June 5, 2013

The metamorphosis of Dinesh Karthik

Since making technical changes to his batting, the runs have flowed. In the last year, Karthik has understood himself better, approaching his game with renewed vigour
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Standing around Dinesh Karthik, you can feel a distinct sense of restlessness. He never stands still - with bat in hand, with wicketkeeping gloves on and even when doing nothing. He is constantly shuffling at something or moving around like a rabbit in the woods. But do not be fooled into misreading his attitude only because Karthik wants to be involved in the game at all times. Being an alert glovesman over the years has taught him never to take his eyes off the ball. Hence the itch to be heard.

On Wednesday, in Cardiff, he did not bat in the nets. He was the first Indian player to step down the dressing room stairs for the training with wicketkeeping gear tucked under his hand. Having scored two centuries in India's warm-up matches, probably he and the team management felt he should relax. With the rest of the team busy in the main nets, he asked the team's analyst to accompany him to the side nets outside the main ground to take part in some keeping drills. Later, India coach Duncan Fletcher helped him with few hits before Karthik was put through the paces by the team trainer. With nothing else to do Karthik was happy to watch his team-mates and share some suggestions.

A meritorious student during his young days, Karthik had the brains and the marks to finish an engineering degree. But he decided to make use of his intelligence in cricket. It was one reason the national selectors put their faith in him, giving him a debut even before he had turned 20. However, Karthik was never able to gain a strong foothold in the Indian squad, despite his talent and brains. He last played for India in 2010 and his comeback now comes on the back of a strong performance in the IPL where he was one of the pillars of Mumbai Indians' title victory.

In 19 matches, Karthik, who batted in the top order, scored 510 runs, 407 of them coming in Mumbai's wins. That was almost double the runs he scored in any of the earlier IPL seasons; his previous highest was 288 runs from 13 innings in the 2009 edition. When he moved to Mumbai in 2012 from Kings XI Punjab, he scored just 238 runs from 14 innings at a strike-rate of 111.73 and an average of 18.30.

But this year, Karthik returned with a renewed sense of vigour. He had also made a few important technical changes in his batting, having worked closely with the South African performance analyst Prasanna Agoram. Observe Karthik's batting stance now and you will see he has got more time to play his shots. Having shot him extensively in the nets, Agoram worked out that Karthik had all the strokes, but the one key element missing was balance. Having ironed out a few other technical creases, Karthik has become more consistent. During the domestic season he finished as Tamil Nadu's best batsman in both the Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy (50 overs), which preceded the IPL.

With the selectors not entirely convinced about the fitness of Yuvraj Singh, India have been looking for a stable head in the middle order. If you look at the Indian middle order's performance (batting position 3 to 7) overseas, you can observe the pressure has been on the trio of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni. The sketchy form of Rohit Sharma, the inability of Irfan Pathan to live up to the batting allrounder billing and the absence of Yuvraj only meant that India have been looking for a batsman who can be the pivot in the middle order, by being watchful initially before switching gears late into the innings. Karthik has shown that he has the potential.

Over the last 15 months, Karthik had experienced a metamorphosis especially in his personal life where he suffered a very big setback which took place just before the 2012 IPL

During his two match-winning partnerships with Kohli and Dhoni in the warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Australia, Karthik has proved he is capable of being the answer. A big ask of a batsman in the long bracket of middle overs (15-40) is he needs to be a good runner between the wickets. Karthik's agility was on display in both the practice games and especially with Dhoni at Cardiff, the pair ran the Australian fielders ragged, never shy to even take on David Warner's arms.

Against Australia, during their 211-run partnership , Karthik and Dhoni took 94 runs in singles, twos and threes. Against Sri Lanka, during their 186-run alliance, Kohli and Karthik ran 91 runs.

Highlighting the big change in Karthik over years, Dhoni mentioned how he could play the key role in the Indian middle order. "He is someone who can bat really well in the middle order. He is a good runner. He reads the situation pretty well and he is someone who can look to go on and play big innings and that is what is really important in the middle order. He is technically sound and once he gets going he keeps himself busy throughout the innings," Dhoni said. Also with the World Cup approaching fast in less than 20 months, India need to identify their specialist batsmen and that was the one reason Dhoni pointed out that he would like Karthik to bat anywhere between No. 3 and not deeper than No. 5 because, then, the team would not extract the maximum out of him.

The other difference between Karthik of the past and present is his confidence. Against quality fast bowlers like Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson, Karthik walked out of his crease, not a new step, but the conviction in his strokes, about placing the ball where he wanted to, was such that he could have dominated anyone.

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Over the last 15 months, Karthik had experienced a metamorphosis especially in his personal life where he suffered a very big setback which took place just before the 2012 IPL. The incident, which has not been made public to respect his privacy, occurred during the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2012. It is understood the incident coincided with Tamil Nadu's match against Karnataka in Bangalore. On the eve of the match, Karthik was at the lowest point in his life. The circumstances were such that a normal man would have never found it easy to remain mentally stable. Yet, Karthik decided to play the next day and picked Tamil Nadu out of the woods from 45 for 4 to a strong 270, enough for Tamil Nadu to win the match.

"It was so special," S Basu, one Karthik's closest friends from childhood, says. "The team required him to perform and he walked out and played like a champion. It was an amazing achievement."

Karthik showed similar resolve to recover from the personal debacle of last year. The positive influence of Basu and a good set of friends he had met recently are helping him keep things clear. Basu, previously the performance and conditioning coach at the National Cricket Academy and currently serving as a trainer with Royal Challenger Bangalore, says Karthik is now in a "great space" which has allowed him to perform consistently on the field.

"Mentally he is in a better frame of mind in the last six to seven months. He has understood life. He has understood cricket. And he has understood the direction he needs to take in life. He now knows when to relax and when to switch on," Basu says.

One big influence in this IPL was Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain, who was part of the Mumbai Indians' leadership team. Ponting had said that he was highly impressed with Karthik's attitude and that he sought out Ponting a few times and used him as an inspiration to never give up. Also, the move to Mumbai Indians in the IPL has helped Karthik immensely. The team's quest to be nothing but No. 1 allowed him to contribute and uplift his own game.

Karthik turned 28 on June 1. On Monday, the Indian squad started their training by clapping him their best wishes during the team huddle. Such a warm embrace from his team probably strengthened Karthik's resolve further. For Basu, Karthik's best characteristic is he never gets angry. "He is not 28 as he is really matured. He is a cerebral fellow and we friends always tease him that he is the perfect package for being a family man: a husband, a father and a grandfather," Basu says.

Karthik is a perfectionist. In his one-on-one sessions with Agoram, if he played 98 out of 100 balls well but missed out on the two, he would start all over again. His intelligence, his preparation and his maturity are allowing Karthik now to believe in himself more as well as enjoy his game.

Next time you see Karthik walk out on the field, observe the number on his ODI shirt - 19 is the number Rahul Dravid wore. Apparently 1 and 9 are Karthik's favourite numbers. In fact those are the numbers he rolls the dice when he plays the roulette. At the time Dravid was playing, Karthik had 91 on the back of his shirt. After Dravid's retirement Karthik decided to take his number. It might not matter much, but Karthik would be proud to confess that he would like to imbibe all the characteristics that made Dravid a great player, a great batsman and a great man.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • vivekk83 on June 6, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    A guy with immense ability but never played to his true ability.... Good to see that he is firm about playing in the middle order.. Harsha Bhogle had once written about DK was turning to be the next Laxman, opening the batting without great success , while he should have been playing the middle order. Hope he can replicate his form from the practice games in the actual competition. His comeback would be complete if makes the cut for the SA tour considering his good back foot play... Goodluck DK and sorry to hear about your personal troubles....Keep going mate, one game at a time for now...

  • Naresh28 on June 5, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Karthik has been a player who was almost forgotten. A past U19 player has finally shown his class. He first appeared on the scene from far back as 2004. If not for Dhoni he could have played earlier.India's wicketkeeper/batsman mix looks good with Sanju Samson a future prospect as well. Where would one slot Karthik in the test side? This CT should see Karthik seal his spot.

  • AvidCricFan on June 5, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Hope he succeeds and produces good knocks. Up until now, he has not grabbed the chances given to him. He had concentration problem where he would throw away his wicket after a good start. In terms of technique, he is a better WK batsmen when compared to other WKs, including Dhoni. However, what Dhoni lacks in technique, he makes up with shear grit and determination that Karthik lacked. In domestic cricket, even Parthiv Patel is batting well and did reasonable in IPL too.

  • Unmesh_cric on June 5, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    I am a fan of Dinesh Karthik's batting. He hits crisp, proper cricketing shots. Even when he tries some innovations, he never looks ugly. He has a very good technique. The only problem with Karthik when he started out was his temperament. He used to play a few eye-pleasing shots and then get out. But he seems more focused now. In my opinion he is one of the better players in seam-friendly conditions. Anyone remembers 2007 India-England Test series in England? Karthik looked very tight in his technique as an opener and one of the reasons India won that series was solid platforms laid by Karthik-Jaffer opening partnership. I hope Karthik does justice to his talent now. They say age of 28 to 32 are the best days for a batsman. I hope it's a new beginning for Karthik's career. Good luck, Dinesh!

  • Alexk400 on June 12, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Dk has incredible technique. I think he has all the shots in the cricket textbook. The issue always when to play what shot. He kinda like golf amateur. Can make 65 and 76 same time depends on mood. He need to select few "SAFE" shots from his book and use it and also some bowlers bowl in his zone and he need to use shots that effective against each bowler. His problem always he try to show of or showy style like amateur who does things to gets noticed. He needs to get to next level and show he has been there and no need to do anything except being extremely productive. He needs to stay at crease and never gets out. His goal always has to be not to match up with partner instead he need to be in his own gear. if partner play few extravagant shot , he need to let them and play normal. Team interest come first before show offs. I always likes to watch DK because he hits many "Sweet Spot" shots that every one wants to hit in their dreams.

  • A.Ak on June 7, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    He deserves his chance. He showed his talent when he was 19, against PAK in Kolkata test match. He was pushed out years ago to give chances to Rohit Sharma and YPathan. And with MSD as keeper, they dont need another one. He was given change to play played in Overseas games, I dont think thats fair. This time DK deserves a long run.

  • on June 7, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Gr8 post Nagaraj. He is turning out to be Indiana Jones of India Cricket !

  • itsthewayuplay on June 6, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Dinesh Kartik is one of many players who has been treated harshly by the Cricket India. He was given an opportunity at a very young age to play international cricket and was dropped after an average start. Rather than support, encourage and invest in him he was left out to make his own in the cricket wilderness, much like Partiv Patel, and most untypically of the BCCI he has been recalled. Hopefully, MSD will show faith in Kartik by giving him an overdue extended run and I hope this is means the door is open to anyone based on form and fitness. It's unfortunate that Vijay has missed out but Kartik's consistent performance in all forms of domestic competition is the right basis for selection and should apply to all players. This is why it's so important that Tendulkar considers his inernational test career so that Dhoni can finally start to rebuild the team starting with a selection policy that applies to all players. Good luck Kartik the Comeback Kid.

  • on June 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I am a big fan of him from his debut against Australia. He has done very well in Bangaladesh & England 2007 but was never given opportunities continously and was used by the team as a makeshift batsman from No.1 to No.7 slots. He has not been given opportunity in India continously. Hats off to him the way he has came back to India team with purely on merit.

    All the best. Keep going DK.

  • varun171 on June 6, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Great Article.. I am a big fan of DK. Not only his batting or wicket keeping, but also for the commitment he shows while fielding. I certainly believe that DK is ONLY player in Indian who is as much talented as AB De Villiers. Not only he is good with bat and gloves, but also exceptional in the field. I still remember the catch that he took of Smith in the 2007 T20 WC while fielding in slips. He even kept wickets in later part of SA innings and had couple of stumping to his name. He is one the middle order batsmen who team management has tried to play as an opener in tests and ODI, simply because of the big names in the strong middle order. Now after the retirement of the greats in the middle order, barring Sachin, I certainly believe he can play in the middle order and play at No.5/6, depending upon the team selection. He is one player which India needs in the 2015 WC, because he is quick on his feet, an exceptional fielder and can convert one into twos on Big Aus grounds.

  • vivekk83 on June 6, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    A guy with immense ability but never played to his true ability.... Good to see that he is firm about playing in the middle order.. Harsha Bhogle had once written about DK was turning to be the next Laxman, opening the batting without great success , while he should have been playing the middle order. Hope he can replicate his form from the practice games in the actual competition. His comeback would be complete if makes the cut for the SA tour considering his good back foot play... Goodluck DK and sorry to hear about your personal troubles....Keep going mate, one game at a time for now...

  • Naresh28 on June 5, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Karthik has been a player who was almost forgotten. A past U19 player has finally shown his class. He first appeared on the scene from far back as 2004. If not for Dhoni he could have played earlier.India's wicketkeeper/batsman mix looks good with Sanju Samson a future prospect as well. Where would one slot Karthik in the test side? This CT should see Karthik seal his spot.

  • AvidCricFan on June 5, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Hope he succeeds and produces good knocks. Up until now, he has not grabbed the chances given to him. He had concentration problem where he would throw away his wicket after a good start. In terms of technique, he is a better WK batsmen when compared to other WKs, including Dhoni. However, what Dhoni lacks in technique, he makes up with shear grit and determination that Karthik lacked. In domestic cricket, even Parthiv Patel is batting well and did reasonable in IPL too.

  • Unmesh_cric on June 5, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    I am a fan of Dinesh Karthik's batting. He hits crisp, proper cricketing shots. Even when he tries some innovations, he never looks ugly. He has a very good technique. The only problem with Karthik when he started out was his temperament. He used to play a few eye-pleasing shots and then get out. But he seems more focused now. In my opinion he is one of the better players in seam-friendly conditions. Anyone remembers 2007 India-England Test series in England? Karthik looked very tight in his technique as an opener and one of the reasons India won that series was solid platforms laid by Karthik-Jaffer opening partnership. I hope Karthik does justice to his talent now. They say age of 28 to 32 are the best days for a batsman. I hope it's a new beginning for Karthik's career. Good luck, Dinesh!

  • Alexk400 on June 12, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Dk has incredible technique. I think he has all the shots in the cricket textbook. The issue always when to play what shot. He kinda like golf amateur. Can make 65 and 76 same time depends on mood. He need to select few "SAFE" shots from his book and use it and also some bowlers bowl in his zone and he need to use shots that effective against each bowler. His problem always he try to show of or showy style like amateur who does things to gets noticed. He needs to get to next level and show he has been there and no need to do anything except being extremely productive. He needs to stay at crease and never gets out. His goal always has to be not to match up with partner instead he need to be in his own gear. if partner play few extravagant shot , he need to let them and play normal. Team interest come first before show offs. I always likes to watch DK because he hits many "Sweet Spot" shots that every one wants to hit in their dreams.

  • A.Ak on June 7, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    He deserves his chance. He showed his talent when he was 19, against PAK in Kolkata test match. He was pushed out years ago to give chances to Rohit Sharma and YPathan. And with MSD as keeper, they dont need another one. He was given change to play played in Overseas games, I dont think thats fair. This time DK deserves a long run.

  • on June 7, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Gr8 post Nagaraj. He is turning out to be Indiana Jones of India Cricket !

  • itsthewayuplay on June 6, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Dinesh Kartik is one of many players who has been treated harshly by the Cricket India. He was given an opportunity at a very young age to play international cricket and was dropped after an average start. Rather than support, encourage and invest in him he was left out to make his own in the cricket wilderness, much like Partiv Patel, and most untypically of the BCCI he has been recalled. Hopefully, MSD will show faith in Kartik by giving him an overdue extended run and I hope this is means the door is open to anyone based on form and fitness. It's unfortunate that Vijay has missed out but Kartik's consistent performance in all forms of domestic competition is the right basis for selection and should apply to all players. This is why it's so important that Tendulkar considers his inernational test career so that Dhoni can finally start to rebuild the team starting with a selection policy that applies to all players. Good luck Kartik the Comeback Kid.

  • on June 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I am a big fan of him from his debut against Australia. He has done very well in Bangaladesh & England 2007 but was never given opportunities continously and was used by the team as a makeshift batsman from No.1 to No.7 slots. He has not been given opportunity in India continously. Hats off to him the way he has came back to India team with purely on merit.

    All the best. Keep going DK.

  • varun171 on June 6, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Great Article.. I am a big fan of DK. Not only his batting or wicket keeping, but also for the commitment he shows while fielding. I certainly believe that DK is ONLY player in Indian who is as much talented as AB De Villiers. Not only he is good with bat and gloves, but also exceptional in the field. I still remember the catch that he took of Smith in the 2007 T20 WC while fielding in slips. He even kept wickets in later part of SA innings and had couple of stumping to his name. He is one the middle order batsmen who team management has tried to play as an opener in tests and ODI, simply because of the big names in the strong middle order. Now after the retirement of the greats in the middle order, barring Sachin, I certainly believe he can play in the middle order and play at No.5/6, depending upon the team selection. He is one player which India needs in the 2015 WC, because he is quick on his feet, an exceptional fielder and can convert one into twos on Big Aus grounds.

  • spinkingKK on June 6, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    I have always maintained that Karthik, Pathan and Vijay should be always in the team. Karthik was the first person to take on the South Africans when India played their first T20I in South Africa and that match really proved to me that this guy has got the mental strength to take on anyone in international level and he had the maturity to take control of things, instead of getting mentally down when big stars like Tendulkar and Sehwag gets out. However, one thing wrong written by this writer is when he said of Irfan Pathan's inability to live upto the Batting allrounder billing. Everytime I see Pathan, I see him hit sixers and fours and doing what was required off him. Pathan couldn't make a series of big scores because he was never been treated like an allrounder by the captain. That is not his inability.

  • vmkrish2002 on June 6, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    He has to bat at 3,4, or5 if Dhoni really wants to get the best out of him.... Immensely talented... Some of his shots when he finds the gaps , haven't seen any one in the current Indian line up find those... It's just a matter of time and I think he will be back to the Test Squad also.... One of my favourite cricketers... DK your time has come.. Just play... Your fans are with you...

  • ramli on June 6, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    If he shows resolve and succeeds in CT he has a good chance of making it to SA for tests ... he has staying capacity and can fit into Rahane's place in test team ... he lacked consistency before ... let us hope he comes out on top ... good luck

  • on June 6, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik, a player of the past who was overshadowed ,now he proved that he is the best wicketkeeper/batsman in the world.We know what he can do behind the stumps,can you remember tha catch of greame smith that he had take in the 2nd slip in 2007 t20 world cup.its him,now he proved his talent and we have to show it to those person who didn't give any chances to him in the past.Well Dinesh,i was hoping for your best for last 3 yrs and i think u will be the best.

  • on June 6, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It is now or never for Karthik. Perform or perish. I think not just Karthik, also Shikar Dhawan. They need to grab this window of opportunity. I would not consider Rohit in the same vein. He is a blue-eyed boy of Indian cricket. He is given umpteen chances to fail. Karthik and Dhawan please don't let this opportunity. Perform and keep that blue-eyed ball out. I wonder what Rahane and Tiwary has done to be overlooked.

  • on June 6, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Well written...Hope Karthik bats well today!!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on June 6, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Karthik needs to open along with Dhawan... especially in England where Vijay is no good with the moving ball..Kohli and Raina need to come before Dhoni. Karthik needs to show consistency with the bat. He had a good season with the bat in 2007 at England and then faded away after that because of inconsistent batting. A consistent batsman at the opening slot does a lot to the team confidence and performance and ALWAYS makes the difference between winning and losing a game.

    Karthik needs to tighten his mental preparedness to be a regular. He also needs to tighten up his fielding and be seen to be on par with Raina, Kohli, Rohit and Jadeja. I personally think India needs a good slip fielder after Dravid and he can fit himself into that role.

    Ashwin and Vijay have poor bending reflexes and can barely make quick ground on the field. They are infact liabilities on the field where the focus is to save runs and take reflex quick catches.

  • on June 6, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Excellently Talented guy realized his potential, but unfortunately was overshadowed by big names in the past. He is the best when he stands behind the wicket, not proves in front of it too. WIsh him Best of Luck for a birght career ahead.

  • Santhosh-Iyer on June 6, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Am always a big fan of DK and never miss a game of him in Bangalore. I watched live in Chinnaswamy that magnificent 137 he made against Karnataka, the 30 odd people were gifted with that knock. never knew he was under a personal set back on the eve of that knock! WoW. Amazing, Good luck DK !!

  • Karunk on June 6, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Happy that Karthik is back in the team. Dhoni's presence in the team from 2006 kept him out and as author has mentioned, his preparation, intelligence & maturity helped him in getting back into the team. Players like Rohit & Yuvaraj can play one brilliant innings in 10 matches where as Karthik with his resolve & better mental frame of mind, will provide more consistent performance in all the matches. Retirement of Dravid, Laxman & Sachin in the middle order created few slots. Hope Dhoni allows him to keep wickets, since, Karthik is technically a better keeper than Dhoni. If it happens, Dhoni will lose his place in test team.

  • on June 6, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Since the last season , Karthik has been in roaring form ,irrespective of the format . It shows that he has matured as a batsman and ready to play a key role for India for some time to come . If Dhoni decides to retire any time in the near future , we have a very good wicket keeper batsman in Karthik . After all the efforts put in by him is paying dividents and I wish him all the best .

  • on June 6, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Awesome Article Keep Coming Nagraj Gollapudi

  • on June 6, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Good Luck DK19 do well....

  • jango_moh on June 6, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    i hope karthik does well... he just got unlucky bcos DHONI came along.... he's got a much better technique than dhoni... he would be a good addition in the top or middle order, gluck!!!! and GO INDIA!!!!!

  • Sir.Ivor on June 6, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    I am not one bit surprised at the true emergence of Dinesh Karthik. In fact quite some time ago when he was not even being considered for India having been mostly given up, I had written in these comments that he should give up wicket-keeping and play only as a batsman. I had seen his technical ability as an opener both against South Africa with Pollock,Hayward, Ntini and Kallis but also against England with Sidebottom, Anderson, Tremlett and Panesar. He had all the strokes and was fearless. I remember he had been in a long partnership with Rahul Dravid in Calcutta against Pakistan some years ago. In fact I consider him captaincy material if Dhoni is out of the race. He has a keen mind and more importantly has the dignity and calm one looks for in a Captain. I wish he upward curve is from now on with the tours of South Africa and New Zealand around the corner. You can trust Karthik to be there for India if all seems lost. He is a wonderful batsman and a gentlemen to the core.

  • vaidyar on June 6, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Remember India's win in Eng in 2007? DK was pushed up to open and was the highest scorer for India with 263 runs. No one except Kumble got a century, so it is of particular significance. Remember Ind vs Pak 2005 in Kolkata, when India were looking at defeat at 156/4 and an injured VVS, before DK walked out and rescued the team with Dravid? He's always had the technique, the resolve and the potential. He just needed a bit more backing from the selectors, at least half the number of chances a chronically non-performing Rohit Sharma would get. But am happy for him. Hopefully he'll cement his place in all formats for a good 5-6 years at least. He has the technique and potential for it! Go DK!

  • on June 6, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    All the best DK, hope this time permanently keep place in team India

  • Pilotprem on June 6, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Hi Karthick , i was waiting for this juncture like anybody else , once heard not sure you had made 400 + in IIT chemplast ground in chennai , i am following you for last 10 years ,keeping my fingures crossed for your success at INTL level , even Dhoni arrived at scene you have nice words for him , hope you overcome your personal loss if any & blossom for the sake of INDIAN CRICKET , love your attitude , keep going boy

  • on June 6, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    One of My Favorite Cricketer. But for Dhoni, he would have been India's Mainstay for long time. Hope they Keep him for a longer time and not judge based on 1 or 2 performances. He might be a Strong Contender for Indian Test team too !

  • kapilesh23 on June 6, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    I am not a great fan of Karthik but after reading this article I certainly respect him. Calling him Indias Hussey is absurd. He earned his place in the team by sheer weight of performance unlike Rohit Sharma. I hope he transforms his red hot practice matches form in the league matches as well. Best of Luck Karthik.

  • on June 6, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Always has been one of my favourite cricketers! Think his Wicket Keeping is solid and don't know why he has n't clicked as a cricketer.

    Should be like another Pujara in our team!

  • roversgate on June 6, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    I know Karthik is doing well in the middle order but he is in form and has formerly been an opener for India in limited overs. Considering that the genius selectors have picked M. Vijay as the other opener despite Vijay being a more defensive batsmen, it might not be a bad idea to have Karthik open with Dhawan. That way the openers can be followed by Kohli, Raina and then Dhoni to ensure a in-form and tough to beat top 5. India being a batsmen short means that the #6 slot will be undetermined but it is better to have a weaker #6 than a weaker #2.

  • usernames on June 6, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    The guy has good technique. If he can just show good temperament, the rest will fall in place! Way to go!

  • cricketist on June 6, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Sincerely hope this article serves as inspiration for him to perform rather than one of the many damp squibs where you have plenty of action in non-relevant situations and nothing to show in the actual match situation.

  • kannan14 on June 6, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Thanks to Mr Basu. Im the big fan of DK and Badri, since he's debut I watch him (DK) I know one day he will toch the everest. half way he past defenetly he can do it,all the best,god bless to him for bright future. My cricket experience is hi's age. I try to follow his shots but I did't, he is wonderfull player.go Karthik go,do well karthik do. Thanks to cricinfo

  • 2009SHAMZ on June 6, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    It is good to see DK back in national colours again. Long overdue. Wonderful talent, with bat and gloves. Needs to prove his worth and cement a spot in Indian team, for some years to come. he can be a contender for a middle-order slot in the 2015 WC and also back-up keeper to the big man - Dhoni good luck Dinesh !

  • on June 6, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    All the best Karthik! Hope your second entry would shine better than the previous.

  • sportofpain on June 5, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Good luck Dinesh! I still remember the blinder that you took at slips to dismiss Greame Smith(?) during the ICC T20 WC IN SA. That was special. You have something about you and I hope all this hard work now pays of for you. Will be rooting for you.

  • BnH1985Fan on June 5, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Good article, and DK has had a good run last 2 matches and in the IPL. But DK has only scored a 1008 runs in 52 ODI matches at an average of just over 27. Playing in English conditions, when it really matters, will be a challenge. I hope DK can come through; other than Kohli and Dhoni all other Indian batsmen have struggled badly so far.

  • on June 5, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    He can be a reliable batsman for India if he keeps his form intact. I always liked his batting but like so many other players he seemed to be lost as well (Robin Uthapa???). Great he got chance to play again in national colors, lets see if he can turn things around this time.

  • Batmanindallas on June 5, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    I wish him all the best. Karthik has failed to deliver in the past..this could be his tour to make it..best of luck

  • kabe_ag7 on June 5, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Awesome. Been rooting for Karthik for a long time. Hope he gets the success he deserves.

  • Paras.Rishi on June 5, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Karthik struggled in the latter half of the IPL, but he has surely earned his comeback ODI against SA. Good luck against over-rated SA ODI team.

  • xylo on June 5, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Sounds like DK could be India's Mike Hussey.

  • xylo on June 5, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Sounds like DK could be India's Mike Hussey.

  • Paras.Rishi on June 5, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Karthik struggled in the latter half of the IPL, but he has surely earned his comeback ODI against SA. Good luck against over-rated SA ODI team.

  • kabe_ag7 on June 5, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Awesome. Been rooting for Karthik for a long time. Hope he gets the success he deserves.

  • Batmanindallas on June 5, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    I wish him all the best. Karthik has failed to deliver in the past..this could be his tour to make it..best of luck

  • on June 5, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    He can be a reliable batsman for India if he keeps his form intact. I always liked his batting but like so many other players he seemed to be lost as well (Robin Uthapa???). Great he got chance to play again in national colors, lets see if he can turn things around this time.

  • BnH1985Fan on June 5, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Good article, and DK has had a good run last 2 matches and in the IPL. But DK has only scored a 1008 runs in 52 ODI matches at an average of just over 27. Playing in English conditions, when it really matters, will be a challenge. I hope DK can come through; other than Kohli and Dhoni all other Indian batsmen have struggled badly so far.

  • sportofpain on June 5, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Good luck Dinesh! I still remember the blinder that you took at slips to dismiss Greame Smith(?) during the ICC T20 WC IN SA. That was special. You have something about you and I hope all this hard work now pays of for you. Will be rooting for you.

  • on June 6, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    All the best Karthik! Hope your second entry would shine better than the previous.

  • 2009SHAMZ on June 6, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    It is good to see DK back in national colours again. Long overdue. Wonderful talent, with bat and gloves. Needs to prove his worth and cement a spot in Indian team, for some years to come. he can be a contender for a middle-order slot in the 2015 WC and also back-up keeper to the big man - Dhoni good luck Dinesh !

  • kannan14 on June 6, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Thanks to Mr Basu. Im the big fan of DK and Badri, since he's debut I watch him (DK) I know one day he will toch the everest. half way he past defenetly he can do it,all the best,god bless to him for bright future. My cricket experience is hi's age. I try to follow his shots but I did't, he is wonderfull player.go Karthik go,do well karthik do. Thanks to cricinfo