Indian cricketer and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Dinesh Karthik has opened up on his on and off from the Indian team in the past few years. The batsman revealed that it was after MS Dhoni’s entry into the team that his international career started getting frequent breaks. He added that Dhoni deserved the position he cemented for himself in the team, that of a wicket-keeper batsman.
“When Dhoni came, he had taken the entire cricketing world by storm with his performance. I knew that now the doors of the team were closed for me as a wicket-keeper batsman. After many decades we got a good wicketkeeper. Look at Ian Healy or Adam Gilchrist, if you’re a good keeper, you’ll be a part of the team for 10-12 years,” Dinesh Karthik said in a video on Aakash Chopra’s YouTube channel.
Karthik was looked up as the mainstay wicketkeeper-batsman of the team until the entry of MS Dhoni during the 2000s.
The 36-year old gave credit to Dhoni and Rahul Dravid for boosting his confidence to take up the position of the opener when it was vacant. He has been playing for the team, not regularly, but frequently since then. He was asked to open the innings for India during the 2007 England tour.
Karthik amassed 263 runs during the Test series and concluded it as India’s highest run-getter against England. Karthik averaged 43.83 in 6 innings including 3 fifties.
The player-turned commentator is not a mainstay of the team and he said that he doesn’t look back and reflect on it much.
“I never pay attention to my things. My nature has always been like this. What will happen next? This has always been a frequent question to me. At that time I wanted to be a strong batsman. Two places were vacant in the team in the form of middle-order and opener. One thing that other people, including Dhoni, told me – ‘You are so talented as a batsman. You can do the opening’. This gave me a lot of confidence and then Rahul Dravid also said that you have the skill to be a pure batsman. So I went into domestic cricket, scored a lot of runs, then got a chance as an opener and did well.”