Dinesh Karthik, who was part of MS Dhoni-led India that won the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, has been included in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
After a brilliant IPL season with Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier this year and his performances for the Indian team thereafter when the opportunity arose, Dinesh Karthik is now finding his name in India’s 2022 T20 World Cup squad.
Remarkably, Karthik is one of only two current team cricketers to also feature in India’s victorious 2007 campaign with MS Dhoni, with skipper Rohit Sharma as the other. The 37-year-old posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after his recording.
Karthik, who had been pushing for another comeback in India with his stellar run at IPL 2022, played the role of finisher for RCB and the Indian team. He had the highest strike rate of the top running backs in the tournament, scoring 210 runs in seven innings at 205.88.
The Tamil Nadu cricketer returned to the national colors for the first time since 2019 after an impressive IPL in 2022 for Royal Challengers Bangalore, scoring 330 runs in 16 matches.
DK impressed at home in the T20 series of five games against South Africa. In the fourth T20I of the series, the 36-year-old hammered a 55 runs from 27 balls to lead the hosts to a 169/6 win tally. Although Karthik was part of the Indian series roster in Ireland, England, and the West Indies, he hasn’t had too many deliveries.
Karthik has maintained that the motivation to play in India remains as strong as ever.
Dinesh Karthik the finisher
DK’s stunning attack in the Nidahas Trophy final remains a part of cricket fans’ golden memories. That special goal against Bangladesh breathed new life into his on-and-off career.
Currently, DK is behind Rishabh Pant in the pecking order at 11 am. However, his finishing skills make a strong case for his inclusion in the eleven. The veteran fighter has done quite well since his return making some crucial cameos for the Indian team, in the limited opportunities he’s had recently.
A dream come true for DK
The Tamil Nadu cricketer couldn’t hide his excitement after being named in the Indian squad for the big event. After the selection, Karthik tweeted “Dreams come true”. The tweet attracted many fans and also some members of the Indian team. All-terrain Hardik Pandya who saw DK’s tweet replied in one word and got a lot of love. Gujarat cricketer wrote ‘champion’.
“The biggest vision was to play for the country. I know a World Cup is just around the corner. I desperately want to be a part of that World Cup and help India cross the line;” he said before adding:
“It has been a long time since India has won a multinational tournament. I want to be that person who helps India with that. For that you have to prepare differently; you have to be aware of a lot of things and try to be that player where people get up and notice you and say; ‘Hey, this guy is doing something special and I wanted to be that guy.”
After the All-India Senior Selection Committee announced India’s roster for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia on Monday; Karthik was delighted to have secured a place in the Indian T20 World Cup line-up. He expressed his happiness on Twitter, writing, “Dreams come true.” In response, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya said, “Champion.”
Karthik has also been added to the announced roster that will play the series at home against Australia and South Africa.
India squad for T20 World Cup:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper); Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby players: Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar
India Squad for Australia T20Is:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper); Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd. Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
India squad for South Africa T20Is:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohd. Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.