Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik was a part of the Indian World Cup squad which lost To New Zealand in the semi-final in 2019. He recently spoke to Sportskeeda about India’s form in recent ICC World Cup tournaments and their poor record. After India’s Champions Trophy win in 2013, India have not won any major ICC tournament including the ODI and T20 World Cup. Since then, India have played two 50-over World Cups, two T20 World Cups as well as the Champions Trophy but without success.
The Tamil Nadu cricketer recently won the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition. In the 2014 T20 World Cup, India made it to the final where they lost to Sri Lanka. In the following year, they made it to the semi-final of the World Cup where they lost to eventual winners Australia. In 2016, they once again lost in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup at home.
Their latest defeat in the ICC 2019 World Cup was the heaviest of them all. They had the team to win the tournament with MS Dhoni in form though still in his prime. The entire Indian team was in form but New Zealand played better on the day of the knockout game.
Meanwhile, talking to Sportskeeda, Dinesh Karthik said that there is no specific formulae to win ICC tournaments.
There is No Code To Crack: Dinesh Karthik
“There is no code to crack. When you play a tournament like that (ICC competitions) the most important thing is the league phase. If you’re a consistent team, more often than not you will reach the knockout stage. India as a cricketing nation has always done that”.
“In almost every tournament that we’ve played, we’ve reached the knockouts. In the knockouts, it depends on whatever happens that one day. Unluckily the rub of the green has not gone our way. Almost every ICC tournament, we’ve made it to the semi-finals. But you have one bad day and it so happens to be on that day,” he added.
Dinesh Karthik is fondly remembered for helping India win the Nidahas Trophy final in 2018 by hitting a six off the last ball of the match. He was also a part of India’s 2007 T20 World Cup squad which won the tournament in South Africa.