Indian wicket-keeper batter Dinesh Karthik has expressed that the desire to make a comeback has helped him to be consistent over the last few years. He added that he is enjoying his time in the Indian team.
Karthik made a comeback to the Indian team following a three-year gap. His recent exploits in the Indian Premier League 2022 edition, earned him a comeback call. He played the finisher’s role for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the league.
Speaking to the BCCI, in a video uploaded on Twitter, Dinesh Karthik expressed that he is happy and grateful to be part of the Indian team again. He added that it was his dream to make a comeback and wear the national colors. Karthik said:
“Very happy, very proud… it’s an incredible atmosphere and team to be part of. For the last three years now, from the outside, I have been looking in and I know what a special feeling it is to be part of this team. And to be part of this team, I am very happy and very grateful and am enjoying every second that I am here.”
“I have been dropped so many times. I have always wanted to come back to the Indian team. Wherever I have played.. whether it’s domestic cricket, the IPL, the fire in the belly and the urge to come back here and wear the national colors and represent India has been something I dream of every day and that has something that has kept me going consistently in the last decade or so,” Karthik added.
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— BCCI (@BCCI) June 16, 2022
The fact that I have always wanted to come back to the national team and do well has been the shining light: Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik further acknowledged the contribution of others around him to help him enhance his game. He added that the hunger to make a comeback has been the shining light for him. The veteran cricketer said,
“I have always found ways to enhance my game and I have always had people, special people, around me to help me in that journey and they have been part of this journey. The fact that I have always wanted to come back to the national team and do well has been the shining light, so to say, in my life for a very very long time now.”
Dinesh Karthik is the only member of the Indian team from the first-ever T20I to continue playing for the senior national team. He expressed that the T20 format changed over the last 15 years. Karthik said,
“It’s almost a decade and a half.. so a lot of things change. But it’s a great feeling to know that you have played the first T20I and then to be selected to come back and play against South Africa is a lovely feeling. I think cricket has changed from what it was 15 years ago.. especially this format (T20). I have been part of it and seen it grow.”