IPL 2022 | It was an honor to see Dinesh Karthik beat again, says Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has praised Dinesh Karthik after the latter’s magnificent form at IPL 2022 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore secure another crucial victory, this time against Delhi Capitals by 16 points on Saturday April 16 . Kohli also said it was Karthik’s best release since IPL 2013.

It’s been a fairy tale story for Dinesh Karthik in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The 36-year-old returned to his former franchise Bangalore Royal Challengers (RCB) after being picked at INR 5.5 crore in the 2022 mega-auction. This paid rich dividends as Karthik turned back into a finisher.

So far in six innings, Karthik has only been fired once. He has already totaled 197 runs at a prodigious strike rate of 209.57, and his final 66-pitch on 34 balls, interlaced with five sixes and as many fours, helped his team beat the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 16 points in the game. 27 of the current edition at Wankhede Stadium. Karthik was rightfully named Player of the Match for his gallant effort.

In a video posted on the IPL website, Virat Kohli was seen interviewing Karthik after the DC game. Kohli credited Karthik for guiding the Red and Gold Brigade to a tough total after being down to 92/5 against DC. The former RCB skipper also claimed it was Karthik’s best IPL season since 2013.

“I’m here with the man of the moment, ‘the IPL man’ for me so far. It’s been wonderful. I won’t even say ‘let it go on for long’ because it will go on and you’re in the space one and I can see it. It was an honor to see you beat again. Thanks for getting us over the line. This is the best I’ve seen you beat since IPL 2013,” Kohli said in the video.

Karthik, who last played for India at the 2019 World Cup, went on to say that he set himself a long-term and short-term goal to make a comeback to India in the next T20 World Cup, which is set to take place in Australia later this year.

“There is a short-term objective and there is also a broader vision. The short-term objective is obviously to do very well for RCB. I think the credit goes to the behind the scenes staff at RCB. The day I was chosen, Sanjay bhai (Bangar) called me and said “DK, you will play the finisher”. We lost AB, we can’t replace him with someone half as good. We need 2-3 players to play this role”. He is so good,” Karthik recalled.

“Then I took it upon myself to figure out that ‘okay, that’s what I want to do.'” The biggest vision is that I want to play for the country. I know there is a World Cup around the corner. I desperately want to be part of this World Cup and help India cross that line.”

With four wins in six matches, RCB sit third in the points table. They will next meet Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Tuesday, April 19 at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.

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