Wicketkeeper bat Dinesh Karthik believes playing in different conditions on the Caribbean tour will benefit India as he prepares for the various challenges that Australia’s floors will pose during the T20 World Cup later this year.
India played the first three T20s in the West Indies before moving to Florida for the remaining two games. In the three games, the Indians had to navigate through different conditions. They faced a two-step pitch at Tarouba while St. Kitts had strong winds. “I think it’s very interesting because even at the World Cup three stadiums immediately come to mind: Sydney – [where] the flanks are a bit narrower and the straights are longer,” said Karthik ahead of the fourth T20I.
“Adelaide, we all know that the sides are very narrow and the straights are long, whereas in Melbourne it’s the opposite – the straights are short and the sides are very big. “Obviously we’re going to encounter different floors everywhere we play, so the challenges will be different,” he added.
India leads the tie 2-1 after winning their first and third T20.
“Here the challenges were different in every place we played. The fact that every time an opportunity presents itself, there is a certain challenge of just walking in. That in itself is pressure.
”One of the most important things that Rohit [Sharma] and Raul [Dravid] what was talked about in the beginning of this series was adaptability and understanding of the situations. I think that’s something we’ve done pretty well so far.” Karthik has thrived in his new role with the team but the 37-year-old is finding it difficult to remain consistent as a finisher.
“The finisher’s role is such that it’s difficult to stay consistent. Each time you step in, you should be able to create an effect that will help the team. “There are many factors that can make it harder for you, especially in the Caribbean and Miami the wind will be a massive factor, although it’s a sport played with a heavy ball, the wind dictates some of it at times , where you play the shots.
“It works both ways, the bowlers are smart and try to force you to hit upwind as much as possible. That makes it all the harder.” Karthik returned to the Indian team after a spectacular IPL season in which he was at his best. When asked if he felt the pressure to perform every time, he said: “Pressure at this point is a privilege.” “As an athlete, it comes naturally when you play at a higher level and when people expect certain things from you. The important thing is to find out about the game situation on a given day, read the game situation and try to do your best on that given day.” Karthik also praised the captain and coach for giving the players many opportunities despite a problem of abundance in terms of talent.
“Players are given the opportunity to fail. It’s very important to give players the opportunity to fail and then move on to the next player. There are so many players in India at the moment. “But here you get value for what you’ve achieved over time. That has to be respected with this coaching staff.
“Right now in the Indian squad we have the potential to field two teams or maybe even three teams in terms of the number of players available. I don’t think many countries can boast of that.” “Players who are part of the 15 (for the T20 World Cup) should realize how important and beautiful it is to be part of this team and how proud we are should be looking to represent our country on the world stage.” PTI APA AT AT
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