Australia in India 2013-14 September 30, 2013

Replacement man gets replaced

Dinesh Karthik has often done well when covering for specialists but not well enough to become a regular in the team
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During the Asia Cup in Dambulla in 2010, Virender Sehwag was ruled out with a hamstring injury on June 21. The same evening, Dinesh Karthik, a replacement flown in from India, was in the nets, and playing an international on June 22. One of his team-mates welcomed him thus: "Sachhi sachhi bata, tu Colombo mein hi tha na? (Tell us the truth, you were in Colombo, right?)" The joke being that Karthik had turned up at such short notice, and that he had become so accustomed to turning up as a replacement in such a manner, that it felt that he was almost shadowing the team.

Who knows he might have been? For Karthik is the specialist replacement man of Indian cricket. For whenever somebody gets injured, you call Karthik. Opener down? Go for DK. Middle-order batsman gone? Go for DK. Wicketkeeper resting? DK's there. Test opener out of form on green tracks? Worry not, there's DK. In ODIs, Karthik has replaced all sorts of people, and has batted at all positions from 1 to 7. Who knows he might have learned bowling too? Who knows he might even have been able to fill in for N Srinivasan?

Karthik is easy to like. He is energetic on the field. He doesn't mind making sacrifices as long he is part of the team. He doesn't tell the team that a certain position is his preference. He doesn't mind giving up wicketkeeping and fielding anywhere: in the deep, inside the circle, under the helmet. And he hasn't been that bad a replacement either. The problem, though, is he hasn't been able to graduate from being the specialist replacement man. He does well when called up in difficult circumstances, but then doesn't do enough to hand that band over to someone else.

And then you feel bad for him. As you do today, after he lost out to Yuvraj Singh and Ambati Rayudu in the squad for the T20 and first three ODIs against Australia. To make it worse, it isn't even the kind of selection that you can point out as obviously wrong or unfair. You can imagine even the selectors would have felt bad making this call. In the Champions Trophy in England and in the ODIs in Zimbabwe, he did well in the limited opportunities he got: 169 runs in 203 balls in 10 matches, at an average of 56.33.

It was when he got unlimited opportunities to bat, in the tri-series in the West Indies, that he failed, which is possibly why Rayudu has been preferred after both performed similarly in the Zimbabwe series. Possibly it was Karthik's poor performance on an even easier assignment, against South Africa A, that did it. Possibly Karthik has grown too used to the uncertainty that being a replacement player brings, and finds himself lost when it comes to carving out a permanent role for himself.

After he had put that ribbing - not entirely in good humour - out of the way in Dambulla, Karthik rattled off 40 in his first match and then a Man-of-the-Match 66 in the final. He has probably made bigger sacrifices in Test cricket, chipping in as a replacement opener for both injured and out-of-form stars. His best came in England in 2007 when he consistently gave India good starts along with Wasim Jaffer. It was India's first series win in England in 21 years.

Karthik averages 47 as an opener outside India, in four Tests played in England and South Africa. All those four Tests came around 2007, but then he failed to fill up his boots in the best conditions to open an innings in - the subcontinent. Then he lost out to an inspired selection, that of Virender Sehwag for the tour of Australia. The next time he replaced somebody in a Test was when MS Dhoni decided to sit out the tour of Sri Lanka in 2008. And when he failed against Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, along with some of the greatest batsmen India has ever produced, his Test career was all but over.

Therein lies a lesson, especially for Test openers who think hundreds don't matter, contribution to wins does. Karthik has been making crucial contributions, but he hadn't done enough when the going was good. He had plucky thirties and fifties, but not enough big hundreds. He can look around and point to a few others who have got longer ropes with similar results, but he will also know he has himself come short.

For one, as a wicketkeeper, Karthik made too many mistakes, and lost his Test replacement duties to the more correct Wriddhiman Saha. Technically perhaps, Dhoni is not a much better wicketkeeper, and Karthik the Test batsman might be just as good, but Dhoni cuts out the glaring mistakes with the big gloves on and scores the big hundreds when he has it going for him.

The case with his ODI replacement - either Yuvraj or Rayudu - is the same. The selectors possibly see Rayudu as a purer batsman who will deliver those big innings. Karthik is not out of the picture yet. He is only 28, he is fit, and hardly goes a domestic season when he doesn't score big runs. It is entirely possible he will be called up should someone get injured in this series. It is possible he will be more at home then. And his team-mates will wonder if he was already in the city hosting the match, on the off chance someone needs to be replaced.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • DaisonGarvasis on October 1, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Whenever Dinesh Karthik makes the cut to Indian Team, even he knows its not going to be for long term. He gets a few games and every such occassions he does just enough to get some sympathy when he gets dropped but not enough for any eyebrows to bend when he gets dropped. He has scored prolific runs in IPL for Mumbai but he does not have the Aura of a matchwinner. Even when he was doing good in IPL, more than one occassion it has been seen he gets out at a crucial stage of the game or even the situation is no crucial, he gets out anyway after scoring well. Ability to See the team through to the finish line is the difference between a Match Winner and "mere run scorers". You know for a fact that if Yuvi is in form the match is secured for the team, even if he is not on roaring terms he still score well. Yuvi will get in to the team any day ahead of Karthik.

  • Nampally on September 30, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Karthik got nosed out in this squad. If it was a balanced selection, there should have been a Reserve Wicket keeper in the squad. In this squad there is NONE. Karthik is that missing guy!. In ODI Karthik always did well. But in this ODI team there are so many competing for few spots that it makes it very difficult for the Selectors to include them all. Yuvraj is coming into the team purely as a batsman. He is not doing his share of bowling by focussing on batting. I expect him to bat #4. Had Karthik been consistent, he would have sealed the #4 spot. Dhoni will have a problem to justify both Jadeja & Yuvraj- similar bowlers but Yuvraj is a much better batsman. However jadeja is a brilliant fielder, compared to Yuvraj. So his top 7 batsmen would be Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni & Jadeja. Completes the XI with Ashwin + 3 seamers. Between Yuvraj & Jadeja, Mishra is Out. Raina is batting well and cannot lose his spot. Yuvraj has caused headaches to a few. I do hope he succeeds!

  • bestofluckindia on October 7, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    This line is just too darn hilarious "Who knows he might have learned bowling too? Who knows he might even have been able to fill in for N Srinivasan? "

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Indian selection committee is not the Australian selection committee to build up the best team. What was India's record before the Champion Trophy in England, with Dhonies, Rainas, yuvis.etc. England and Pakistan thrashed India in its home soil. We have talents available in India but they are not utilized. Jai Ho!

  • atheros1672 on October 3, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    A Fit and in Form "yuvi" is a danger to opposition players any day... Now aparantly he is danger to his team mates too.... Win-Win for TEAM INDIA...

  • on October 2, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    When it comes to wicket-keeping, Dhoni truly is destiny's child. The guy drops his fair share of chances but somehow or the other, the missed chances rarely hurt the team big. Most probably, either the batsman will soon get out later or will play extremely slowly and derail the momentum of the innings. If not, India will somehow still end up winning (may be with a Dhoni special last-over finish) so that, at the end of the day, the win makes the headlines as opposed to the drop. Next time - watch out for a Dhoni drop. I always assume that the batsman is now just living on borrowed time.

  • on October 1, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Understandable selection, Karthik was at best a 50-50 selection for this series, and unfortunately he has found himself at the wrong side of it. But he has only himself to blame, has been very inconsistent with both bat and gloves throughout his comeback effort right from the CT all the way to the Zimbabwe series. Think he did get a decent run of games in this period, and he couldn't find the kind of consistency needed of a number 4 batsman. Besides, Yuvraj has improved his fitness, and he has found some form as well, a fit and on form Yuvraj has to be one of the first names on the teamsheet and he has earned his recall, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to transform his performance levels to the international realm, but the selectors are absolutely right in giving him the chance. Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni and Jadeja pick themselves, Rohit Sharma has been showing some promising signs at the top of the order, and Raina offers a nice package as an ODI player

  • on October 1, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I think its a happy problem for selectors. But still DK deserves another chance may be instead of Rayudu. However satisfied with the bowling selection..One may argye for Vinay Kumar.. But I think he is the only exp bowler we have right now given that Ishant is not consistent.. And given his fitness level (If anybody saw the run out of Kohlo in challengers final), he deserves this place..

  • SandipManjrekar on October 1, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    @Sharat Ojha

    It explores funny comment that someone representing the Mumbai zone are selected in the team. The remote control is in hands of the zone from where DK represents. Don't put biased views on this forum. Rayudu plays for Baroda not mumbai. You are misleading facts with franchise cricket. Rohit Sharma, Raina, Rayudu have been in good touch & nobody can raise question against these except yourself. This is one of the best selection panel who had done beyond zonal selection criteria and they should be applauded for their work as we got the results in last few months. Putting malicious views should be avoided as far as possible.

    @ Sir_Ivor

    Well, the most commendable views you have written here. Excellent summing of DK. He can make sure comeback as Yuvi. just little work needed for him.

  • on October 1, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    S Raina should be replaced of he isn't already he has not done anything in odi in the past 2 years but keeps on getting picked for what he must be doing something of the field that is important to the team ? For him to be keep getting picked he can't perform under pressure SR should be replaced befor DK

  • DaisonGarvasis on October 1, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Whenever Dinesh Karthik makes the cut to Indian Team, even he knows its not going to be for long term. He gets a few games and every such occassions he does just enough to get some sympathy when he gets dropped but not enough for any eyebrows to bend when he gets dropped. He has scored prolific runs in IPL for Mumbai but he does not have the Aura of a matchwinner. Even when he was doing good in IPL, more than one occassion it has been seen he gets out at a crucial stage of the game or even the situation is no crucial, he gets out anyway after scoring well. Ability to See the team through to the finish line is the difference between a Match Winner and "mere run scorers". You know for a fact that if Yuvi is in form the match is secured for the team, even if he is not on roaring terms he still score well. Yuvi will get in to the team any day ahead of Karthik.

  • Nampally on September 30, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Karthik got nosed out in this squad. If it was a balanced selection, there should have been a Reserve Wicket keeper in the squad. In this squad there is NONE. Karthik is that missing guy!. In ODI Karthik always did well. But in this ODI team there are so many competing for few spots that it makes it very difficult for the Selectors to include them all. Yuvraj is coming into the team purely as a batsman. He is not doing his share of bowling by focussing on batting. I expect him to bat #4. Had Karthik been consistent, he would have sealed the #4 spot. Dhoni will have a problem to justify both Jadeja & Yuvraj- similar bowlers but Yuvraj is a much better batsman. However jadeja is a brilliant fielder, compared to Yuvraj. So his top 7 batsmen would be Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni & Jadeja. Completes the XI with Ashwin + 3 seamers. Between Yuvraj & Jadeja, Mishra is Out. Raina is batting well and cannot lose his spot. Yuvraj has caused headaches to a few. I do hope he succeeds!

  • bestofluckindia on October 7, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    This line is just too darn hilarious "Who knows he might have learned bowling too? Who knows he might even have been able to fill in for N Srinivasan? "

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Indian selection committee is not the Australian selection committee to build up the best team. What was India's record before the Champion Trophy in England, with Dhonies, Rainas, yuvis.etc. England and Pakistan thrashed India in its home soil. We have talents available in India but they are not utilized. Jai Ho!

  • atheros1672 on October 3, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    A Fit and in Form "yuvi" is a danger to opposition players any day... Now aparantly he is danger to his team mates too.... Win-Win for TEAM INDIA...

  • on October 2, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    When it comes to wicket-keeping, Dhoni truly is destiny's child. The guy drops his fair share of chances but somehow or the other, the missed chances rarely hurt the team big. Most probably, either the batsman will soon get out later or will play extremely slowly and derail the momentum of the innings. If not, India will somehow still end up winning (may be with a Dhoni special last-over finish) so that, at the end of the day, the win makes the headlines as opposed to the drop. Next time - watch out for a Dhoni drop. I always assume that the batsman is now just living on borrowed time.

  • on October 1, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Understandable selection, Karthik was at best a 50-50 selection for this series, and unfortunately he has found himself at the wrong side of it. But he has only himself to blame, has been very inconsistent with both bat and gloves throughout his comeback effort right from the CT all the way to the Zimbabwe series. Think he did get a decent run of games in this period, and he couldn't find the kind of consistency needed of a number 4 batsman. Besides, Yuvraj has improved his fitness, and he has found some form as well, a fit and on form Yuvraj has to be one of the first names on the teamsheet and he has earned his recall, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to transform his performance levels to the international realm, but the selectors are absolutely right in giving him the chance. Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni and Jadeja pick themselves, Rohit Sharma has been showing some promising signs at the top of the order, and Raina offers a nice package as an ODI player

  • on October 1, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I think its a happy problem for selectors. But still DK deserves another chance may be instead of Rayudu. However satisfied with the bowling selection..One may argye for Vinay Kumar.. But I think he is the only exp bowler we have right now given that Ishant is not consistent.. And given his fitness level (If anybody saw the run out of Kohlo in challengers final), he deserves this place..

  • SandipManjrekar on October 1, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    @Sharat Ojha

    It explores funny comment that someone representing the Mumbai zone are selected in the team. The remote control is in hands of the zone from where DK represents. Don't put biased views on this forum. Rayudu plays for Baroda not mumbai. You are misleading facts with franchise cricket. Rohit Sharma, Raina, Rayudu have been in good touch & nobody can raise question against these except yourself. This is one of the best selection panel who had done beyond zonal selection criteria and they should be applauded for their work as we got the results in last few months. Putting malicious views should be avoided as far as possible.

    @ Sir_Ivor

    Well, the most commendable views you have written here. Excellent summing of DK. He can make sure comeback as Yuvi. just little work needed for him.

  • on October 1, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    S Raina should be replaced of he isn't already he has not done anything in odi in the past 2 years but keeps on getting picked for what he must be doing something of the field that is important to the team ? For him to be keep getting picked he can't perform under pressure SR should be replaced befor DK

  • Sir_Ivor on October 1, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    There are so many wicket keeper batsmen,really young and good that Dinesh Karthik should be really making his case on the basis of his batting only.In fact he should notbe donning the big gloves at all unless there is an emergency.Karthik is one of the soundest opening batsmen I have seen from India.Whenever he has opened he has batted well whether it was on the bouncy wickets of South Africa or on the seaming conditions in England.That is because he has very good technique of either foot, is courageous and has all the strokes. That apart he has the patience needed of an opener.If he has been dropped or rested for the ODIs against Australia I am not unhappy because he is more of a classical format player.I am sure that there will be some failures in these 7 games.South Africa looms and Karthik will be the man they will take in. Possibly in place of Vijay who simply does'nt have it in him to succeed on South African wickets notwithstanding how well he played in the IPL there years ago.

  • on October 1, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    common dinesh still there is lot of time on your back ,dont get frustrated hope fortune things may happen all the best for your ranji trophy ,come back with the bang for the national colors

  • A.Ak on October 1, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    I dont under the selectors. When they give many many chances to RSharma (hoping one day he will perform), why cant they do it with DK ?

  • liteonon on October 1, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    sorry dk you were born in dhoni era!

  • Sandt on October 1, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Yuvraj is always better than Karthik in any conditions for ODI.He is a match winner and given that extra boost to Indias batting line up. Good work by Selectors.Bowlers selection is not understandable.Why vinay kumar.He is not a quality player for international cricket. Why choose him. Big question mark

  • on October 1, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    we always need a player like kartik who can replace an opener a middle order batsman & a wicket keeper. Moreover he is an excellent fielder but i think its difficult for him to get a place in the final XI specially when yuvraj is back. in the present squad i think they are playing with an extra bowler

  • Naresh28 on October 1, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Karthik and Rayudu are fringe players who fail to make use of limited opportunities given. With limited spots available in the batting department you cannot blame the selectors. The fact is that Raina and Yuvi are the best Odi players India has. I agree with most fans on the pace bowling selections. Mohit and Pandey should be tested at the higher level now. Jaydev, Vinay and Shami should not be selected......in fact a half in-form Zaks would be better.

  • Venkiwaran on October 1, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Let us understand that Karthik has never had a permanent position in the batting order. Like the author of the article has pointed out, he has batted anywhere from 1 to 8. And he is always under the radar. One bad performance and he is thrown out. He has never gone into a match with the confidence that he will be backed for the next game. His scores have come in difficult tracks under good opposition. Dhoni has always had the luxury of knowing that he will never be dropped, however bad his performance is. Dhoni also chooses the position that he wants to play. A great start from the openers and he is in the middle to bully the bowling. If three are down for nothing, he drops himself to 7 or 8. Dinesh deserves much better than this. Let's remember that in 2007, he was the highest run getter in England and also remember that we were whitewashed 4-0 in England and 4-0 in Australia since then.

  • on October 1, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    why dk is not in the team? nobody can answer. Its not good selection from bcci. but Ind have enough talent to replace him. I wish to see him in ind team very soon. bad luck dk,you know our selection policy.

  • Sharat Ojha on October 1, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Just because Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma are representing the Mumbai zone selected players they are there in the team. Unfortunate for DK who is more talented from both of them in all the departments...

  • Sharat Ojha on October 1, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    This Man (DK) has done all what a player needs to do to be there in the team in limited over formats "T20" and "One-Day" cricket. If we compare the number of opportunities he got in last few months since Champions Trophy and number of times he has done justice to his role is marvelous. If we compare the same data (the number of opportunities given to Rohit Sharma and the number of times he has done his job) then I think undoubtedly the DK's name will come out as winner. I don't understand the politics involves in the selection committee. May be after such a large number of opportunities Rohit might perform well in the coming series but it will be truly unfair with Dinesh Karthik to put him out of the Squad of Coming series. Let Rohit and DK play a given number of chances and then let the selectors decide. I am more than 100% sure that DK will definitely comes out as Winner.

  • Rajeshj on October 1, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    One can't help but feel sorry for this guy.. the author says.. "but Dhoni cuts out the glaring mistakes with the big gloves on and scores the big hundreds when he has it going for him"... Dhoni/Yuvraj/Gambhir/Rohit etc. (the list is quite long..) can wait for their time to score big hundreds to cement their places.. the author failed to add the simple fact that "they can wait for lovely flat tracks to score big hundreds" and the media frenzy will help the fans/selectors to forget the numerous single-digit scores they made on lively tracks.. I can confidently say that Karthik was used more on lively tracks than flat tracks.. and his average of 28 in those tracks is far better than big hundreds scored on flat tracks by most of the regular batsmen in the team..

  • ramesh_sound on October 1, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Maybe due to the handling, Karthik seems to lack that spark to cross the threshold and feel confident. There have been times when he looked as good as the best. When India lost to SA in the last test in 2006/7, Sachin and Dravid floundered. Karthik hit a sprightly 30 odd not out to give a fighting total. While he hit centuries of great quality in the warm-up matches, all he needed to do was make a decent 25 in the Champions trophy finals. Instead, he blocked 3-4 balls and slogged to get out. He just seems to get over anxious to perform and gets out. Even in IPL he bats like a champion, but almost never stays till the winning run is hit or score a big hundred. Just look at his compatriot Murali Vijay. Vijay is the lesser batsman of the two, but when he gets past the initial jitters, be it IPL or test match, makes sure he scores a hundred. Ultimately, hundreds matter.

  • AmitKumarMishra on October 1, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    I think the selectors should have given a longer opportunity to Karthik. I'm sure he will make a comeback. He can also eye for test opener's slot as vijay is not doing good. but he should remember "hundreds do matter a lot", its very important when u r in good form, make the best out of it, i.e. convert your score(s) to 3 figures. Remember most of the time selectors do remember 3 figure score, not some 30s, 40s..

  • cric_options on October 1, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Rohit Sharma should be banned for the next 5 years from selection into the international side even if he converts into a Bradman at the domestic level. The chances he has got to prove himself is a cardinal sin. Shows the rotten side of some weird politics in Indian cricket.

  • on October 1, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Totally agree here that though Karthik replaced the original place several times, he did not outdo them. For example, even Dhawan replaced Sehwag. But Dhawan scored plenty of runs (3 ODI tons, 1 test ton on debut) which will not make legends like Kapil Dev miss Sehwag. Ashwin replaced Bhajji and Ashwin got 3 man of the series in tests. Bhuvanesh Kumar is bowling beautifully in getting the openers out in the 1st spell itself which makes it tough for Zaheer Khan. Now Karthik in contrast could not make us miss the original men though he did deliver a few decent performances.

    Personally I feel one way our selectors mishandled both Pathiv (very much) and Karthik (to good extent). Both for them were blooded very young. Very few succeeds after debuting at 17 and Pathiv missed out. Ditto with Karthik after debuting at 19. In contrast MSD debuted at 23-24 when he had become mature. Also the runs MSD scored pushed him much more ahead.

  • sony_sr on October 1, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    karthik averages 27 in tests and 28 in odis. total number of innings he played in tests and odis is 93. so he got close to 100 opportunities and still averages less than 30 in international cricket. how can you expect him to have a permanent place in indian team where competition for batting slots is so high? people may say he has never got a long run. but whether you get a long run or not completely depends on how you perform in whatever opportunities you get. rayudu played 3 innings so far and averages 50.5. it doesn't matter he got those runs against zim coz intl cricket is intl cricket irrespective of whether it is against zim or aus. what matters most is he made use of the limited opportunities he got and hence completely deserves his place in team ahead of karthik.

  • rohan024 on October 1, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    DK is a fluke, and he is gaining sympathy bcoz he has been dropped. Would someone care to tell, how was he selected as a specialist batsman in the squad during champions trophy, at the cost of players like Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rayadu etc. etc. I mean come on he is a nice lad but that doesn't mean he gets selected over specialist batsmen when after 70 matches, all he averages is 27.

  • kingkarthik on October 1, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Maybe Dinesh Karthik should consider changing his name to be Rohit Karthik or Dinesh Sharma or all together as Rohit Sharma Jr. Then he will eternally be in the team, irrespective of what his actual performance is actually. DK has performed well during this shint and it absolutely bellies reasoning for including Rayudu as opposed to him. Rayudu is a flat track bully who slogs and does not have the technique or temperament to deal with quality bowling. DK is destined to be the man who never got his fair chance.

  • joseyesu on October 1, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Far better than Ambati and far less chance given than Rsharma. Lets us not forget the 2 tons in champions trophy that set the tone for others. To me he is unlucky to missed out

  • Vnott on October 1, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Its ok for matches in the sub continent to have hard track bullies out there. Karthik should be a sure selection if the team was going to South Africa. The key take away for Karthik is to make sure he converts the 60 and 70s to hundreds. Ind A vs SA A final he played a beautiful knock. He played brilliantly in the Champions trophy key games when everyone else failed ie the hot Rohit Sharma,the Purer Rayudu and the incredibly talented Raina. Not to say none of them are good, to be honest in seaming wickets all the 3 do not measure up at this point. One thing terrific about this selection is to see Yuuvraj back and i hope he cements his place across all 3 formats for the next 4-5 years and ends his career at the top.

  • indianpunter on September 30, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    I like DK. He is the ebullient, self effacing true grit player who gives it his all in the field. Unfortunately, the spirit hasnt been translated into runs and he misses out this time. But knowing DK, he wont be fazed. I am certain that he will put in the hard yards again. How i wish, he played a "stand up and notice me" innings in international cricket soon. Maybe thats all he needs to propel himself forwards.

  • Matricfail on September 30, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    There is only one way anyone can cement his place in Indian teams (ODI, Test, and T20), that way is to perform at every opportunity that is given. Karthik has wasted many of them hence the status hence the article.. Nothing emotional about it just that he is being unlucky with talent and performance ratio..

  • Raj12345 on September 30, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    It not about 70 ODIs. It is all about giving him chance of 20 ODIs continuously. No one forget how Raina was doing doing bad in 28 ODIs is 2 years. But he was in playing XI always, at the end we didn't lose Raina, he is doing good now. But why not give him same chance like Raina. Look at WI series, he was not coming as No:3 or 4 because Kohli want to rotate that position, so DK never played in up in the order. But he won the match in final. Common guys, this is really bad treatment to DK. Why RG is special and playing so slow in up in the order.

  • BigINDFan on September 30, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    The reasoning for ODIs make sense. Why not the T20? Also DK should be tried in Tests given that the test batting line up is not settled. Sachin will retire soon and Sehwag performing in the middle order is hoping for miracles. DK should find a place instead of the likes of Raina or Yuvi since DK can has better technique. If Ind makes it to SA this year they should take DK.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on September 30, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Cricket is a simple game. Every ball has your name on it, and on your worst-luck days, every dart is going to get you out. No big deal. Saha is an ideal replacement for Dhoni in tests. But in ODIs it's got to be DK, though some will make a case for Parthiv. But DK should not be discouraged. With the paucity of quality openers, especially for overseas tours, who knows when he gets called up? He could double up as a backup wicket keeper for Dhoni and also could open the innings. I am sure selectors do have this in mind. But currently, he is only viewed purely as a keeper-batsman and he does not fit into the test team with that tag. Hopefully, he gets another chance as a opening-bat-wk soon and it could change his fortunes. Guess, India are blessed with riches in this department (WK) also.

  • Alexk400 on September 30, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    he is a pocket dynamo and run out of energy pretty quick because he is fidgity in the crease. Issue here is that as a batsman you need century to keep your seat in indian team unless your name start with rohit and ends with sharma. :) That said for me DK got enough chances. What is the real issue is as monga said , when his seat is 100% sure , he failed. His dramatic failure was in srilanka. When you expect him to perform , he disappointed. He needs to know people like big 100 and his small cameo won't cut it as international cricketer. That said Rayudu is 100% worse. he has no tecqnique and kinda mad slogger. Rayudu is stiff also. Meaning he gets exposed against good bowling and will get out cheaply. Yuvi is always great player in ODI as long as opposition do not have good left arm "slow" spinner.

  • RajeshNaik on September 30, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    What a lovely article. This is how it is to be written. Aptly analised and wonderfully explained. The article puts forward the point and beautifully explains the issue why DK could not make himself irreplaceable. I feel sorry for DK. But one needs to grab the chances.

  • desi1 on September 30, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    @ IndCricFan2013 : Rohit Sharma does not have that bad an average in ODI it is much better, 5 more, than DK's and over a higher number of matches, and DK has also played almost 70 ODI, not too little to say that he has not got enough chances. Another big thing is that Rohit has won india matches, he was very good in Twenty20 WC, in WI, in Australia and in Champions trophy, he averages much more than DK in first class also where DK has played more than 20 test matches and RS none. RS gets chances as he deserves them...even if he has not scored as heavily as one would like he has shown enough glimpses of what could be .. and as long as the team keeps winning i dont think RS will be replaced.

  • jimbond on September 30, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    It always surprises me that people question the exclusion of a mediocre batsman like Karthik. After playing for nearly 70 ODIs and about 25 tests, he has an average of about 27-28 in both. For small number of matches, average may not be reflective of quality, but for a large number, it shows that the person does not deserve to be included as a pure batsman. On the other hand Rohit Sharma who is known for his performances in Ranji (like Pujara) is yet to get a chance in tests. In ODIs, his average shows that he is a slightly better batsman than Karthik.

  • prasanna_79 on September 30, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I think if Murali Vijay fails to perform consistently as an opener, then DK should be given a chance to open in tests in atleast 2 successive series as he is THE BEST available young batsman with a sound technique against the faster bowlers and who has got all the shots in the book.. He can play the horizontal bat shots very well and is very quick on his feet.. He would have walked into the playing eleven of most other international teams straightaway as a specialist batsman alone.. I think he also should be tried as an opener in the ODIs as well as he is way ahead of Rohit Sharma in terms of technique ( remember the no. of times Rohit was beaten outside off in the tri-series in WI ) and DK should be groomed keeping 2015 WC in mind.. I think where Rohit has improved and DK needs to improve is in temperament.. If DK improves his temperament to maybe Pujara's level , then India will have one of the world's best batsmen in their ranks as an opener..!! Come on DK.., U CAN..!!

  • vatsap on September 30, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    It's the same old story isn't it. The likes of Karthik have to come in, adapt and perform at any numbers, the likes of Rohit Sharma will get selected and given chances to fulfill his potential for ever. It's not a fair world.

  • drpramit on September 30, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    thats really unfortunate for DK, but i still feel that he can bounce back. U never know about Indian batting line & our selectors way of thinking. Yuvi will definitely play t-20 & at least couple of odi, so it hardly matters for DK to be in the squad. It will be interesting to see what selectors will decide if yuvi or raina fail against aus. will they bring back or Dk & what will be the stand of Dhoni then whether he will give a chance to raydu or will bring DK staright away in playing XI ? So its not all over for him. just play some big inning & regain his form, my best wises to DK !

  • on September 30, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    I guess he is a perfect replacement for dhoni in test matches. Although Dhoni may have scored hundred in recent times but it has come against Australia whi os finding it difficult to establish a team. There is no use making hundred against a depleted Australia team in a glat Indian conditions. But in overseas Dhoni is a proven failure time and again whereas DK has proved himself that he can bat in any position In test matches and has a much better overseas record. Dhoni is ib test team just because he is captain and has support of Srinivasan of whose team he is the captain in IPL. Otherwise Dhoni doesn't deserves a place in the Indian test team

  • SamRoy on September 30, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Karthik is good, but Yuvraj good in ODIs? No way!!! Yuvraj Singh and MSD are the only great ODI batsman now that SRT is no longer there. If India is to retain the World Cup both of them have to come good in the knock out phases.

  • on September 30, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    great to hear yuvraj is back.great for team India!!!

  • on September 30, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    He is very average player, who has been very lucky to have played for India. On his day, he doesn't get big hundreds. He can push the games but isn't a match-winner.

  • sitaram58 on September 30, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    with all the promisisng 18, 19 and 20 year olds its time to move on. Once a guy reaches 25 and he hasn't been performing with the consistency of a Kohli or Pujara make the hard calls and give a talented 20 year old an extended run. Sorry for DK and others like him but their time has passed!!!! While we are at it time to move on from the likes of Sharma, Rayudu, et, etc. it's the time of the Baba Aparjiths and the like...

  • srinideva on September 30, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    He always the team man...Hope he gets some opportunity in TEST after Dhoni retirement in Test cricket.

  • starincricket on September 30, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Feel sad for DK. He made 2 consecutive 100s in warm up match.. but did not score big in main matches.. but actually he failed in only WI series... For the kind of competition , one shd perform everytime and to maintain the avg. But I still feel he did nt get enough chances like every other player in the same squad... he shd have picked for aus series along with Yuvi... This ll not convince anyone on dropping DK for sure.

  • CricketChat on September 30, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Though not entirely his fault, DK might have played his last for Ind. He always has had starts, but could never convert them into big performances when it mattered. May be, it was more in head that he couldn't make it count. Unfortunately, I don't see any talented WK batsmen in their late teens/early 20s pushing the older guys. Won't be surprised if DK makes another fairy tale comeback next year.

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    The fact is Karthik was given an extended run at the Champions trophy, the WI tri-series and then in Zimbabwe. He did not score big, missed out and thus failed to nail down a place. There is a lot of competition for the middle order. Rayudu is extremely unlucky that he has got a chance only at the age of 27. Karthik has only himself to blame this time.

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Karthik, the name has a similar storyline I suppose.Get a chance and just when you think u r there,u r nowhere in the picture.Hard luck but as written,never to be written off.

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I fully agree with the analysis. He has not done enough to nail down the spot

  • IndCricFan2013 on September 30, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    There is no point in talking numbers for DK, since he has not played continuously. It would be fair, if he is given 1/3rd of chances that some one like Rohit Sharma gets in a continuous stretch. But that does not happen to any one other than Rohit. Raydu deserves his chance, Yuvraj, gets another chance, let us see what he does. There are plenty reasons to select others and hence the drop of DK. Poor guy gets 100's in difficult practice matches and does not get it in the real matches that counted. He needs lot of luck and need to keep pushing his case by performing in a big way in IPL, CLT20, domestic, etc.

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Sanju Samson should be reserve Keeper.

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Sanju Samson should be reserve Keeper.

  • IndCricFan2013 on September 30, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    There is no point in talking numbers for DK, since he has not played continuously. It would be fair, if he is given 1/3rd of chances that some one like Rohit Sharma gets in a continuous stretch. But that does not happen to any one other than Rohit. Raydu deserves his chance, Yuvraj, gets another chance, let us see what he does. There are plenty reasons to select others and hence the drop of DK. Poor guy gets 100's in difficult practice matches and does not get it in the real matches that counted. He needs lot of luck and need to keep pushing his case by performing in a big way in IPL, CLT20, domestic, etc.

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I fully agree with the analysis. He has not done enough to nail down the spot

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Karthik, the name has a similar storyline I suppose.Get a chance and just when you think u r there,u r nowhere in the picture.Hard luck but as written,never to be written off.

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    The fact is Karthik was given an extended run at the Champions trophy, the WI tri-series and then in Zimbabwe. He did not score big, missed out and thus failed to nail down a place. There is a lot of competition for the middle order. Rayudu is extremely unlucky that he has got a chance only at the age of 27. Karthik has only himself to blame this time.

  • CricketChat on September 30, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Though not entirely his fault, DK might have played his last for Ind. He always has had starts, but could never convert them into big performances when it mattered. May be, it was more in head that he couldn't make it count. Unfortunately, I don't see any talented WK batsmen in their late teens/early 20s pushing the older guys. Won't be surprised if DK makes another fairy tale comeback next year.

  • starincricket on September 30, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Feel sad for DK. He made 2 consecutive 100s in warm up match.. but did not score big in main matches.. but actually he failed in only WI series... For the kind of competition , one shd perform everytime and to maintain the avg. But I still feel he did nt get enough chances like every other player in the same squad... he shd have picked for aus series along with Yuvi... This ll not convince anyone on dropping DK for sure.

  • srinideva on September 30, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    He always the team man...Hope he gets some opportunity in TEST after Dhoni retirement in Test cricket.

  • sitaram58 on September 30, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    with all the promisisng 18, 19 and 20 year olds its time to move on. Once a guy reaches 25 and he hasn't been performing with the consistency of a Kohli or Pujara make the hard calls and give a talented 20 year old an extended run. Sorry for DK and others like him but their time has passed!!!! While we are at it time to move on from the likes of Sharma, Rayudu, et, etc. it's the time of the Baba Aparjiths and the like...

  • on September 30, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    He is very average player, who has been very lucky to have played for India. On his day, he doesn't get big hundreds. He can push the games but isn't a match-winner.