Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik was in fine form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, averaging over 57 with a strike rate over 190. It was the main reason the right-handed batter called earned – to India’s T20I squad after three years. On Sunday, the selectors named Karthik in the roster for the upcoming T20I five-game series against South Africa, which starts in Delhi on 9 June. Talking about his recording, Karthik said it is his “most special comeback” and he feels very happy.
“Very happy. Very satisfying, I have to say that this has probably been my most special comeback because you know, a lot of people had given up on me and for me to come back and do what I did and practice like I did with my coach Abhishek Nayar and so many special things that happened in the lead up to the auction and how I practiced post that High praise also to Sanjay Bangar and Mike Hesson the clarity they gave me about the role I am in many many thanks to RCB for choosing me and believing in me and when I came here and tried my best for RCB which is a special franchise so all in all a very happy feeling,” Karthik said in a video posted on RCB’s official Twitter handle.
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Karthik also shed light on how he took on the commentator role last year and seemed like he was no longer interested in playing for India but his priority was always to represent the national side.
“I think a lot of credit should go to the selectors, Rohit and Dravid, because these days there are so many young guys putting their name up for selection, to see the skills and then believe that this is the man we need for the World Cup is a very humble feeling I know the journey to the World Cup is still there but to be a part of the whole and have the chance to show my skills I am very proud and I think I clearly started to believe in it long time now,” Karthik said.
“I always believed, but the people around me clearly made me feel like you shouldn’t dream too much and I took on the role of commentator for a while and because of that I didn’t seem interested in trying to make a comeback.” to the Indian team, but I have always said that playing in the Indian team is a priority for me,” he added.
So far in the current IPL season, Karthik has scored 287 runs in 14 games with an average of 57.40 and a strike rate of 191.33, playing a key role in making the play-offs for RCB.
In the 2018 Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh, Dinesh Karthik had scored 29 runs from eight balls to help India clinch a win and that remains one of the wicketkeeper’s best strikes. Karthik would hope to play the same role, if the T20I series comes up against South Africa.
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