Dinesh Karthik aims to play for the 2019 World Cup as well as getting picked for the Test team, according to ndtv.com. Karthik was picked as part of the Indian team during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and also India’s tour of West Indies. He did not get to play a single game in the Champions Trophy, however, he got a chance to play two ODIs and a T20I against West Indies. He now wants to return to Test cricket as well and says he would love to play under Virat Kohli’s leadership. However, Karthik also stresses on the fact that his aim is to play in the ICC World Cup 2019.
“I want to try to push for a spot in the Test team now that I am part of the ODI and T20 sides. That is a plausible dream for me. I would love to wear the whites again and play under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. The kind of shots I have, it can make an impact in the middle-order,” said Karthik, according to ndtv.com.
“It is important to make use of the opportunity given to me in the One-dayers. But I don’t want to keep thinking about it and put pressure on myself. The plan is to score runs whenever I get an opportunity. It feels good to score runs for the country. Feels good to be back in the team. The aim is to play the World Cup in 2019,” he added.
Karthik mentions that he would not like to give up the wicketkeeping gloves, despite being picked in the Indian team as a genuine batsman. “I am a genuine keeper and a genuine batsman. In a sense, I am a two-skilled player. I am a genuine all-rounder and can also field at any position. I have always had the confidence that I can play in any team as a batsman. Keeping comes naturally to me,” the Tamil Nadu batsman said.
Talking about his performance in the Caribbean, Karthik said, “I didn’t play well in the first game (the fourth ODI). I was happy I could score in the final match in a winning cause. It was also nice to put up a partnership with Kohli. He is a great player to play with, a good judge of a run. He is very positive and vibrant person as well. He also made me feel good.”
“It is also about the impact one has on the team’s overall performance. It is about what I am giving to the team in the bigger cause. This is something I am focusing on presently,” he pointed out.
Karthik said he would love to turn up for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), if picked. “It is a massive challenge. You know it is not easy to build a team from scratch. We don’t know anything until the rules come up. I would love to turn out for my home city. It is just that I have never been picked by CSK. There may be various reasons and it may be part of the franchise’s strategy,” Karthik said.
He also feels that the neutral venue concept by the BCCI is a great initiative. Karthik said, “I believe the neutral venues concept is a great effort by BCCI. But I feel teams must play at home and away as there is a lot of history attached to the home ground of every association.”
When asked about Ireland and Afghanistan Test status, Karthik said, “It will be very interesting. It has to be seen what kind of domestic set-up they have. In today’s world, it is important to keep Test cricket as exciting as possible.”