Karthik eyes Team India return with Dhoni-like finishing role

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 10/21/2019 3:29:41 PM


Chennai, Oct 20 Out of favour wicketkeeper- batsman Dinesh Karthik, who has played some blinders as a finisher for Tamil Nadu in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, wants to don a similar role for India. Dinesh Karthik is eyeing a spot in the national T20 side for the 2020 T20 World Cup as a finisher. Karthik's finishing instincts first came into limelight when played a stunning knock off 29 runs including a last-ball six against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy tri-series final in Colombo in 2018. "It's [The T20 World Cup] a year away but if I feel I can keep performing and have a good [domestic] tournament, I'm sure I will go out there and play," Karthik, 34, told ESPNcricinfo ahead of the Hazare knockouts. "Because, I feel it's a key part that the Indian team is looking out as well - closing out matches and have someone who can understand those situations and do the best at that point of time. "And I feel I've done that in the short time I'd played T20s [for India]. But, post the World Cup, I didn't play; they clubbed it [poor run at the World Cup] with the T20 part of it and removed me from the team as well. But I feel that I'm well-suited to play that role Dhoni has played for so many years now. I feel I can do something like that and I've been doing that for KKR and Tamil Nadu. So, if a slot opens up there, that's something I'll be really looking forward to. The T20 World Cup is definitely something I'd want to play."

 

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