Veteran wicket-keeper batter Dinesh Karthik earned a call-up to the Indian team on Sunday for the upcoming T20 International (T20I) series of five games against South Africa for his stellar performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. He played most recently for India in 2019 and the recall comes after his exploits as a finisher helped RCB qualify for the play-offs. On Twitter, Dinesh Karthik – who spoke out about his desire to represent the national team again – shared an image in an India jersey, writing: “If you believe in yourself, everything will fall into place!”
If you believe in yourself, everything will fall into place!
Thanks for all the support and faith… the hard work continues… pic.twitter.com/YlnaH9YHW1
— DK (@DineshKarthik) May 22, 2022
“Thanks for all the support and faith… the hard work continues,” the 36-year-old added.
Karthik last played for India in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
He represented India in 26 tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is. He has 1025 test runs, 1752 runs in ODIs and 399 runs in T20Is.
Karthik has scored 287 runs in 14 games so far in IPL 2022 with an incredible strike rate of 191.33.
His performance as a finisher has often helped RCB out of trouble and has been a key factor in securing fourth place on the IPL 2022 points list.
India’s Board of Control for Cricket announced an 18-man squad on Sunday for the T20I series against South Africa.
India squad for SA T20Is: KL Rahul (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vc) (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav , Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
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