Dinesh Karthik, 37-year-old wicketkeeper and batsman, said the current set-up of the Indian national cricket team is very different from those he has been part of in the past. He also praised head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma for maintaining a calm and positive environment within the team.
On Friday, Karthik played a glorious cameo for India to help them post 190/6 on the board and ultimately win the game by 68 points. The wicket-beater keeper crushed 41 carries on 19 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes at Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad on July 29. Additionally, he was awarded Player of the Match for his performance.
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In an interaction with Ravichandran Ashwin on Bcci.tv, Karthik said he appreciated India’s current setup and added that the captain-coach duo of Rohit and Dravid were dealing with “failure in the most rational way possible”. .
“This Indian team is very different (compared to the previous ones). I really like this setup. The kind of calm that seems to reign in terms of coach and captain, much credit must go to them both. They have created an atmosphere where they deal with failure in the most rational way possible.
The 37-year-old said he was treated the same by management even when he wasn’t performing well for the team. He said:
“They also onboard people who can help players try to be themselves. It was something that could have been missed before. Sometimes, when I wasn’t well, I always felt like I was treated the same. The atmosphere in the changing rooms is very calm and good.
India’s main target is to perform well at T20 World Cup in Australia – Dinesh Karthik
During the same conversation, Karthik further stated that India National Cricket Team’s ultimate goal is to perform well at the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia. He said:
“It’s a journey. You (Ashwin) have also been part of many teams. I’m sure you know the difference too. These are all little tick boxes that we need to have at this stage of the game. But obviously the ultimate goal is to do well at the World Cup. I’m sure we both have a small part to play in this.
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Also read: IND vs WI: Dinesh Karthik has already secured his place in India’s squad for T20 World Cup 2022: BCCI selector
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