Mumbai v Delhi, IPL 2013, Mumbai April 10, 2013

Karthik happy to be given chance at No. 3

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Dinesh Karthik, the Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman, is enjoying his time at No. 3. Batting up the order, Karthik said after setting up Mumbai's victory over Delhi Daredevils with an explosive 86, allowed him to take advantage of the Powerplay.

Karthik's half-century came after Mumbai were reduced to 1 for 2, with Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting dismissed within the first two overs of the match. It came after knocks of 37 (a steadying innings against Chennai Super Kings after another poor start for Mumbai) and 60 (against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in a game where Mumbai fell two runs short). The tournament's leading run-scorer so far, Karthik's runs have come at a strike-rate of 166, easily the best among the top 10 batsmen on the runs-aggregate chart.

"When I bat at No. 3, it gives me the opportunity to play in the Powerplay. It's a slot that I really like batting at," Karthik said after the Daredevils game. "It is important that when a team like Mumbai Indians gives you the opportunity up at the top, you have got to [repay] their faith, and show some effort and get some runs."

Karthik strung together a 131-run stand with Rohit Sharma at over 10 runs an over. Rohit provided him with ideal support, Karthik said: "Rohit and I put up a big partnership and the way he batted was just beautiful. He was giving me the strike when I required it and, towards the end, he hit the big shots after I got out."

Ponting and Tendulkar began this year's IPL with a half-century stand against Royal Challengers, albeit at a little over a run a ball, but have not been able to contribute much with the bat since. Ponting followed up his opening-game 28 with scores of 6 and 0. Despite his failures with the bat, Karthik said, Ponting was still having a big influence on the team.

"The intensity he brings on the field has been out of the world," he said. "Probably in terms of runs he has not had a great IPL thus far, but just the intensity he brings towards captaincy and trying to bring the unit together [is admirable]. He is a great captain."

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  • jimbond on April 12, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Karthik needs to be consistent for a few years at the first class level to be considered as a contender for a middle level slot. A big few scores in IPL is not going to be enough. For the WK role, Dhoni is head and shoulders above Karthik. Karthik is definitely talented, but he has not made full use of the several chances that he has got at the International level. For the middle order role, several others have much better credentials than Karthik (especially in terms of first class performance)- Pujara, Kohli,Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary- to name a few.

  • SamRoy on April 11, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Karthik should replace Dhoni when India tours SA, Australia and England for the tests. Better batting technique. Dhoni's technique of jabbing at the ball with not enough foot movement is dangerous on faster, bouncier pitches. In the sub-continent Dhoni is simply irreplaceable.

  • Raj12345 on April 11, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    @Nampally - 100% agree with your comments.

    Also I am seeing other fans are agreeing that DK should be given as middle order batsman. This was my argument for years.

    If anyone look back, DK openly said that Dhoni is doing great and so he will not get chance as a WK and he is competing with RG, Kohli & Pujara for middle order spot. I was always surprised by selectors that he is never given single chance as middle order batsman. Hope this time he will be given chance.

  • Sir.Ivor on April 11, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Karthik is definitely a very good player against the moving ball and quality pace as he has proved in England and South Africa. I feel he does particularly well at the top of the order.He is experienced as well despite his limited opportunities. But I fail to understand how illuvcricket can be so dismissive of the others he has named in his comment. In South Africa if the team goes early and is well conditioned to the pace and bounce in the wickets I think they will do well.The point that surprises me about the comment is that all of Rahane,Vijay and Pujara are good back foot players. So I am a little surprised at such comments made by anyone.

  • dummy4fb on April 11, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @ Venkat Sriram,@ marseelan...Dinesh karthik is far better player Than Dhoni Remember his performance in England as Test opener in testing condition and recall Dhoni's performance in England & Australia you will get answer who has quality! one cannot great player by only performing in home he should prove overseas also thats what made Dravid,Sachin so great! im not telling DK is greatest player but comparing with MSD he is far better and deserves a selection to South aftrica WHERE SURELY dHONI AND OTHERS EXCEPT KOHLI WILL FAIL MISERABLY PROVIDED IF SACHIN IS NOT THERE!

  • dummy4fb on April 11, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Two Good innings from Karthik and people are suddenly comparing him with Dhoni. Yes he played superbly and fluently in this IPL so far. But that doesn't make him a better player than Dhoni. It is a very easy choice for Dhoni to bat at number 3 ,4 , where he has had a lot of success and has had a superb average . But he chose to bat at number 5,6 which is a very difficult position to bat . Dhoni scores when it matters a lot. DK has been very inconsistent both with the bat and behind the stumps.

    Having said that , it is very unfortunate for DK that he is playing in the same era as Dhoni. what Dk should do is to perform consistently and stake a claim in the Team again.

  • dummy4fb on April 11, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    pls don't compare him with msd ...msd is far better than him in captaincy and wicket keeping..........

  • dummy4fb on April 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Right now mumbai team is on top because of the services of karthik, Delhi team management is real loser, by releasing players like gambhir, karthik, devilliers and so on. they should ve hold their key players but now they are really weak.

  • a1234s on April 11, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Karthik at no 3 is the best position for him. Sachin and Ponting at the top, Karthik, Rayudu, Sharma and then Pollard.. that would be relentless and wouldnt give the bowlers any respite. the one change I can think of is Maxwell for Malinga.

  • dummy4fb on April 11, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    actually greg chappell termed dinesh karthik as captaincy material. dk is far better player and keeper than msd... no doubt. he has performed very well in south africa and should be picked for the tour.