Indian Premier League 2010 April 4, 2010

Confident Karthik eyes finisher role in Indian team

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Dinesh Karthik, who contributed a crucial 38-ball 69 in Delhi Daredevils' victory against Rajasthan Royals, is pleased with his batting form and believes he is ready to take over the role of finisher in the India's limited-overs teams.

"I can proudly say that I can be a good finisher. I would take that role of a finisher any day, it's a high-pressure job; MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh have been doing it for sometime now and I want to take over that job," Karthik told the Sunday Express. "I have been able to finish a few games for Delhi Daredevils and I want to do the same for the Indian team as well."

Karthik is second only to Virender Sehwag in the list of run-getters for Delhi so far in IPL 2010, with 210 runs at an average of 30.00, and a strike-rate of 140.93. His form in the middle order, in addition to his wicketkeeping skills, has been crucial to Delhi's cause in the tournament.

"I do feel that I have been batting very well recently. It's tough for me to compare how I was batting before and now, but I am obviously very happy with the way my batting is shaping up and with the way I'm hitting the ball.

"For me, it has never been about being flashy, or about telling people how many shots I have in my kitty. When I am playing those shots I am just reacting to what the team requirements are. Over the years you learn and it comes through sheer experience. I also spend a lot of time at the nets - in fact, I have been working a lot with my coach Jayaram [former Kerala captain] but I think some of the decisions to play the shots come with my mental strength," Karthik said.

Karthik has had a tough time at the highest level, where he faced reasonable success as a Test opener before MS Dhoni displaced him, first behind the stumps and later from the starting eleven. Since then, he has cemented his place as India's second-choice keeper, and in recent times, forced his way back as a specialist batsman. Karthik attributed his comeback to his ability to take stock of things and improve on his weaknesses.

"When you get dropped, you do sit down and try and reassess. After I was dropped two years back after the Sri Lanka series, I had a serious rethink on my game, and the way I was going. When you are down or you get out cheaply, people talk about you, one needs to make a note and sit down patiently and assess the merits and demerits.

"I realised that there was a problem with my mindset - I used to get worked up very easily and I needed to improve my keeping. I made a conscious attempt to rectify those mistakes and I can confidently say that I have improved drastically since then," Karthik said.

Karthik was not too concerned that his wicketkeeping was not required by the national side. "I don't think too much about keeping when I am with the Indian team. Obviously I am only there as a back-up for Dhoni and I concentrate on my batting. When I get back to the domestic circuit, it does take a while to adjust back, because I haven't kept for a while. But that's a bargain I am willing to take to play for India," Karthik said.

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  • indianbull86 on April 6, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    @ whoker : If u want cricinfo to edit articles about other performing players, u r free to tel ur suggestion. But y do u want to giv ur views at the cost of vehemently opposing a TN player's publicity. don't b filthy...

  • whoker on April 5, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Yet another instance of Cricinfo giving a T.N. player undue publicity - why not do the same with other promising players like Sourabh Tiwari, Manoj Tiwari, Umesh Yadav and so many others!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 5, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Dinesh Khartik can bat, he always could...now he needs to learn how to keep. I think he's generally too sloppy of r an international keeper and it has been proven to be costly when your keeper is sloppy.

  • nikita_karthick on April 5, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    If you believe me or not Dinesh karthik is modern day Rahul Dravid...

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on April 5, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Kartick is better batsman than bradman , sobers and tendulkar put togther. On fielding he is better than jhondy and gibbs put togther. To find a place in indian national team he can be a spinner replacing harbhajan. by fluke if he takes magrath wicket critics can say he is better than murali and warne put togther. happy for those who beleive rejanikanth has counted till infinity twice. Please check his career average

  • MasterClass on April 5, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    My T20: Vijay/Pandey/Dhawan, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dhoni, Karthik, Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Mishra, Khan. I know it seem sacreligous to drop Yuvi and Bhajji but I would do that in a blink. Reason of Vijay/Pandey/Dhawan is that they can play the pull shot and are in good form. Not too many others can. If dropping Bhajji is not a possibility then I would swap with Jadeja. But Mishra is the better (wicket-taking) spinner. For slowing run rate Yusuf is good option in place of Bhajji.

  • Sathimayil on April 4, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    For Indian Wicket keeper, MSD is the best in now and history. for for backup we should consider that who is in current form. Currently Ojha is doing well.., and we should give chance to him.., apart from that Karthick is good.

  • on April 4, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    way to go...DK is the next dhoni....

  • Alexk400 on April 4, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    He talked big and laid an egg today. He does this often. Raise expectation and do not follow up. He needs to learn to be dependable. Not freaky fluke innings. Consistency is the key.

  • Cricket_Stats_Maniac on April 4, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Jibond or wotever bond you are. First check your domestic season stats; KD played only 8 games in Ranji (Super) and scored 2 hundreds and 2 fifties with an impressive stats of 55; In dedodhar trophy he played only one game and scoring huge hundred in both innings; before stating favoritism as the only way as KD's inclusion, it is a safe idea to check your gun before you fire..

  • indianbull86 on April 6, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    @ whoker : If u want cricinfo to edit articles about other performing players, u r free to tel ur suggestion. But y do u want to giv ur views at the cost of vehemently opposing a TN player's publicity. don't b filthy...

  • whoker on April 5, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Yet another instance of Cricinfo giving a T.N. player undue publicity - why not do the same with other promising players like Sourabh Tiwari, Manoj Tiwari, Umesh Yadav and so many others!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 5, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Dinesh Khartik can bat, he always could...now he needs to learn how to keep. I think he's generally too sloppy of r an international keeper and it has been proven to be costly when your keeper is sloppy.

  • nikita_karthick on April 5, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    If you believe me or not Dinesh karthik is modern day Rahul Dravid...

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on April 5, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Kartick is better batsman than bradman , sobers and tendulkar put togther. On fielding he is better than jhondy and gibbs put togther. To find a place in indian national team he can be a spinner replacing harbhajan. by fluke if he takes magrath wicket critics can say he is better than murali and warne put togther. happy for those who beleive rejanikanth has counted till infinity twice. Please check his career average

  • MasterClass on April 5, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    My T20: Vijay/Pandey/Dhawan, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dhoni, Karthik, Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Mishra, Khan. I know it seem sacreligous to drop Yuvi and Bhajji but I would do that in a blink. Reason of Vijay/Pandey/Dhawan is that they can play the pull shot and are in good form. Not too many others can. If dropping Bhajji is not a possibility then I would swap with Jadeja. But Mishra is the better (wicket-taking) spinner. For slowing run rate Yusuf is good option in place of Bhajji.

  • Sathimayil on April 4, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    For Indian Wicket keeper, MSD is the best in now and history. for for backup we should consider that who is in current form. Currently Ojha is doing well.., and we should give chance to him.., apart from that Karthick is good.

  • on April 4, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    way to go...DK is the next dhoni....

  • Alexk400 on April 4, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    He talked big and laid an egg today. He does this often. Raise expectation and do not follow up. He needs to learn to be dependable. Not freaky fluke innings. Consistency is the key.

  • Cricket_Stats_Maniac on April 4, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Jibond or wotever bond you are. First check your domestic season stats; KD played only 8 games in Ranji (Super) and scored 2 hundreds and 2 fifties with an impressive stats of 55; In dedodhar trophy he played only one game and scoring huge hundred in both innings; before stating favoritism as the only way as KD's inclusion, it is a safe idea to check your gun before you fire..

  • ansram on April 4, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Kathik has better technique than Dhoni and can be a better batsman but Dhoni's record is far more impressive. His statistics of course do not do justice to his immense talent and if he can continue his recent form he can correct that. He needs to grab his chances with both hands through consistant performances and has the ability to a displace a few others in the side. Dhoni is here to stay in the national team for a long time and hence Karthik can cement his place only by being a top bat.

    Regarding the comment on Srikkanth here. In the past, talented players from the south had difficulty in getting into the national side because the selectors were not usually from South India. With Srikkanth's presence they will all get their chances . But Srikkanth is a patriot - he is not going to allow TN/south players in at the expense of the nation.

  • crikkfan on April 4, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    jimbond u are out of your mind and very cynical - just bcoz a player and the selector are from the same state it doesnt mean the player has no merit and the selector is biased - dks recent performance is impressive , so is uthappas but uthappas form was mediocre for a period of time - anyone knows it. If uthappa is selected now in the indian team and if the selector is from karnatka - doesnt mean there is a bias again, i would be okay with it. relax and open ur eyes.

  • Alexk400 on April 4, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Ok My T20 team by batting order.

    Sehwag,Gambhir,Dhoni,Yuvaraj,Karthik,Ysusf pathan, Raina, Jadeja,bhajji,Vinay kumar,Khan

  • knowledge_eater on April 4, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    The best answer he gave with bat, for who thought he shouldn't be going to Caribbean. Its very good to see he is putting pressure on other batters. I think he should be the first one to get call, if someone gets injured. Especially when Dhoni is n't there he is without a doubt first man.

  • Aravind84 on April 4, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    way to go karthik! you have defintely come back stronger! Just keep it up! It's not long before you can find a permanent place in the fragile indian middle order.

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on April 4, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I am happy for Karthik. Yes he has all the shots in the book & I can see that he will play for India for long time. I would suggest Karthik to be focused, not to get carried away with success. Its all about CONSISTENCY... Cricket is a great leveler they say...It needs solid character & dedication to flourish as a batsman and of course the will power/passion.

    I would love to see Karthik become the next finisher in Indian Team. Indian needs it badly.

    Cheers, Kumar

  • AvidCricFan on April 4, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Karthik is pretty ordinary batsman for ODI and test level. His feet movement during batting are awefull. He struggled to score big against teams like Bangladesh. With others no away game he will be a pathetic performer. He is good for his IPL team and that where it should be left. There are way too many better batsmen than him waiting for breaks.

  • on April 4, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Name matters in indian cricket...and Karthik will be warming the benches

  • PHOENIX2025 on April 4, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Watching DK bat is always enjoyable. The shots that he plays sometimes are very elegant and gorgeous. Take for instance the late cut, sweep shot or be it the drives. He surely knows his cricketing capabilities. And to play so many shots at the highest level against some quality bowlers........Though paying too many shots can cost him his wicket (a gamble that he would wish to take). He is one among a set of people who can play every shot in the book. That's whom we call a complete batsman. Its always good to see such a strokeplay amidst sheer brute of Indian players like Yusuf, Sehwag, Dhoni ect... Needs to convert those 40's and 50 though!..

  • on April 4, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Karthik was overburdened by captaincy as stand-in captain for Daredevils. But he has proved his worth with some good knocks (as non-captain) and very good while chasing scores.

  • vivekk83 on April 4, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    DK is a perfect team man, ready to play different roles as per the needs of the team and that has quite brought about his downfall- coz people expect him to deliver every time he steps on the field and he may not prove to be that consistent( inhumane to deliver every time). Chikka and team have given him a new lease of life by backing his abilities and picking him in the 15... He is smart operator in the shorter format and can make it big in the longer format as he has the talent . I hope he gets a run consistently in the playing 11, to prove his credentials before the next bunch of selectors take over and undo all the hard work thats been done to groom him....

  • stunningseshu on April 4, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    DK has better skills than dhoni, his technique is awesome.. hope he should replaced yuvi, as he struggling to find form.. his excellent fielding also makes lot of difference in indian team....

  • jimbond on April 4, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Karthik is a very average batsman and definitely does not deserve a place as a batsman in the India 11 or even Indian 15. The others in the middle order are head and shoulders above him- Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj, Raina. Even the other new comers like Murali Vijay and Uthappa are much better batsmen than Karthik. It has been a very common strategy for Karthik and his supporters (including Chief Selector Srikkanth- his friend from TN)- to focus on a few performances that Karthik has given. He has played long enough to be selected or rejected based on his batting record. Which is very poor at the Ranji level, and is pretty ordinary at the ODI/test level also. Whereas none of his competitors even get to play ODIs/Tests, Karthik is taken as a reserve keeper and given repeated chances to play as a specialist batsmen.

  • on April 4, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    i just became a fan of dk when i saw him 2003 u19 world cup for his batting skills when i saw him in his odi debut stumping michel vaughn i got flat for his keeping suddenly he missed his skills but now he is again working on it and if any one can remember the stumping he has done u go crazy for his skills diving from long way to stumps

  • Alexk400 on April 4, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Karthik is better wicket keeper but he is not working on wicket keeping because dhoni is main wicket keeper. For me he needs keep himself fit and be a good wicket keeper or just be Finisher like yusuf pathan.

    Even murali vijay is taking next gear in T20. I hope those 2 games he scored big is not fluke. if he can play like that he can be backup or even replace yuvaraj in test.

    What karthik need is though triple hunderd in ranji trophy to get into the indian team.

    Karthik is better player than all young players and even better than kohli. For me kohli is overhyped young brat.

  • on April 4, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    DK is one of the most underrated players in India. He has all the shots inthe books. He can be orthodox (straight drive to cover drive) as wellas innovative (scoop shot to reverse sweep). he can be a opener as well as finisher.I dont know how many people remember the fact tht he played a brilliant innings to win the first twenty international for India. He has developed as a batsman over a period of years. i think he should be in the starting eleven in the icc t20 world cup.

  • manasvi_lingam on April 4, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Yuvraj is in such pathetic form that he must be dropped until he rediscovers his touch. Here is how the ODI team should look: Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli/Karthik, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja/Y. Pathan, Harbhajan, Zaheer and a couple of bowlers.

  • ssenthil on April 4, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Now DK is the best Wicket keeper Batsman in India. If given a role he will surely out play Dhoni. He always comes in to the Indian team knowing whatever he scores he have to sit out Next Match. Poor Guy. How well he is playing for DD when his spot is fixed along with his role. I bet on current form he can walk in to the Indian T20 team as a pure Batsman itself unlike other Wicket keepers he is an excellent Fielder too like AB. I never seen any other W/K are good fielders like AB and DK and both are playing for DD.

  • hollandindian on April 4, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Well Karthik, the last few lines are wel said. I think people like yuvraj can take an example to your form and proffesionilism towards cricket

  • Jeganlal on April 4, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    It is a good headache to have for Indian playing XI. It shows off what elements Dhoni is made of, so that a real talent like Dinesh is not finding a place in playing XI. Team is not dependent on individuals because of such bench strength, and it helps Cricket to be played as a sport in India.

    Cheers Karthik. You have made us stand & applaud for some of your innings played for India. Best thing about Karthik is that though he is on & off in playing XI, he delivers 60% when he gets the opportunity. It, definitely, needs a strong mindset, maturity, attitude to perform at this level, given the circumstances he is in, now.

  • on April 4, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    He sure if a promising player for India. He doesn't go slam bang but is a thinking cricketer. But am afraid there are too many persons who are competing for the lower middle order slot like Yusaf, Jadeja (both of whom can chip in with a few overs as well). Its about getting a right combination and I hope it is in favor of DK.

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  • on April 4, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    He sure if a promising player for India. He doesn't go slam bang but is a thinking cricketer. But am afraid there are too many persons who are competing for the lower middle order slot like Yusaf, Jadeja (both of whom can chip in with a few overs as well). Its about getting a right combination and I hope it is in favor of DK.

  • Jeganlal on April 4, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    It is a good headache to have for Indian playing XI. It shows off what elements Dhoni is made of, so that a real talent like Dinesh is not finding a place in playing XI. Team is not dependent on individuals because of such bench strength, and it helps Cricket to be played as a sport in India.

    Cheers Karthik. You have made us stand & applaud for some of your innings played for India. Best thing about Karthik is that though he is on & off in playing XI, he delivers 60% when he gets the opportunity. It, definitely, needs a strong mindset, maturity, attitude to perform at this level, given the circumstances he is in, now.

  • hollandindian on April 4, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Well Karthik, the last few lines are wel said. I think people like yuvraj can take an example to your form and proffesionilism towards cricket

  • ssenthil on April 4, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Now DK is the best Wicket keeper Batsman in India. If given a role he will surely out play Dhoni. He always comes in to the Indian team knowing whatever he scores he have to sit out Next Match. Poor Guy. How well he is playing for DD when his spot is fixed along with his role. I bet on current form he can walk in to the Indian T20 team as a pure Batsman itself unlike other Wicket keepers he is an excellent Fielder too like AB. I never seen any other W/K are good fielders like AB and DK and both are playing for DD.

  • manasvi_lingam on April 4, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Yuvraj is in such pathetic form that he must be dropped until he rediscovers his touch. Here is how the ODI team should look: Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli/Karthik, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja/Y. Pathan, Harbhajan, Zaheer and a couple of bowlers.

  • on April 4, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    DK is one of the most underrated players in India. He has all the shots inthe books. He can be orthodox (straight drive to cover drive) as wellas innovative (scoop shot to reverse sweep). he can be a opener as well as finisher.I dont know how many people remember the fact tht he played a brilliant innings to win the first twenty international for India. He has developed as a batsman over a period of years. i think he should be in the starting eleven in the icc t20 world cup.

  • Alexk400 on April 4, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Karthik is better wicket keeper but he is not working on wicket keeping because dhoni is main wicket keeper. For me he needs keep himself fit and be a good wicket keeper or just be Finisher like yusuf pathan.

    Even murali vijay is taking next gear in T20. I hope those 2 games he scored big is not fluke. if he can play like that he can be backup or even replace yuvaraj in test.

    What karthik need is though triple hunderd in ranji trophy to get into the indian team.

    Karthik is better player than all young players and even better than kohli. For me kohli is overhyped young brat.

  • on April 4, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    i just became a fan of dk when i saw him 2003 u19 world cup for his batting skills when i saw him in his odi debut stumping michel vaughn i got flat for his keeping suddenly he missed his skills but now he is again working on it and if any one can remember the stumping he has done u go crazy for his skills diving from long way to stumps

  • jimbond on April 4, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Karthik is a very average batsman and definitely does not deserve a place as a batsman in the India 11 or even Indian 15. The others in the middle order are head and shoulders above him- Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj, Raina. Even the other new comers like Murali Vijay and Uthappa are much better batsmen than Karthik. It has been a very common strategy for Karthik and his supporters (including Chief Selector Srikkanth- his friend from TN)- to focus on a few performances that Karthik has given. He has played long enough to be selected or rejected based on his batting record. Which is very poor at the Ranji level, and is pretty ordinary at the ODI/test level also. Whereas none of his competitors even get to play ODIs/Tests, Karthik is taken as a reserve keeper and given repeated chances to play as a specialist batsmen.

  • stunningseshu on April 4, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    DK has better skills than dhoni, his technique is awesome.. hope he should replaced yuvi, as he struggling to find form.. his excellent fielding also makes lot of difference in indian team....