Dinesh Karthik feels wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik feels that playing in different conditions on the Caribbean Tour will stand India in good stead as they prepare for the various challenges that Australia’s stadiums will pose during the T20 World Cup later this year.
India played its first three T20 matches in the West Indies before moving to Florida in the remaining two matches. In the three games, the Indians had to navigate different conditions. They encountered a two-pound court in Taruba, while the St Kitts wind was strong.
“I think it’s a lot of fun because even right in the World Cup, the three stadiums that come to my mind are Sydney – [where] “The sides are a little smaller and the straights are longer,” Karthik said before the fourth round of T20I. The straight lines are short and the sides are very large.
He added, “Obviously we will face different stadiums wherever we play, so the challenges will be different.”
“Here, the challenges were different everywhere we played. So, the fact that every time you get a chance, there’s a certain challenge that comes as soon as you get in. That’s the stress in itself.
“One of the main things that Rohit [Sharma] and rahul [Dravid] In this series, we initially talked about adaptability and understanding situations. I think that’s something we’ve done well so far.” Karthik has thrived in his new role in the team, but the 37-year-old feels it’s tough to be as consistent as the goalscorer.
“The role of the finisher is one of those roles where consistency is difficult to achieve. Every time you get in, you have to be able to make an impact that helps the team.
“There are a lot of factors that can make it more difficult for you, especially in the Caribbean and Miami, the wind is going to be a huge factor, even though it’s a sport played with a heavy ball, the wind dictates some of the times, where the shots play.” Both ways, the players are clever and try to force you to hit the wind as much as possible.
This makes it even more difficult.” Karthik returned to the Indian team after an amazing IPL season where he was at his best. When asked if he felt pressure to perform every time at the national level, he said, “The pressure is a privilege at this time.”
“As an athlete, it’s taken for granted, when you play at a higher level and when people expect certain things from you. The important thing is to make sure that on a particular day, what is the state of the match, read the match status and try to give your best on that particular day.” Karthik also commended the captain and coach for giving them great opportunities for the players despite facing the problem of glut in terms of talent.
“Players get a chance to fail. It is very important to give players a chance to fail and then move on to the next player. In India now, there are a lot of players.” But here you get value for what you have achieved over a period of time. This is something to respect with this technical staff.
“Now in the Indian team we have the ability to put up two or maybe even three teams in terms of the number of players available. I don’t think many countries can boast of that.”
“The players who are part of 15 (for the T20 World Cup) have to realize how important and beautiful it is to be part of this team and how proud we are to represent our country on the world stage.