Indian Premier League 2010 April 4, 2010

Confident Karthik eyes finisher role in Indian team

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Karthik 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...

  • who 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!

  • Dre on April 5, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Dinesh Khartik can bat, he always 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.

  • Vetric karthick on April 5, 2010, 13:06 GMT

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

  • George 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

  • Allan 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.

  • Sathish 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2010, 17:46 GMT

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

  • Alex 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 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..

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