It has been over seven years when team India lifted an ICC trophy. The team won its last ICC title back in 2013 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy when they won the Champions Trophy in England. India hasn’t emerged as title-winners in recent times.
Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has presented an explanation as to why the team hasn’t been able to win a single title after 2013, even though they have played in two ODI World Cups, 1 T20 World Cup, and a Champions Trophy after that time.
Karthik said that although they haven’t won any ICC competition yet, the team has always made it to the knockouts. He said that there is no code to crack in ICC tournaments.
“There is no code to crack. When you play a tournament like that (ICC competitions) the most important thing is the league phase. If you’re a consistent team, more often than not you will reach the knockout stage. India as a cricketing nation has always done that,” Dinesh Karthik said while giving an interview to Sportskeeda.
Karthik, who featured in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand, also gave impetus to the luck factor and added it plays a role in deciding the outcome of the tournament. India had lost the match against the Blackcaps that year, losing their chance to repeat their World Cup victory moment of 2011.
“In almost every tournament that we’ve played, we’ve reached the knockouts. In the knockouts, it depends on whatever happens that one day. Unluckily the rub of the green has not gone our way. Almost every ICC tournament, we’ve made it to the semi-finals. But you have one bad day and it so happens to be on that day,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik has been retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 14 that commences from April second week.