Dinesh Karthik said he is enjoying every moment of his second stint with Team India.© Twitter
After being sidelined for nearly three years, veteran wicketkeeper batter Dinesh Karthik said he is enjoying every moment of his second stint with the Indian team. Karthik has made a comeback with the Indian team for the ongoing five-game T20I series against South Africa, and will also be part of the roster for the two T20I’s against Ireland later this month. Ahead of the fourth T20I against the Proteas in Rajkot, Karthik said his dream of playing for the Indian team has kept him going for a decade or so.
“For about three years I have been looking from the outside. I have looked at how special it is to be part of this team. I enjoy and am very grateful for every second that I am here. The urge, the fire in the stomach in terms of wanting to come back here, wear the national colors and represent the Indian team is something I dream about every day, and that’s what has kept me going for the past ten years,” Karthik said in a video uploaded by BCCI on Twitter.
#TeamIndia coming back
His journey from India’s 1st T20I to now
Full interview https://t.co/ktexXftzL0 pic.twitter.com/F5YSS6D4Qi
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 16, 2022
Karthik has so far played in all three T20Is, with scores of 1*(2), 30*(21) and 6(8).
South Africa won the first two matches and led the series 2-1, with India beating them by 48 runs in the third match in Visakhapatnam.
The two teams will now take on the 4th T20I in Rajkot on Friday.
Karthik, 37, made his comeback in India after a stellar season in the Indian Premier League with Royal Challengers Bangalore. He nailed the role of a finisher and played a pivotal role in RCB reaching the IPL 2022 play-offs.
In 16 games, Karthik hit 330 runs with an average of 55.00 and a whopping 183.33. It was his best IPL season in terms of average and pass rate.
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