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WI vs. IND 2022 |  This support is what I have been aiming for all my life, proclaims Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik expressed his gratitude for the support he has received since his recall to the national team, saying he had a lot of leeway to fail which helped him to play freely. He further revealed that he worked hard on his power play, regretting not doing so sooner.

Dinesh Karthik’s return to the Indian side after three years has been one of the biggest talking points in the cricketing community in recent times, given the immense dedication the wicketkeeper batsman has shown to the game. Having made his international debut 18 years ago, DK has never found consistency in the blue suit, having racked up just 165 appearances in that long stretch. When he played against South Africa in the T20Is in June, it was Karthik’s first international game in three years and until six months ago he was far from in the eye of the coach for the Indian team. However, the 37-year-old has since played every T20I this summer, tallying an incredible 13 appearances over two months already.

The Tamil Nadu batsman has also vindicated his place in the team, occasionally playing a winning shot to lead India to victory. Although he had a few setbacks, Karthik’s place in the roster was unquestioned and he was allowed to play his role as a finisher with the freedom to express himself. Karthik revealed that it was the perfect scenario for him and that he played a big part in his recent success.

“Extremely happy (with the support). That’s what I’ve been aiming for all my life. And for the captain and the coach to show that much faith in me, it’s only right that I reciprocate his faith by performing well, which will help the team, in many ways, to cross the line.” he told Hindustan Times.

“Players have the opportunity to fail. It’s very important to give players the opportunity to fail and then move on to the next player. In India right now there are so many players. But here you get value for what you’ve accomplished over a period of time. That’s something that has to be respected with this coaching staff.

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Karthik had to redefine his game to return to the front of the stage. Previously known for his finesse and largely a top-notch hitter throughout his career, he has now become an elite finisher relying on big sixes in the closing overs. The batsman often comes out in the crease with less than five overs to go and is expected to get enthusiastic from the start, something he excelled at and regrets not practicing sooner.

“Powerful strike. It’s something I worked on a lot. I wish I had done that a little earlier in my career. But, for now, it’s going well,” Karthik said.

The batsman will next be in action with the Men in Blue in Florida on Saturday, taking on the West Indies in the fourth T20I with an opportunity to clinch the five-game series.

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