Ever since the 15th Edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which concluded in this very year something truly interesting came out of it. More than the winning team (Gujarat Titans) & the winning captain (Hardik Pandya) of the IPL 2022, India’s Veteran Wicket Keeper DINESH KARTHIK, became the central point in majority of the discussions among the cricket experts & the game lovers. It is surely interesting to note that in this same year 2022, we have ICC T20 Men’s World Cup as well.
Now, as the IPL games were going on this year during the months of March to May, the discussions over Dinesh Karthik making it to the Indian Cricket Team for this year T20 Men’s World Cup was going on too. Now, with his electrifying performance & super strong strike rate in the IPL 2022, these discussions attracted even more eyeballs rightly after the end of this year’s IPL tournament. There were hours & hours of discussion among the panel members on television and internet upon Dinesh Karthik being the part of the Indian Cricket Team for this year’s T20 World Cup!
Some would argue that he would not make in the cut off even after such a splendid performance due to his age, since in T20 format of Cricket mostly younger players are considered. Others would say that the Legendary Indian Wicket Keeper Batter Mahindra Singh Dhoni has overshadowed Dinesh Karthik for all these years, so at least now he should be given what is due to him. There would an ocean of opinions upon the selection of this brave Wicket Keeper Batter Dinesh Karthik & the question of him playing for the Indian Cricket Team was a million dollar question at that moment.
Thankfully, he got picked up in the Indian Cricket Team for all the T20 Tournaments that India was supposed to play after the 15th edition of the IPL. Right from the Bilateral T20 Series against South Africa, where he also made a ‘Memorable Half Century’ to this year’s Asia Cup, he found the spot in the Indian T20 team each time & became the essential part of the national side. Then came the bilateral T20 Series against Australia and South Africa once again and in these two bilateral series too, Dinesh Karthik remained the part of the India’s T20 Team where again he won the hearts of the entire nation with his consistently electrifying performances!
‘The Ageless Hero Dinesh Karthik’ and the Indian Cricket Team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is like a romantic thriller, where the cricket fans desperately wants to see the extraordinary performances by Dinesh Karthik in each game & feels the thrill too whenever this amazing batter bats for India. As cricket lovers & fan of this great player, we all hope to see our hero Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik to keep playing for India & win this year’s T20 World Cup for us. As expressed by Dinesh Karthik himself too, he wants to end his International Cricket Carrier on a high note with some great memories to cherish after his retirement. Talking about retirement of a player, makes any sports lover sad however, this is the cruel fact in the world of sports.
Well, the 2022 edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is going to be quite special in many ways for the Indian Cricket Team. Yes, any game of cricket is special for the Indians, so why wouldn’t be this tournament, especially when it is a World Cup! In a nation, where the game of cricket is taken excessively seriously and the game lovers worship the cricketers, the pressure of not getting on the bad side of the fans always stays in the players’ minds!
Very boldly around 6 months ago, Dinesh Karthik made a public admission of his ultimate ambition of playing this year’s T20 World Cup for India. Well, DK’s dream came true as the veteran wicket keeper was named in India’s 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad. He kept his place for the T20 World Cup despite immense competition from the younger brigade. It is noteworthy that Karthik is one of the only two cricketers in the 2022 squad to have also featured in India’s victorious 2007 campaign under MS Dhoni, while current skipper Rohit Sharma being the other.
Written By NEEL PREET – Author of the Books, Voice From The East (2016); Journey With Time Place And Circumstances (2018) & Indian Defence Files (2021).