 World Cup. I also feel there are three very, very stable, honest people who are at their helm to decide what should be the best Indian team for the World Cup. Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma, and Ajit Agarkar. And I'm completely with them. I respect any decision that they take. But all I can say is I'm 100% ready. And you know I'll do everything I can to be on that flight to the World Cup," said Dinesh Karthik at the RCB Pre-match PC.
Coming down the order for RCB, Karthik has provided the team with a strong finish with brisk cameos. On his finishing abilities, Karthik said he is not Andre Russell or Kieron Pollard who can clear the rope even with mishits thus he tries to stick to his strengths and play with the field.
"Look, I think these days as a player, you need to understand your strengths. I'm not [Andre] Russell or [Kieron] Pollard who can mishit a ball and get a six for it. So I need to understand how I do. How I can beat gaps, what sort of balls I can hit for boundaries. And I realised there was a certain pattern in which bowlers were bowling to me. So, I needed to try and work out a solution for that. And hence, when I practice, I try and understand, okay, this is what they're going to bowl at me. How am I going to get a boundary visualizing a field that is going to be in place for me? So I worked like that, and I worked backwards, and that's helped me, you know, really learn a couple of shots more, you know, at the back end. It's been great to go out there and express myself, and it's been thoroughly enjoyable to do what I'm doing for RCB as a finisher," Karthik added.
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